Amazing encounters can happen in Bwindi (Uganda). The area of impenetrable jungle in the mountains, often shrouded in mist, is one of the last places on the planet where “many” families of mountain gorillas live. In fact in this ‘shelter’ there are about 300 gorillas. Another place where mountain gorillas were found was in the Virunga Mountains, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But due to rising guerrillas’ ambush and poaching, that site has been classified in the endangered red list. So Bwindi is last haven for mountain gorillas.
The funny thing is that these gorillas in the wild tend to have fairly close encounters with tour groups supervised by guides, especially with the groups accustomed to their presence.
The National Park Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is also one of the last refuges of log mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei), a place of exuberant nature recognized as World Heritage. The images of the gorillas in their surroundings speak for themselves.
The park encompasses around 32,000 hectares of thick forest, and is only accessible on foot. It is located southwest of Uganda, and along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.