“GORILLAS in the MIST” – a ‘bucket list’ trip for us.

This amazing adventure took us to ‘Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda’s mountainous far south-western tip where you we were fortunate to track the rare Mountain Gorillas.

On our 1st day, we found our gorillas after about a 2 1/2 hour trek. (uphill, downhill, a pretty rugged trail).  We sat down to observe them. There were about 12 gorillas in our group, with half of them in a nicely accessible area and the other half downhill a little further. There were 2 silverbacks in this grouping, a baby estimated by our guides to be around 6 months old, and various youth and mothers. The silverback did the usual chest beating,  but the youngest (4 months old) tried his hand at chest-beating also, fell over several times in the process and bounced right back up onto either his mother’s back or even onto the big daddy silverback!  It was comical and nurturing at the same time.

Day two took us to another region, along a less rugged trail until we actually found the gorillas. At that point we had to bushwack through the dense jungle (guides with machetes) to get to where they were eating and relaxing among the dense eucalyptus foliage. Here we saw a mating couple, a mom with an infant of just 2 weeks, and baby gorillas swinging in the trees.  One (approximately 4 years old)  actually came up to a member of our group and took his hand. He played with him for about 5 minutes, gently moving the team member’s hand so he was stroking the young gorilla’s  neck, scratching his head, and basically hugging him. It was the most gentle, awesome experience!! Then, the gorilla bounced off, up into a tree and started just swinging around. Comical moment.

Once a habituated gorilla family has been located by your guides, you can settle down for an hour to observe them as they feed and groom while their babies tumble about the undergrowth – all under the watchful gaze of the great silverback male. Sitting only a few meters from a gorilla and looking into its soft brown eyes is a spine-tingling experience not easily forgotten.

Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 760 left throughout the world, predominantly in the triangle region of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The area is safe to travel to and through. I encourage you to follow our footsteps into this great thrill of a lifetime. Contact jan@love2trvl.com 

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