NCN56 Day 50 – 51: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

October 21, 2014 Comments Off on NCN56 Day 50 – 51: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)
Andrew Walton
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Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

The mountain gorilla is an extremely endangered animal and though the precise numbers of it’s population vary, it is believed that there are just around 650 of these gentle giants remaining. Paying a visit to the gorillas is a lovely way to support their future on earth as the money you spend on your gorilla permit goes towards their protection. A crucial part of conserving the gorillas that are still left lies within the community development work. As local communities adjust their attitudes toward nature and wildlife and begin to protect rather than poach, the future of the beautiful mountain gorilla looks brighter.

Because permits granted to visit the gorillas are extremely limited, we will require some flexibility on both our travel itinerary and the location where will actually get to see them. The mountain gorillas reside in man-made borders, therefore, their range includes Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Whenever it is possible, we will be making use of the National Park in Uganda, but this is dependent upon the availability of permits. If we do not manage to obtain permits to go on our Gorilla Trek, then all passengers will be told beforehand that our journey will travel to Rwanda or the DRC.

On our free day spent in Bunyonyi, we will have the chance to partake in some Optional Activities. You can choose to go on a boat ride to visit the Nyombi Village, here we observe the Pygmy Village in there natural habitat and observe their cultural lifestyle and behaviour as well as be entertained by their traditional performances.

Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek ±125 km (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking
Included Highlight: Pygmy Excursion
Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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