Yes, it’s a corny title, and as you can see it was misty in the rain forest earlier! Today was the first of two with the gorillas, here in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in south-western Uganda. The forest is home to about 500 gorillas, amounting to over 30 groups, 16 of which have been fully habituated and can be visited.
We set off: 8 visitors, 3 trackers, 2 AK47-toting guards and a handful of porters to carry our packs.
We had been allocated the Bweza group and, if we’re honest, that worked extremely well for us because it didn’t involve too much walking! With 3 silverbacks, an adolescent male, 7 females and 3 juveniles and one infant, we were really hopeful of some good sightings.
The real star was an 18-month old juvenile who put on a show for us, swinging on branches, weakly beating his chest and staring directly into the camera lens, clearly curious and enjoying being the centre of attention.
It’s gorillas again tomorrow, and it’s all very unpredictable…….!