Tour day 4 - Gorilla trekking time!!!!
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Ugandaâ€™s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has itâ€™s name for good reason! The arduous trek was worth it however, to have a close encounter with a family of mountain gorillas.
We were given strict instructions to stay 7 metres away from the gorillas, but they must have missed the briefing, running wherever they wanted amongst the trekkers. It took our breath away when one suddenly got up and ran right at us, missing us by centimetres!
We were very amused by the travel advice before the tour indicating that if 250 kg silverback gorilla charges at you, just stay calm :))
Even though something like 99% of groups do see the gorillas, for most of the day there's that lingering doubt, just wondering whether you'll be lucky enough.
We ended up seeing the Mubare group, which is one of aobut 4 groups that have been "habituated", essentially meaning they are used to tourists. Unfortunately the photos of these creatures don't do the experience justice. You aren't permitted to use flash photography, but I assure you that staring in to the eyes of a silverback from a few metres away is an absolutely breath-taking moment.
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Day 4 / Gorilla Trek - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This morning we meet our specialist gorilla guides for a brief safety talk and further information about the gorilla trek and the national park. Our guide is fluent in English and will pass on information to us that to ensure that we understand more about the gorillas and how they live. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest covers an area of 330 square kilometres and is located in the far south-west of the country where Uganda, Rwanda and DRC (Congo) meet. This pocket of huge primeval forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. It has an eco-system that defines the very essence of the continent and has therefore been designated as a World Heritage site.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner