My first stop in Kenya was Nairobi, where I stayed in a small guesthouse overnight. The Macushla Guesthouse had a flare from the 1930s and was very nice. The next morning I flew on a small plane to Governor’s Camp in the Masai Mara National Reserve I spent the most wonderful five days there. I stayed in a luxury tent with great Wi-Fi and a full bathroom, including a faucet for drinking water. I had one person looking after me who brought me a hot water bottle to keep me warm at night, as well as hot coffee and crackers when I had my wake-up call before my morning safari. All meals included were delicious, with a four-course meal at night. The service was impeccable.
Then it was on to Uganda Every place I stayed in Uganda was beautiful and I can't say enough about the staff and how helpful everyone was. I landed in Entebbe and the next day I went to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where I was going trekking to see the gorillas in the jungle. I stayed at Buhoma Lodge, where the food was so good I truly wanted to take the chef home with me. The first trek into the jungle took about one and a half hours to see the gorillas, which was perfect. I got great photos and experienced the gorillas up close. On the second day the trek was only about 45 minutes, through a part of the jungle that was quite dark, but I got to experience the gorillas once again in their natural environment. After each trek we all got a half-hour complementary massage which was a wonderful treat.
Lastly we were off to Kibale Forest National Park where we stayed at Primate Lodge. Before getting to the lodge we stopped by Kyambura Gorge to trek into the jungle to see the chimpanzees. I was at the front of the group when I rounded the bend and was totally surprised to find a chimp just sitting on the pathway. The chimp never gave me a second thought nor all the other people taking pictures of him. I certainly was startled. At the Primate Lodge each guesthouse was beautifully set in a very secluded area of the forest. The next day I went for my last trek to find a different set of chimpanzees. This turned out to be really great. We walked about one and a half hours. All we could find was one little chimp way up in a tree, then after about 20 minutes the chimps started to come down out of the tree and we followed them through the forest. It was quite exciting, then they stopped almost in front of us and started to groom each other. It was amazing to see. An hour had passed and we were told it was time to leave.
This truly has been a memorable trip to last a lifetime. The only thing I would have changed was the clothes I brought. I tend to get very cold, especially in cool, damp weather. I didn’t bring warm clothes but really needed them in the evening when I was sleeping as well as in the morning. Most of the lodges and tents only had screens over the windows so the cool air definitely came in. If you don't tend to get cold you will be fine. I had a wonderful time and Natural World Safaris were great at planning my entire trip. I would not hesitate to plan another adventure with them.
Thank you David for everything,
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