Imagine a group of 11 gorillas which is only 70% habituated to humans. What might they do when they see another great ape? As we found out today, they carry on feeding for a bit and then they start moving away…… and getting them habituated meant we had to follow them!
Here in Bwindi National Park, the rangers have done a good job of encouraging the numbers of gorillas. The greater the number of gorilla groups, the more tourists can visit them and bring in much needed income to this poor country. Habituation of new groups takes about 2 years, with our group today at around the 14 month stage.
Chances of really great photos? Oh-so-difficult, as we followed our machete-wielding rangers through the tropical rain forest today. Gorillas don’t do paths so this was tricky stuff, up and down the rather steep hillsides. Did we love it? Absolutely.
- Distance travelled: 26.6 kms/16 miles
- Height gain: 450 metres
- Maximum altitude: 2,300 metres
- Time walking: about 8 hours in total, with 4 tracking the gorillas
Possibly the scariest moment today was when the silverback was on the ground and charged across us, roaring at the same time – just reminding us that he was in charge.
The infants were the most fun – again – so please enjoy these images.
What a great day. Will we sleep well tonight? Guaranteed!