I was in Bwindi in August 2006 and the same group of gorillas. During this trip we also climbed the Volcanoes in the National Park in Rwanda to be with the gorillas. I enjoyed Rwanda more, children running around me while I was sitting on the floor in a bamboo forest. Once, a silver back knocked me down with its strong arm but luckily didn't hurt me. A short while later, while sitting on top of the weeds, a young female, about 6 years old, came up to me, sat on my legs, I was playing with its hands while it sniffed me. We stood for a while just looking at one another. It was fantastic, especially for a photographer and I love apes. If you want to help these amazing animals, I encourage you to make yourself the founding partners of Dian Fossey.
This nature reserve is one of the most important in Uganda, with a very high population of animals, including elephants and hippos, so it's easy to fine them. It is also quite easy to find lions, if you are lucky. I booked with Katunguru Safaris, located in a small town near Kasese, although I recommend booking with an agency that is easier, safer and better quality. But it will also be more expensive. I did not have much money and I hired a very nice guy I met in Katunguru. The downside is that, instead of having a four-by-four vehicle, sutable for the terrain, the guy had a Toyota Corolla, with a cracked windscreen and damaged battery (which I discovered while looking for a family of lions, when he stopped the car and we had to push it to start it), but he made up for with his charm, his knowledge and flexibility for my schedule. And doing a safari while sitting on the edge of the windscreen, I personally found quite charming. In the park is the Mweya peninsula where you can stay and hire a boat, I would recommend it to everyone. In the Peninsula, the animals are very well accustomed to humans so they let you get very close to them, but you should always do so very carefully because they are still wild animals and can give you a bit of a scare.
When we visited the Bwindi gorillas in Uganda, we didn't have to walk more than 10 minutes from where we left the pick-up to get to the Habinyanja gorillas. That didn't let us fully enjoy the "Bwindi Impenetrable Forest." However, it did allow us to spend the rest of the morning visiting a village where orphaned children delighted us with a beautiful show of singing and dancing, and we joined in at the end. We decided to help the orphanage and buy some souvenirs. I bought a very small gorilla figurine (2 €) and a mask (4 €) which you can see in one of the photos. Prices are expensive for what life is like in Uganda (in our backpacking plan that was to last many weeks), but the important thing was to help and it really isn't much money for us in Spain. Enjoy the videos. If you are interested in helping out, there is an organization in the UK: Http :/ / www.Friendsofbwindiorphanage.Org/ When I visited that village I used: Http :/ / www.Jambomondo.Com/2008 / 08/por-fin-los-gorilas-de-bwindi.Html If you want to see my write-up of the gorillas it's here: Http :/ / www.Minube.Com/rincon/29358
Africa is the most heartwarming place on earth. Smiles, laughter and red dirt come in abundance. The warm sun and the warm hearts of the people will keep you coming back to this magical place. When you are so distant from your regular reality you start to realize what life is all about and figure out who you really are. I have never learned more or experienced so much love in my life. I can't wait to return to this place I have learned to call home.