Visiting mountain gorillas
Bwindi National Park is located in southwestern Uganda, where part of the boundaries of the park is the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park was inscribed on the UNESCO list of natural monuments in 1994. Bwindi is one of the last areas in the world where endangered mountain gorillas have their home.
Road to the park
Getting to the park is no fun, especially during the rainy season. The park is located in a hot area at an altitude of 2000 m and is reached by mountain roads, which are winding, muddy and the hole itself. In the rainy season, it is an adrenaline ride, when there is one landslide after another on the road and it is really not easy to get to the park.
The beginning of the journey is accompanied by beautiful views
Obstacle on the way
During the rainy season, landslides can also meet you on the way.
How to get to gorillas
To visit mountain gorillas, it is necessary to book a few weeks in advance. Admission is $ 350 per person. For gorillas, an 8-member group can always spend a maximum of an hour. The number of groups per day is very limited. Before entering the forest, you will have a lecture about half an hour on how to behave with gorillas, what is allowed and what you can expect. You also need to pack water and a snack for the trip, because it is never clear how long you will be on the road before you encounter gorillas. It can be half an hour but even a few hours. Several guards with weapons are assigned to the group, mainly due to the fact that there are forest elephants in the rainforest, who are aggressive and also poachers. There must also be a guide.
In the gorillas
There is a so-called observer near the gorillas, who spends most of their time with them and communicates with them. Gorillas have no rules, so they move around you completely freely. In each group there is a leading male, which you can recognize by the gray color on the back.
Gorillas everywhere you look
There are about 10 gorillas in the group, including a several-week-old cub.
Time to go
After an hour comes the time of departure. Each participant then receives a certificate with their own name.
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