Day 158- Day 159: A Difficult day to Bwindi Park, and then Mountain Gorilla Tracking against the Doctor;s recommendations!

"Into Africa" More than a Motorcycle Adventure
Howard Fairbank
Sat 12 Oct 2013 05:28



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Up early, lots of hippo close in the night, also hyena, but the guards were around…. Waiting like vultures themselves for a tip, quite sad man….Hmmm!

Rode through the town of Ishasha…..good feeling, I’d achieved a lot, learnt a lot and survived…!.


Stopped at the Savannah Resort, just outside Kihihi, for first wash, huge breakfast, and charging camera etc…


Tough ride to Buhoma, it started raining and the roads became mud slides. I dropped the bike once, embarrassment in front of a whole village, and then came off, seriously hurting left ankle and knee, about 10 km before Bwindi Village, I could feel I’d done something bad to my left ankle, probably the same as what I’d done to my still problematic right knee, in Mozambique. This wasn’t good news


I checked in under raining conditions to the Gorilla Resort Camp. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Pharmacist, no luck, ….. My ankle and knee were very sore, I could hardly walk. I had dinner and an expensive bottle of plonk wine to raise the spirits, but I was determined to do the Gorillas next day.


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Escorted to the park entrance, video presentation, split into groups, and I got a very athletic 70 year old German  couple, a French joker (The Talker) and his black, British girlfriend, then a belgian couple, she was very unfit. I was dressed in red oilskins, and created quite a stir…. Good Gorilla viewing, Forest buffalo, and elephant evidence. About 1300m climb, took us to 2500m



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Only guest, resting my left ankle, and nervous about the road ahead to Kabale!  Rain pouring down the first night, and I decided that if it didn’t rain in the second night I’d leave on the motorbike.


Wasn’t impressed with the resort, other than the rooms and location….


Lots of people interested I my bike


10 Oct, by diary