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Trip Report Recent Uganda trip

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Just returned from 10 night trip. First three nights at Primate Lodge, including all day chimp habituation and swamp walk. Had chimps to myself with friend and guide. Two long sightings on the ground playing, staring , and grooming. One chimp waked right next to us. Swamp lovely with flora and birds.

3 nights in QE. Stayed at Kyambura game lodge as only guests! Great service, no road noise, but earplugs needed for call to prayer in village. Boat ride on channel fabulous but game sparse to someone like me who is used to Southern Africa. My friend was not disappointed! Don't miss the birds by the pool. Spent 3 hours in Ishasa looking for lions. No luck and my eyes hurt!

And the tsetse flies hurt!

Now the finale. 3 nights in Bwindi. 2 gorilla permits and one town day. In town loved the Batwa and visited the hospital. Having worked at a government hospital in Rsa, I was rather disappointed. Volunteers from UK doing their best but not as we'll equipped as Rsa.

Despite my training, I had a difficult climb but no chair. Porters made sure I made it. My asthma had flared with a virus before leaving Us, but they were great encouraging me and allowing rest stops. First climb was 1 hour to R group. Short but very steep. Young black back charged and surprised us all. Baby eating ants. 7 meter rule not really enforced. I gave big tip!! One tracker kept me with him and got great pix near front of group

Hike number 2 three hours over top of mountain to M group. Less steep but bad at end. Young silverback with all female and baby troop. Less members viewable but one female wanted sex and kept being rebuffed. Silverback approached us and just wanted us to part to give him a way through. I was inches away 3 times. Babies hard to see on mothers on their backs eating in the budges with babies close on their chests.

My driver from Sanctuary (A andK) fabulous. All lodging great food and service but relatively empty. (Ebola cancellations?)

Worth every penny. No mosquitoes. Great and gentle people. No worries about security. GO,

Kim

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