Gorillas in the mist

Trip Start Jul 14, 2002
Trip End Dec 17, 2007

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Friday, February 2, 2007

We camped by Lake Bunyoni for 4 days. During this time I went for a boat ride on the lake to see all the little islands and communities dotted around. The people all get around in dug out canoes and we saw some packed with people, animals and one that was being driven by a little boy with no supervision or anything. But I guess he is used to it. Rachel and I went for a swim in the lake at one point and while I was sitting next to the lake a teenage girl came over and started chatting to me. Her name was Sheila. She invited me back to her house and I met her family (all 8 of her brothers and sisters). She had a little sister called Pretty who was adorable. Her aunt came to visit when I was there. She had a baby strapped to the back and she let me hold him. They were all very fascinated by my camera and took lots of photos of me and each other. They were also fascinated by my skin and kept touching my arms and saying how smooth it was, which was rather strange.
For the other two days I went to Bwindi National Park right next to the border with the DR Congo. We trekked through the rainforest to find the mountain gorillas. The film is called gorillas in the mist, and now I know why. There was this strange layer of mist over the forest which made it look quite spooky. We trekked up very steep mountains through thick forest, having to cut it as we went. We finally found the gorillas right at the top of a mountain. We crouched behind some bushes and sat really quietly looking at them and watching them play. There was a silverback and some other adults. They were huge! There was also a little baby happily swinging from the trees. We saw 11 in total. It was amazing to see them in their natural habitat, but any minute I kept expecting a man in a gorilla suit to jump out and tell us we had all been tricked! I took about a million photos and then we headed back to camp. We left Lake Bunyoni after 4 days and headed for Jinja, the source of the Nile.
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