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post #1 of 8 Old 12-10-2012, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Just got back from a trip there. Highly recommended.

Uganda was amazing. We spent 10 days and felt that another week or two would have been great to see more of the country, even though we are very thankful for the time we were able to spend there. We stayed in really nice places and also stayed in hostels. As I said before, we went for the gorillas and the experience did not disappoint. We were close enough in the forest to be able to touch the silverbacks (there were 4 in a family of 19). We were with a lady (who travels the world for a living as a translator) in her mid-60's doing the gorilla trek and afterward, she said it was the single most amazing thing she has ever done or seen in her entire life - she kept repeating this over and over. It was a surreal and crazy experience at the same time and worth every penny (if you can afford it - do it).
Wherever we went, we saw tons of animals up close and in the wild. We also visited different animal sanctuary's where they rescue orphaned or injured animals from poachers. We also stayed with some locals (have friends there), so we got to visit remote villages and meet people there who are subsistence farmers. Extremely friendly people and very tasty food. I can easily see now why last year Lonely Planet rated Uganda as the best country in the world to visit. We were really happy to go there and skip Kenya and Tanzania, because we did not want to be surrounded by tourists or touts; in fact we seldom saw tourists in the places we went and there no crowds at all. We were never hassled to buy anything - ever. We took tons of pics and after keeping only the ones we want, we still have about a thousand, plus awesome vids from my GoPro and cameras. Here's a few pics (more are here) - I didn't ride my own bike, but took boda-boda's (125's and 250's) as transport a few times.

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Amazing landscapes

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And if you're into travel pics, here's more from a few places we went to over the last couple of years.

Pictures of Sri Lanka

Pictures of Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Israel)

Pictures of Amazon River (Brazil)

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Outstanding! Very jealous of you - would absolutely love to see some of that wildlife in the flesh!

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great pictures

You must have had a wonderful trip even without you Vstrom.

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Unfortunately, with such a short time to travel, riding on most of my travels isn't really an option. I do want to ride on these trips, but the risk outweighs the gain for me - just not prepared to lose valuable time if I get into an accident or suffer a breakdown. It's difficult in some of these mountainous regions to be on these amazing roads and wishing I had my bike (or any bike for that matter) with me.

That said, this last trip was my first time ever riding as a passenger and I have a new respect and understanding on how my spouse feels when she's on the back. Sometimes I push the corners a bit hard and she never complains - she's a really good passenger!

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Great photos. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for sharing the links.

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Thank you for the post and photos. Visiting Africa is on my bucket list. I just watched a great documentary on the parks and wildlife refuges in Gabon. These places rely heavily on ecotourism and charitable donations for their existence.

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Gorgeous pics!!! Enjoyed them VERY much!!

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