This morning, on our way out of Bwindi, Clive & decided to visit Bwindi Lodge to see if it would be affordable to book for January when Vic & I come back for our gorilla trek. As I was walking down the steps to the lodge I saw a large monkey sitting two feet away from me in the bushes. As it didn’t seem to mind my presence & looked like quite a big monkey, I stopped for a chat. He wasn’t particularly sociable & continued to munch on leaves with his back to me, refusing to answer my questions. So I carried on down the path.
As I reached the bottom of the path I turned left towards what I thought was reception… to come face to face with 5 gorillas!!! They were as startled as I was, but just looked up & grunted at me – slightly more sociable than their friend then. In a wizz of excitement I ran back up the steps to fetch my camera & Clive – who I found sitting at the top happily watching another big male playing in the top of a tree nearby.
We both went back down the steps – this time to catch the whole family mooching by, including a big silverback & two absolutely adorable babies!! Wow!
Sadly I only managed to get one photo, as by this time the park rangers had appeared with their trekking group & weren’t too pleased at us managing to get a free gorilla sighting.
How fabulous could a start to the day be?!!!
By the way – we didn’t book the lodge…. $400 a night was a bit steep, even if you do get gorillas in the garden occasionally.
Author: Cats Itchy Feet
Who are we & what on earth is CaT’s Itchy Feet?
We are Clive & Taniya Morris. In order to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (along with a host of other reasons) we have decided that we want to see more of the world.
So we are now taking the opportunity to do as much traveling as we can, while we can. We set off in Aug ’09 on an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Africa in our trusty (or so we hope) Land Rover – Itchy.