Gorilla Mother and Baby
Bwindi National Park, UGANDA
Surrounded by the acoustics of the forest, I was captivated knowing I would be one of few about to fulfill a lifelong dream tracking mountain gorillas in a remote part of Uganda. Approximately 331 square kilometers (128 sq mi), both montane and lowland, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is known as the "Place of Darkness" and only accessible by foot.
The hike started in the early hours of the morning on what is considered possibly the toughest in Uganda due to the harsh terrain. At times I was crawling on my hands and knees navigating a series of steep ridges, valleys, and thick forest. No one told me this was going to be easy, and I pushed myself to keep going late into the afternoon in the hopes of finding the gorilla group before sundown.
Continuing up through the steep muddy terrain I came across some fresh gorilla nests and knew they were not far away. I am pretty sure they could smell me, even see me. Carefully weaving through the nests and back into the forest I finally caught my first glimpse of the Nkuringo Gorilla Group. There is an unexplainable sense of comfort being deep in the jungle with a species that shares the smallest of genetic differences — a truly enchanting experience.
On the way back to the lodge the guide informed me that we had one of the longest treks on record locating the Nkuringo Gorilla Group. A total of 14 hours navigating the impenetrable forest from start to finish. I still relive that day's journey like it was yesterday, my body was exhausted, and my mind was buzzing. I’d do it all again.
This image captures the true essence of unconditional love between all species on earth.
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