Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
85Trip End Feb 14, 2010
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The brochure also says… Bwindi is 327 square km of tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep slippery valleys and high draughty ridges… I cannot think of a more apt description. Sadly, there are only 760 Mountain Gorillas left in the world, so this also does not make them easy to find.
Spike you would have been impressed, this is the hardest climbing I have ever done, Gorillas do not stick to pathways as I had innocently imagined
When we finally got to the Gorillas the guide said.. you can get your cameras out now.. I said .. hang on a minute I am ###$#@@ (stuffed) the gorillas can wait..
The gorillas were in deep jungle and a bit hard to spot, they were more like moving shadows.. the Silverback was impressive.. man those things are huge I really mean huge. The funny thing is autofocus on the camera does not work in the jungle and to focus on a black hairy thing in the shadows is very tricky hence very average photo's. I can also confirm gorilla shit does stink and it is huge and with a family group of 34 gorillas there was a lot of it.
The result was we saw the gorillas and it was interesting.. we conquered a very small part of the forest.. and returned absolutely knackered. We are not planning to do anything like that again. Darren has said if you can’t see it through the windscreen then I am not interested.