Climbing Kili and heading to see Mountain Gorillas 4


I am sitting in an internet cafe in Kisori, Uganda right now, awaiting my overnight bus (on one of the worst stretches of road I’ve been on yet) back to Kampala. Then tomorrow morning, I will take another bus to Nairobi, Kenya and start on my Sudan visa quest. But as bad as the internet is – no pictures yet – thought I’d give you a quick update.

I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last week. It was amazing. Difficult. Rewarding. Just simply one of the best experiences of my life. Blog coming soon.

Then I spontanously decided to hop a bus from Arusha, Tanzania to Kampala. I had 4-5 days to kill before I needed to be in Nairobi and decided to add another country to the trip, since I heard Uganda was beautiful. It is.

Got here Sunday morning (bus ride will be another blog) and decided to have a rest/beer day. Needed it badly. Also decided to make a seemingly futile, last ditch effort to get a pass to see the mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park. They offer eight a day. At $500 U.S. a pop. Most are reserved months in advance. But there are cancellations. . .

I got a pass for Wednesday on that Monday afternoon. Hopped an overnight bus down here. Got a good night’s sleep last night – first one in a while. Up this morning and got my hour with about 12 of the 19 mountain gorillas in this group in the park. I am hoping that a couple of the 250+ pictures I took actually are in focus. Perhaps some video also.

Pretty good week. Kili and mountain gorillas inside of seven days. Neither of which were booked in advance. I may be the luckiest traveller I know (knocking on wood as I say that, in the hopes I don’t totally jinx myself.)

Lots of blogs and pictures from Nairobi this weekend. Promise.


About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

4 thoughts on “Climbing Kili and heading to see Mountain Gorillas

  • Anonymous

    So glad that you're going to Nairobi. I really liked it. A modern East African city. Just be careful at night. I didn't fit the gorillas in. Saved up for Kili and Masai Mara NP instead. Glad that you saw the gorillas and I look forward to seeing the photos.Scott Lauck

  • Leslie (Downtown Traveler)

    Awesome itinerary! Seeing the mountain gorillas in Uganda/Rwanda is my dream trip. I searched for your other articles on the mountain gorillas and came across this line: “I couldn’t recommend a wildlife experience much higher than this one.” Now I want to go even more!

  • Linda

    I’d say you’re right about being lucky!!! This is my dream trip too……well, one of them, but VERY high on the list!!! Can’t wait to read all about it!

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