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Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

Postby worldtraveller » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:37 pm

Question of Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

For this trip the gorilla track portion on
trekking on
Day 3-6 Gorilla Tracking/Lake Bunyonyi (4B,4L,4D)
Says about trekking.

So is this total of hiking and camping for full duration? or is it just a one day short hike and rest of time in safari vehicle?

As i am considering doing this trip right after tanzania encompassed.

as well anyone who has done this trip, what did u think of this one? was the safari, trek, worth the time, did u get to see a lot of the animals and scenery?

Thanks
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Re: Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

Postby markmol » Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:17 pm

Hi JR,
you stay at Lake Bunyoni for 4 days because they spilt you into groups of 8 people to go treking to the Gorillas, we left early in the morning & travelled in a small van to the start point of the trek.
The rest of the time is at the Lake, there are day treks out of the camp or you can hire a canoe & explore the lake yourself or go swimming, but it is a pretty nice camp just to sit & chill, for a couple of days. A few of our group organized a day trip to Rwanda, our CEO arranged the transport, but they had to sign a disclaimer as this is not part of the trip.
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Re: Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

Postby aarone » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:47 am

Hi Mark,

Can I pick your brains on this? I head off on this trip next week - what's the campsite like? We stayed at one in Ethiopia for a good few days, and it was simple but nice - it had a fridge with beer and a shower - it's all i needed! Is it a well developed site (ie. electricity), or is it just a fenced off field? For that matter - what are the majority of the campsites like?

Fingers crossed for a good gorilla sighting that's not a 7 hour hike away!

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Re: Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

Postby markmol » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:10 pm

Hi Aaron,

the campsite at Lake Bunyoni is good, you are camping right on the edge of the lake,plenty of time for a swim or hire a canoe, there is a bar,restaurant & hot showers, as with the rest of Africa there is electricity but there is power outs, there are plenty of power points at the bar to charge cameras & phones. The camp at Queen Elizabeth also has a bar,here also we had a couple of powerouts, the showers are clean but the hot water ran out after a couple of you shower. Lake Mburo is very basic, there is a bar but the showers & toilets are very basic, you share the camp ground with warthogs, monkeys & at night the hippos will come out of the lake to graze.

the gorilla trek depends on the day, we did hike for about 6 hours, not including the 1 hour with the gorillas, the other groups found them in just an hour. What ever time it takes it is worth it.

i hope this helps

Mark
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Re: Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

Postby worldtraveller » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:38 pm

Just curious how does the luggage situation with this trip work, do you bring all your luggage with you on the trip? thanks
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Re: Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

Postby markmol » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:33 pm

Hi JR,
Your truck with your luggage will be based at Lake Bunyoni for the 4 days, when you travel to the gorillas you will be picked up by a small van & transported to the trek.
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Re: Uganda & Gorillas Overland - DUUG

Postby aarone » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:33 am

Fantastic - thanks Mark. Those sites sound great - probably a lot like the ones in Ethiopia. Definitely looking forward to it now... even more than before!

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