Volcanoes and gorillas, this is the last part of my “Pearl of Africa”-series. I’ve been in the process of editing this for quite a while because I just didn’t feel like I did this place and everything we saw justice.
We were talking about this trip with my mom afterwards and she said she really liked the chimpanzees. They were very cool, sure, but I felt this very special connection with the gorillas. I think the chimpanzees just were a bit too much like humans and somehow didn’t give me that pure vibe that the gorillas did.
Even though this video will not make this place justice, but I do hope this video will make you see a little bit of the magic and feel it’s worth protecting and conserving.
These gorillas were completely wild, free to walk away from us whenever they want, or attack us if they saw us as a threat. Thankfully you can see the very impressive silverback being ok with us there.
This was one of the families in Bwindi National Park that has been habituated, meaning they’re still wild, but have gotten used to people over a period of time. This is a very sustainable way to bring tourism and money for the national park while letting the animals stay where they belong, out in nature. But at the same time it can also be dangerous for the gorillas not to see people as a threat. Which means they need constant protection from poachers.
Uganda is also overpopulated which mean mountain gorillas are loosing habitat at a very scary speed.
The pearl of Africa // Travel journal – Bwindi & Mutanda Lake camimmu