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“My highlight would be seeing mountain gorillas up close. There are only ~800 left in the wild” - Sambell

A forest full of Life

Views: 126 Visited: Aug 2019 Reviewed: Dec 20, 2019

In August 2019, I had to opportunity to hike into the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Our goal was to find mountain gorillas, however, it wasn't all that we saw. From insects to birds and monkeys to elephants, this forest is full of life.

We drove from the rangers head quarters for about 20 mins before we set off on foot. From where we started walking to the forest was about 15 mins, down hill. You can see as your surroundings change around you from dirt and tea plantations to thick dense bush. We walked across a rickety bridge and into the forest. Trackers went out a few hours before us to track the gorillas and about 45 mins into our walk, up very steep mountains, we had a radio call to say that they had found the gorillas and they were staying with them. At this stage, the gorillas were another hour away from where we were.

The hike is hard and you definitely require a medium fitness level at least; however, it is worth it when you come down the other side of the mountain and a female gorilla is sitting in the shrubs eating and grooming. This female gorilla then followed us as we walked past and headed down to the others who were a short walk away. The rangers ensure you give the gorillas a good distance so that they do not feel surrounded. I recommend anyone with a passion for wildlife and hiking heads to Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, to see these beautiful animals. It is definitely one of the worlds last truly wild places.

With only 800 left in the wild mountain gorillas are a must-see.

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