On Days 8 & 9 you leave after breakfast and take a short drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough, steep and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile; once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water, rain gear and snacks in a day pack. Cameras with ample memory cards are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock or dry bags for camera gear. Porters are available at an additional cost to help assist with your backpack and give an extra hand in steep sections. Each evening return to the luxury of the lodge for a hot shower, perhaps a foot massage, and a sundowner and sumptuous dinner. Sleep comes early and easy these days, but we recommend you take a peek at the volcanoes in the moonlight before heading to bed!