Feb 16 to Feb 18
Entebbe Airport couldn't have been easier. We did not see where the Israelis attached the high jacked plane many years ago but were told the site is till there and it is still talked about.
In a couple of hours we arrive in Kasese moving northwest.
Montreal potholes now don’t seem bottomless.
Our driver for the next six days Petrus met us at Kasese with his Land Cruiser and did a masterful job at driving and guiding. Pavement was so abysmal that we drove on both shoulders (alternatively) and got plenty shook up. Developing countries are mostly similar so enough said – sore ribs are sore ribs!
Ndali Lodge owned for three generations by a Scottish Family by the name of Price was authentic yet rustic with great food, wine and amazing Staff. Beautiful setting in mountains. We were to learn that this was not atypical on the trekking trail. Good ambiance and since most lodges are small, we had the chance to meet people form different countries – all was pleasant and all were there for the same reasons.
By then we were anxious to get some exercise and to begin walking. To get us going, we all decided to go on the "Lake Tour" around the Crater Lake overlooked by the Lodge. Two hours later we returned – did not need that after the chimps. Entourage included the Bussandris and the Rourkes plus three dogs, one of which had been run over by a Land Cruiser and had to navigate on three legs. Using part of the local gravel road network we encountered a goat- herd tending his flocks. So, the alpha dog started barking at the goats and was eventually rammed by a seriously upset goat. We had visions of being next on the 'hit list’ but it all ended well. Happy day.
And then for the big leagues, our first jungle trek, which was to be for chimps in the Kibale Forest where we learned that “what ever hill goes up does in fact also go down in proportional steepness”! We trekked for an overall six hours as due to pride, our Guide. Silver (27 years on the job) would have felt embarrassed had we not seen our nearest cousins.
And so with his encouragement we tackled a final 800 meters (after four hours disappointing trekking as we saw no chimp life) through steep terrain, slippery mud, slick tree roots, razor sharp vines and serious climbs and “slippery when wet’ descents capped off by two falls for Glenn and one for Sylvia brought us to the chimps perched on a tree trunk. The pics tell it all. It in fact did make made it all worthwhile and we were within 2-3 meters of them for 20 minutes.
Not content with the chimp expedition we all went on a two-hour walking tour of the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary basically a guided tour of the perimeter of a swampland. Saw five of the eight monkey species plus many birds. After the chimps this wasn’t terribly exciting.
Experiencing very slow internet for image uploads, will send more when we can.
Where we stayed: Ndali Lodge - Ruwenzori Mountains , Fort Portal, Uganda
Wow.....loving your blog. What an adventure Sylvia & Glenn. Your photos are stunning of the chimps.....while I do photos of "Wildlife" here in Sarasota! Enjoy and keep us posted. Mike & Cherry Richards coming for dinner here tonight! Bonnie❤️
From Pattee, Bonnie, on Feb 22, 2017 at 07:41PM
You guys must be SO stiff after a day like that! I'm exhausted just reading about your adventures!
From Price, Valerie, on Feb 22, 2017 at 09:30PM
Great descriptions of your adventures. David Attenborough would be proud to have been the author of your pictures and narrative.
From Rayfield, Michael and Charmian, on Feb 22, 2017 at 09:38PM
Wonderful reading your experiences, which no doubt cannot truly tell us of heart beating, breath holding , moments! Slip sliding away as Paul Simon sang comes to mind reading your blog. Sylvia take care of that ankle. Love you both. Keep going. Keep writing. Keep shooting.
From Hemens, Deborah, on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:19AM
Very happy to see you are enjoying your adventure. Keep trekking!
From Rourke, Wayne, on Feb 23, 2017 at 01:28PM
On his `slips`,did Glenn assume a curling delivery posture ?! I will be very disappointed if he didn't !
From Tait, David, on Feb 23, 2017 at 05:04PM
Sounds like you are all having the best time ever. Love your stories and adventures. Keep up the blog, it's great. George
From Liberman, George, on Feb 23, 2017 at 05:37PM
Once in a lifetime trip. Enjoy!
From Rourke, Wayne, on Feb 26, 2017 at 01:48PM