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Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda with me and Park Ranger Steven and observe the Mubare group of mountain gorillas. Read more about this experience

Posted on July 25, 2003 06:12 AM



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I have featured your site on WGN MORNING NEWS...any chance we could somehow do a live phone interview with you in the jungle???


Posted by: Larry Potash WGN-TV on July 28, 2003 10:47 AM

Another amazing video Mike!
Hopefully soon we will hear you on deserve local coverage. Your journeys are fascinating. I am constantly checking the site for new updates. Safe travels!


Posted by: Ashley Gull on July 28, 2003 01:23 PM

Super video, i hope to see them in two weeks myself.

Posted by: Maarten on August 1, 2003 04:26 AM

Whew Mike you got some great video.
I probably will never see them in the wild but your video comes very close for me. I love the Gorilla and was thrilled to see your video.

Posted by: Chet Wood on August 16, 2003 10:26 PM

Dear Mike,
My partner and I are planing a trip to Africa in November for 3 months and I found your wonderful web site doing research on gorilla treking. You transported us to Bwindi immediatly. How did you choose to go to Bwindi? Is it the best gorrilla site and are the permits hard to get. Everything we read says we have to get the permits in advance but we really don't like signing up to go on expensive touristy tours. When we travel we like to be more free agents and not be tied down to someone elses schedule and pocketbook. Anyway, is it possible to show up and get a permit or can you recomend the best way to go about getting one. I am so glad we found your site, I love all your stories and adventures as well as the practical info on supplies to take. If you ever travel to Maui you are more than welcome to come stay with us and enjoy our playground here. Mahalo and Aloha, Patti

Posted by: Patti Hawkins on August 17, 2003 11:56 PM

Aloha Patty,

One of my main goals in East Africa was to see the mountain gorillas. I'd heard that Uganda was the best place to see them, so I decided to try there first. (If that failed, I planned to head down to Rwanda.)

I just showed up at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) office in Kampala and was able to buy a permit on the spot. They had a few permits available over the coming weeks. I chose a permit that was valid ten days after the purchase date, and I visited the Ssese Islands and Kibale on the way to Bwindi. If you've got some time (and it sounds like you do), I'd recommend trying this.

I met some people who just showed up at Bwindi and bought their permits at the gate, although this method is more expensive (wheels need to be greased) and would likely involve a lot of sitting around (not necessarily a bad thing, as Bwindi's a beautiful area).

Posted by: mike on August 18, 2003 06:00 AM

My heart was beating in my ears from the start. The excitement over whelming. After years in Africa it still takes my breath away. How wonderful it is we still have these lands/these treasures and talented people like you to record and share them. Thank You.

Posted by: Bunny on August 26, 2003 07:05 AM

You are a brilliant writer! I have been an aspiring to be a writer for years and you take the cake. I hope you plan on writing a book about your adventures - but if not I certainly encourage it. Keep going, you are living the dream of millions - regardless of your hardships!

Posted by: Kim McReynolds on October 18, 2003 10:05 PM

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