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My Gorilla Trekking Dream

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As Wildland Adventures Marketing Manager one of the hardest parts of my job is reading amazing itineraries, listening to guests and staff share trip memories and looking at extraordinary photos from far off destinations all day. I know what you're thinking "Tuff life dude," but let me explain. After a long day at work all I ever do is dream about work every night, I think that should count as overtime if you ask me!

One adventure that frequently appears in my dreams is our Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Adventure. As a photographer, wildlife junkie and adventurer I think gorilla trekking in Uganda would be a true life changing experience. It has all the ingredients for an epic adventure: an exotic destination off the beaten path, unbelievable wildlife experiences and plenty of diverse landscapes. Even the accommodations on this trip blow my mind, a mixture of 5 different lodges, camps and hotels that each encompass a unique aspect of the area. From the Gorilla Forest Camp where gorilla's can actually come through the camp, to the luxurious four-star Lake Victoria Hotel residing on the shores of Lake Victoria. But of course the real appeal of the trip is the gorilla trekking.

I literally can't put into words what it would be like to be up close and personal with a mountain gorilla in the wild. I have dreamt about it every night this week and I still can't explain how overwhelming it would be. To witness an animal as intelligent, majestic and rare in the wild would be absolutely breathtaking. You would most likely hear a lot of clicking from my camera as I tried to capture this spectacular animal in its natural habitat. Also it's sad to say but there are around 800 left in the wild, so being able to see how these amazing animals behavior naturally in their own environment might not be an option in the future. Thankfully I know that the guides Wildland uses are trained to protect the wildlife and help educate the community and travelers about the importance of gorilla's in Uganda. As well as the accommodations we offer provide support for gorilla conservation and the local community.

Trust me, I'm not trying to "spice" this trip up. This is really what I dream about and I felt compelled to share my dreams with you today. I'm betting you'll be dreaming about gorilla trekking in Uganda tonight!

Just for fun here are five cool mountain gorilla facts:
1. They build nests to sleep in at night.
2. A male mountain gorilla may stand as tall as six feet.
3. The scientific name for the mountain gorilla is Gorilla gorilla beringei. Say that three times fast!
4. They are only found in the Virunga mountains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda and in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.
5. They share 98.6% of our genomes and 99.6% of our DNA

Note: I'm not the expert on this trip, just a dreamer. If you want to find out everything there is to know and more about gorilla trekking in Uganda talk to our Program Director Jeff Stivers. He is the man to talk to when you want to turn your gorilla trekking dreams into a reality.

Your friendly adventurer,

Jonathan Burnham
Bonus: When you travel to Uganda on safari with Wildland Adventures, you help support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI),


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    Tad Wednesday, 28 November 2012

    Those sound like sweet dreams! Trekking with goril...

    Those sound like sweet dreams! Trekking with gorillas is amazing and in many ways, life changing. You should join Jeff on his next Uganda adventure!

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    Jonathan Burnham Wednesday, 28 November 2012

    I would love to not only go with Jeff, but to have...

    I would love to not only go with Jeff, but to have him as my guide would be an epic adventure.

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    lizabaker Sunday, 20 January 2013

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