Uganda: Crossing The Equator

January 8, 2019
Start: Isunga – Kibale National Park
Stop: Gorilla Forest Camp – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Breakfast at 7:30am and then we hit the road. Nassar drives through village after village and all the kids wave. The mountain slopes are filled with terraced farming and homes. People are drying corn and coffee on tarps in their front yards.

We drop down into and drive through the hot Queen Elizabeth National Park where we stop for a brief lunch at a lodge. Along the way, we stop for a quick picture at the equator!

As we start the climb towards Bwindi Impenetrable National Park it sprinkles a bit and the air cools. The Bwindi Impenetrable forest starts to take shape and it’s stunning. The Gorilla Forest Camp Lodge lies just within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park boundary and I am again greeted in style. I’m slightly pissed that I don’t get my room request when I end up near the adjacent property’s humming generator. I escape to the lounge and sip a gin and tonic while watching L’Hoest’s monkeys play nearby. Next come the warm snacks. Dinner is scrumptious and I clean my plate. As 10pm comes and goes, I eventually give in to the generator and put on my noise-canceling headphones.