Flashback to an amazing experience

February 12, 2017  •  1 Comment

Time for a short flashback!

The date was the 9th of September 2014 and we were in the middle of our amazing Uganda trip (you can read the entire Uganda Story via the link). It was the day we were going to meet the mountain gorillas! 

In the morning, upon arriving to base camp, you choose a family according to your level of fitness. Some families lay as close as 15 minutes away from base camp, other more than 4 hours. Since our group was prepared to go the extra mile (and it's not about the goal but the journey ..;)), we choose the furthest away.   

After the hike we finally arrived to a hillside where our family was waiting (*). 

 (*) I must note here that the approach to the animals happens with the utmost respect. It takes years before the animals are used to people and although it is widely contested by environmental organizations this is the only way to ensure the conservation of these wonderful animals. 

Little can prepare you for a close encounter with such magnificent animals.. Meeting the alfa male, the occasional fight with the beta, the kids that play around .. It feels as if you are intruding a forbidden meeting where the members could easily harm you if they would like to (which of course didn't happen). 

After around 30 minutes we had to head back to base camp and leave the family to their daily chores. As you see, I still cherish the encounter to this day. So this is also a small reminder to everybody, don't pass on an experience when you are travelling! 

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park contains the largest concentration of mountain gorillas in Uganda and is situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park. Together with Rwanda, Uganda has done a lot to contain the loss of habitat of these wonderful animals. 

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