Today was the long awaited gorilla trekking for the clients in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park. We stayed at the beautiful Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge which is a few minutes’ walk to the briefing area, however one needs to drive about 20 minutes to the trail head where the trekking starts. It was an early start for the eagerly waiting clients, I joined in to the briefing point and the trail head before releasing them to start their experience in the jungles of Bwindi forest.
I have done gorilla trekking twice so I was not eager to join and instead preferred to sit by the terrace of the lodge sighting the Virunga where I worked. I managed to get some amount of work done on my computer for which I am truly thankful, this way I get to travel but also get some work done instead of having it pile up on my return. The gorilla trekking took them in total about 6 hours with 1,5 hours to where the gorillas were which was downhill, an hour spent with the gorillas and almost 3 hours on way back because it was mainly uphill.
Bwindi impenetrable forest is mainly known for gorilla trekking and birding even though it is home to over 300 tree species, 12 primate species, 300 butterfly species etc. On this tour we shall visit 3 sections of Bwindi i.e. Nkuringo sector – this is now home to 2 habituated gorilla families, Ruhija sector – home to 4 habituated gorilla families and Buhoma – home to 3 habituated gorilla families. In the other two sectors we are mainly there for birding following the various trails into the forest.
This then was a good break for me on the trip because I got to spend time alone working and planning several other trips for others. I think that for anyone interested in gorilla trekking, you want to consider booking any of the locations in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park – which in total has 16 gorilla families.