On a clear morning, we met our guide/owner of the walking safari Asgario and, after the usual fee/guard/tip/checkpoint fee/NP fee/Walking fee/breathing fee... we set off to cross Bwindi NP from the north to the west walking 10 km in a beautiful primary rain forest. We saw blue, Colobus and vervet monkeys and some rainforest fauna. We emerged on the other side and climbed a substantial hill through the farmland that starts within feet of the park borders and crested to the
We awoke early in the morning, broke camp, and headed to Nshongi. The mountain gorillas, made famous by the movie "Gorillas In The Mist", number about 700 in all, and are divided among several groups in
The group had 2 silverbacks, some new babies and all in all about 35 members. We spent an hour with the critters, which is all one is allowed. Sometimes, the views of the animals were amazing, being only 3-4 meters from the great apes. Mostly, though, it was through thick brush, or up in trees, or on the move. As someone said, you get to see lots of gorilla butts up in trees. The hour went by fast and it was time to leave and say goodbye.
The experience was interesting, and when you look into their faces and eyes, they do look like hairier version of us, however, in the long run, both Rusha and I thought that it was a bit over-rated at $500 per person for 1 hour. While you get to watch them closely and intimately, there is no real interaction with them and they could care less that you are there—you could almost be just another tree.
Our next destination was
To get back, we took a very long bus ride back to
Our time in
We are off to