My Bucket List Gorilla Trek

By Christine Boecker

Of Ponies and Gorillas!

Most people, including myself associate Uganda with gorilla trekking. And that is absolutely true – as I’ve now experienced – but there is so much more to this ‘Pearl of Africa’, as Winston Churchill called it.

I arrived at Entebbe International Airport and was whisked away to a comfortable guesthouse, where I met up with the other travellers in my small group. After a good nights’ sleep we returned to the airport for our small plane transfer to Kihiihi, the closest town to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas.

The trek seemed daunting, as it can take anywhere between one and eight hours, depending on where the gorillas are located on the mountain. Would the hours on my exercise bike pay off? Would I be able to keep up? Would it all be worth it?