Alexander Westerman

Introduction

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Almost half of the planet’s remaining mountain gorillas live within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. It’s one of only three locations left in the world where people can see these critically endangered animals in the wild. Located in Southwestern Uganda, Bwindi covers 124 square miles (320 square kilometers) of mountain forests and jungle well-known for its rich biodiversity. Besides the iconic mountain gorillas, there are about 120 species of mammals, 300 birds, and 202 species of butterflies who all live amongst the 200 different tree types and 100 types of fern.

While the park is also a birdwatcher’s paradise (typical sightings of 150 species in a single day isn’t uncommon) and has more mammal species than any other of Uganda’s national parks, travelers come to this UNESCO World Heritage Site to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

After our recent gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, we realized that our trekking guides, their families, and the community were in desperate need of supplies. We have contacts with the local clinic and can send supplies directly to them. The people that protect and care for the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the wild also need our help. Without these women, men, and children who tirelessly watch over these majestic animals, gorillas in the wild will go extinct. Please help the gracious community who do not have the resources they need for basic health, schooling, playtime. There aren’t any deep-pocket NGOs supporting this community. They fund their own school and clinic both of which are completely drained of all imaginable resources. Remember, buying something off of this list will go directly to all the people we met in the Kahurire Village in Uganda.

Video of our gorilla encounter

A map of the route we took to get to the gorillas

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