I decided to reblog this post from 2016. Seeing mountain gorillas in the wild is unforgettable and a favorite travel memory!
Uganda is again experiencing violence over opposition to current President Yoweri Museveni, who has maintained power since 1986. I posted about Uganda elections in 2016. The protests are by supporters of presidential candidate and former pop star Bobi Wine. They clashed with Museveni’s security forces “over Wine’s arrest during the worst unrest in the East African country in a decade”.
Our close encounter with Uganda’s Mountain Gorillas was an exciting highlight of the long safari – BIG smile! Gorillas are extremely endangered, but Uganda is home to a vibrant and growing population of over 800. The Wildlife Authority maintains camps where these magnificent creatures live peacefully within man-made borders.
Mountain Gorilla Camps
Mountain gorilla habituation takes a grueling 2-3 years. Inside camps thirteen groups are habituated for human trekking. Uganda’s neighbors, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, also have mountain gorilla camps. Visitors need permission to enter gorilla camps. The Government issues a limited number of permits and collects fees used to fund conservation.
Mishaya – Bweza Silverback
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