If I was asked to describe; in one word, what a mountain gorilla trekking experience is like I'd have to say;
& no not due to hiking through the beautiful rain forests of Bwindi.
I have in the past & still do say that this particular adventure is impossible to describe.
Let’s take a quick look at how many words are in a common Dictionary.
The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use and 47,156 obsolete words.
Knowing this now, trust me when I say, these are no where near enough words to describe how incredible this bucket list adventure really is. I've said it before & always will; as there is no way I will ever accurately explain the emotions felt or a description of this adventure, all of this will only be truly understood once experienced.
With all this said; I am not even going to try & describe how incredible this experience was but will share this with you.
This was my first experience trekking in Uganda as my previous adventures were into Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. Don't get me wrong, trekking in both destinations is/and will be phenomenal BUT the Bwindi Impenetrable (rain) Forest is so pleasing to ones eyes, so beautiful in fact that it is fairytale like.
While trekking through this incredible places ones eyes & ears NEVER seem to be at ease as you're in & amongst this rainforest which is filled with 50+ meter tall trees, emerald green ferns, moss & algae, mammals, birds, butterflies & so much more!
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is old, it is complex and biologically rich. The diverse species are a feature of this park and it became an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its ecological importance. The park provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of bird, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many of which are endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns.
Crazy isn't it!?!? You think Uganda/Bwindi & the first thing that pops to mind is GORILLAS!!!
This is not wrong to think as the park is after all most notable for the 400 Bwindi gorilla, which is half of the world's population of the endangered mountain gorillas.
The from now on remember that the park is also a sanctuary for other large mammals such as Elephant, blue monkey, golden monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey; colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds with some incredible birding specials such as the great blue turaco, black-billed turaco, African broadbill, Black bee-eater, Black-faced rufous warbler & this list goes on forever!
As I mentioned, "this particular adventure is impossible to accurately describe" but yet I can babble on about it for days??? So before I do that; I will leave you to see the following video & images that we managed to capture during our time there & I hope they can tell you a more accurate story than my words do;
I do hope that these images have helped paint a clearer picture for you when it comes to a Gorilla Trekking Adventure. Looking back at these incredible moments now already gets me VERY excited for my Best Of Uganda Safari's in 2020 & 2021!
Thank yo for taking the time to read this blog but for now I will leave you with a quote which is one of the most accurate I've seen;
“The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.”
Until next time;