Yesterday was majorly spent on the road so I really needed rest from the traveling. Mt Gahinga Lodge offered this much needed rest with its comfortable beds and beautiful spacious rooms with hot water – this is very needed in this part of the country where temperatures drop to about 14 C in the evening which for me is cold, being used to Kampala’s beyond 25C.
Today the people had a visit to Mgahinga gorilla national park for morning birding and afternoon golden monkey trekking. As for me, I made my office outside the lodge in a beautiful open area with views of two of the Virunga Volcanoes i.e. Mt Muhabura and Mt Gahinga. These were such spectacular views that motivated me to get down working on my computer with a smile on my face. I did not engage in golden monkey trekking because I have done this before, my main interest on traveling along this trip is to check out the lodges and their services.
Every time I traverse Uganda I am amazed at what beauty I experience, it is easy to miss it and take it for granted but surely we are a blessed people with all this beauty. I am happy that even the local communities are benefiting from tourism in various ways. Uganda wildlife authority gives 20% of gate collections to the surrounding communities to be used for pending community projects like schools, health centers, water projects etc. They also get jobs in the various establishments surrounding the park, start and run their own community projects and lodges plus craft shops.
The highlight for me today was the beautiful views of the Volcanoes because of the great weather, and several birds that came to drink water besides the place I was working from – it also worked as their cooling off place which i referred to as their swimming pool. On the whole it was a successful day and as usual I highly recommend Mgahinga gorilla national park with various activities which include gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, birding, Batwa trail and hiking.