A GORILLA SMACKED ME IN UGANDA

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So as to not bury the lede, a blackback gorilla (the second largest gorilla, and the second in command behind the silverback), RAN UP TO ME AND GAVE ME A PLAYFUL SMACK ON MY RIGHT LEG, THEN GRABBED MY RIGHT THIGH (which felt sort of like an 800-pound gorilla smacking me on my right leg, then grabbing me on my right thigh) today while I was gorilla trekking in Uganda.  Read more

PENETRATING BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

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A teensy bit hungover and not terribly motivated, I rallied by afternoon and caught a flight south (flight sounds so big on a small plane) from Entebbe to Kihihi. Then a 1½-hour drive to, I’m thinking…PARADISE. Read more

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FIND OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR IN THE KIDEPO VALLEY

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I am so lucky and happy (KNOCK WOOD)!!! OMG this is incredible!

So I was told that even though there are elephants here in Kidepo, we would not see them because they’re ONLY here during dry season, which is January/February. Otherwise they are in Sudan (there is a long explanation for this that I am still not 100% clear on, so let’s just say Sudan is their vacation home). Read more

KIDEPO VALLEY, UGANDA…THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

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Lions eating Uganda

Today in Kidepo was remarkable. As always, brain is faster than fingers. Words fail. Am simply blown away, and overwhelmed.

For anyone possibly following the narrative, remember that crazy “lucky” lion/buffalo kill I witnessed over lunch (while eating creme brûlée) that I wrote about? Well, we went to check it out this afternoon.  Read more

THE APOKA LODGE IS THE PARK IN UGANDA

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Ummm, ok so I’ve upped the stakes a bit in the past six hours, which seemed impossible after the gorilla trekking in northern ROC (cue: understatement of the century).

After my chartered flight to reach the Kidepo Valley, one of the least visited and most remote parks, which is located here in NE Uganda on the Sudan border, I am staying at the Apoka Lodge, an eight-bungalow paradise in the middle of the park.  Read more