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Reader Nan­dini Chakraborty re­calls nine days’ trekking with pri­mates in Uganda

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Tales from your Uganda trav­els

The high­light: The go­rilla trek – es­pe­cially the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing gently pushed aside by a sil­ver­back as he passed be­tween me and an­other vis­i­tor, try­ing to get to a fresh patch of greens. Must see: I seem to be re­peat­ing my­self here, but if you do one thing in Uganda, then the choice is pretty ob­vi­ous – go trekking to see the go­ril­las in Bwindi Im­pen­e­tra­ble Na­tional Park. Top tip: Be sure to take a porter on the go­rilla trek, even if you are su­per fit. You con­trib­ute to the lo­cal econ­omy, en­gage lo­cal peo­ple with these lovely crea­tures and help to pre­serve a part of na­ture that needs our as­sis­tance to sur­vive. The porters also carry your bags and help you along paths that are steep, slip­pery and are hardly dis­cern­able at some points. Cau­tion­ary tale: The go­rilla trek is stren­u­ous and the Rwen­zori Moun­tains have some steep as­cents. Make sure of your fit­ness lev­els be­fore you try to squeeze too much into your itin­er­ary. I wish I’d known... I wish I had worn an ac­tion cam­era dur­ing parts of the Rwen­zori trek and the go­rilla hikes. The steep­est and most ex­cit­ing parts do not give you much scope to film, but they’re the ones that I wish I had a record of. Any­thing else? Uganda is a lovely coun­try, yet it needs tourism to sup­port the econ­omy and to pre­serve some in­valu­able as­sets for the world.

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