Trekking the Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla at Bwindi

Successfully traversing the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a feat in and of itself, but getting the chance to view Mountain Gorillas in their native habitat…truly priceless and well worth the effort it took to get there. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (there is a reason that it is called impenetrable) is home to some 400 Mountain Gorillas, roughly half of the remaining world population of these amazing primates.

It was a 2 hour uphill climb just to get to the place where the gorillas were hanging out that day. Once there, it is easy to stand back in wonder as you experience the pristine forest environment, and then see the life that lives behind the leafy bushes and trees. One ape started walking towards me, and as instructed, I slowly bent my knees and squatted down and did not make eye contact with him. The Gorilla walked right past me, so close I could have reached out and touched him.

Trekking Gorillas is incredible and the proceeds that pay for the Gorilla Pass go to the Uganda Wildlife Department who work so carefully to protect both the forest environment and to ensure the safety of these precious animals.

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