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of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The magnificent Queen Elizabeth National
Park is located in the western arm of the Great East African Rift
Valley and sits beneath the majestic backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains.
With its tropical forest, savannah, crater lakes and swamps, the
park is enchanting. Centered around Lake Edward and Lake George,
linked by the Kazinga Channel, the park is rich in wildlife, including
hippos, buffalos, elephants and a vast array of birds.
The famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha
lounge nonchalantly in old fig trees. With over 500 bird species,
Queen Elizabeth National Park is also a mecca for birdwatchers.
Among the unusual varieties found in the park are the shoebill stork
and the black bee eater, as well as countless kingfishers, raptors
and flocks of flamingoes.
If time and conditions permit, the
safari may take a slight detour for some chimp tracking in the beautiful
Kyambura Gorge. Chimpanzees are found in a number of forests in
Uganda, including the steeply forested sides of the Kyambura gorge,
which is located near the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The gorge
is also home to the red-tailed monkey, the black and white colobus
and many bird species. Tracking chimpanzees in this beautiful river
valley is a breathtaking experience.
But the highlight of our tour will
invariably be the days we spend tracking the great apes in Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda. In Bwindi, about
300 mountain gorillas and two families are habituated. In contrast
to the six billion human beings living on our crowded planet,
there are only six hundred Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla Gorilla
Berengei) left in the forgotten forests of central Africa.
On this tour, we will spend two days
tracking these fascinating creatures through the misty Ugandan forests.
Our undertaking will require patience and stamina, not to mention
long but hopeful hours spent walking in the mud and the wet. But
the payoff is indescribable: there is no way to describe the thrill
of coming upon a family of gorillas going about their daily activities
in the undergrowth.
Quietly chewing away at their vegetarian
delicacies, they seem like a marooned human family. The tender grooming
and firm disciplining of their offspring seems all too familiar.
Man poses a serious threat to this
population - brought to the world's attention by Dian Fossey - through
poaching, disease and population pressure. The gorilla will be able
to survive only through increased conservation efforts. Your
visit to the gorillas' home helps fund conservation and community
projects, including schools, roads, clinics, and community centers,
which help the local people to understand the value of the gorilla's
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