24 July 2024
Day 104 December 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

Yesterday, we penetrated the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to view the forest gorillas of Uganda. There are only 700 or so of these magnificent primates left in the wild, here in Uganda, in the adjoining forest of Rwanda and some in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Viewing them is certainly not a passive experience. It was without doubt, the most strenuous thing I ever did in my life, given my existing energy and fitness level at the time. Unfortunately, it was so unremittingly awful and I was too knackered to take only a few photos with my phone and none with my main camera. More about this later.

The day started at 5am when my alarm went off although I awakened at 4:55am just before it went off. I had made a flask of coffee the night before so I could turbocharge my neural connections before the dreaded caffeine detox kicked in with resultant headache, edginess and irritability. I also had a brief breakfast prepared and ate that quickly before going down to where transport for the forest was waiting. It was a 4WD jeep driven by a charming friendly young man called Amos.

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