All my life I had dreamt of travelling to African and since I was a bit broke, I couldn’t raise a ticket. I had read about the mountain gorillas in the books and on internet and that they are only in Africa. I was determined to see them and I decided to make some savings so that I can be able to go to Africa and trek gorillas. Am a nurse in the UK and therefore I could manage saving some money every month for my tour. In October last year, I had made some savings that could enable me fund my safari. In my mind I didn’t know how this works because I had never done it before. I decided to use internet and searched for a company could arrange for me a 3 days gorilla trekking tour to Uganda. I got many of them and inquired with all of them and got their replies but I chose one that had given me an offer of driving myself for part of the safari without any extra cost. This was amazing because I wanted to try out driving in a foreign country. I went on confirmed the trip with this company and also sent them money for booking the accommodations and the gorilla trekking permit.
I traveled to Uganda in November last year and on reaching Entebbe international airport; I was welcomed by Mbaziira who is the company driver and guide. He was so friendly and we had a good conversation as he drove me to Kampala to my hotel. i loved everything while in Serena hotel. Their services were wonderful and I liked the food too.
The next morning I woke up and had breakfast before Edgar picked me up for a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The journey was quite long and we spent about 8 hours driving. However, we had stopovers in different places like at the equator. We also stopped for lunch at a certain hotel where I tried out the local dishes. The most interesting part of the journey is when Edgar gave me a chance to drive the remaining journey to the lodge. This was so amazing as I drove past breathtaking environment and tall trees. I drove through hills of Uganda and I loved everything. We reached in the evening and checked in the lodge for dinner and overnight.
The next day I took breakfast in the morning and I was briefed about gorilla trekking before we went with Edgar to see them. We found a gorilla family at Rushaga which had 8 individuals; I was so excited and took selfies with them. I spent one hour with them .I can never forget this experience. We returned to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the evening we went for a cultural walk to Batwa people. I met these people who live deep in the forest of Bwindi. They are pygmies and so interesting. I loved this and thanks to Mbaziira who took me to different places. We returned later to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
The next day was all about transferring me back to Kampala for my flight back home. I drove part of the journey and Mbaziira drove the rest. I loved this trip and I plan to go back next year. A self drive car which was provided to us by Uganda self drive was well maintained and it was in good conditions we did not get any problem with it.