East Africa 2012

7½ months - with Melanie - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

September 10, 2012  —  Uganda
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park, located in the Rift Valley, has an area of only 331 km2. This park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, shelters around 300 mountain gorillas (there are only around 1000 gorillas in the world). The park also contains 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees...

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda

On this picture, one can clearly see the pressure people put on the parks. There is no buffer zone between the park and the forest. Farmers use as much land as possible.

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Going towards the forest.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
The road.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Risky road.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Children toy.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Our fans.
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Bicycle axle.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda

Before reaching the park, we slept on the side of the road. The next day, the valley was filled with fog and was offering wonderful views.

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Hoest's monkey.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Black and white colobus.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Black and white colobus.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
How many tails? I am counting 5.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Break for a lunch.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
A woman with two loads.
line-separator
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Young one swinging.

The forest shelters mountain gorillas, and it is possible to see them. These gorillas have been habituated to human presence by the rangers who, for at least a year, go near them in order to make them less shy.

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Trek in the forest.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Not an easy path.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Young one.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Young one.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Daddy 'a silverback'.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Mommy.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
The mom and its young.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Young one.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Young one.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Young one.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
Young one.
 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda
A young adult.