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Embarrassing question about gorilla tracking

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I have traveled extensively in Africa over the years but am not young anymore and although I can walk forever am not used to climbing uphill. The last thing on my bucket list is gorilla tracking. I have done extensive research on both Rwanda and Uganda.

My original plan was to go to Bwindi. But I read that the aged are not necessarily assigned groups nearer camp as they are in Rwanda and it is hard to trade. But Gorilla Forest Camp offers these nifty carried chairs for the infirm or fatigued for the cost of the extra porters. Cost is not a problem but would I find this so embarrassing as to be uncomfortable and spoil the experience?? I look perfectly normal but have exercise induced asthma and one painful knee but still really want this experience. I guess you have to reserve the chair as they only have one!

The alternative is Rwanda but no chair and no guarantee the gorillas will be close.
I fear that I can work out til doomsday and still not be able to march uphill for 6 hours.

Any people out there who have been on these trips that can give an opinion??

Thanks, Kimt

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