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This is a plantation in Uganda, we saw lots of plantations on our way to Bwindi (which is where we saw the gorillas) Uganda has a lot of plantations, especially for tea. They’re really beautiful, and we pulled over a couple of times just to stop and look at the view. If you’re big in to tea, Africa is one of the best places to drink it. I love tea, I have a cup of Kenyan tea every day, I loved the Ugandan tea that we had too, but we didn’t find a place to buy any.

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This is our beautiful little tent cabin in Kibale, Uganda. We stayed at the Primate Lodge, which was absolutely fantastic. When we weren’t out trekking we were relaxing here; on the porch drinking tea, reading, and just enjoying the jungle view. When we were trekking we saw SO much; lots of beautiful natural scenery, birds, and tons of different primates, including chimps. This place was great, and Kibale is an AMAZING place to visit. If you have the opportunity, absolutely go to Kibale, it’s an incredible experience. Also, if you are in Uganda go visit the Impenetrable Forest to see the Gorillas. We had a better viewing of the gorillas, just because they weren’t moving as much as the chimps, but both are wonderful!!!!!

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Silverback

This is a photo of a Male Highland Gorilla, taken in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. This was the alpha male, and he was really incredible to see. He wasn’t really doing too much, mostly just eating, but seeing him walk around was amazing, and he was really pretty big. They’re called silverbacks because of a distinctly silvery saddle like patch situated in the middle of their backs. I wrote a post about the gorillas before, but I really want to reiterate how astonishing it is to see them. I don’t know that i’ve ever been so in awe in my life, they’re really magnificent creatures. If you have the money, and the time, you have to go, seriously, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Baby Gorilla

Baby Gorilla

A baby highland mountain gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda. Look at other posts in the Uganda section for more information about trekking with the Gorillas.

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Chimpanzee

This photo was take in the Kibale Forest in Uganda. Seeing the chimps at Kibale is similar to seeing the gorillas at Bwindi impenetrable forest; in order to see either of these amazing animals you need to trek, which means walk through the forest (no paths) and follow a tracker until you find what you are looking for. When we went we had a little bit more difficulty seeing the chimps than we had seeing the gorillas, but as with seeing any animals, it really just depends on your luck. Even though it was a bit hard, we still got a really good look at the chimps, and the trek was absolutely beautiful. As with seeing the gorillas, you want to make sure you are prepared before you do the trek; bring water and make sure you have appropriate hiking attire. I recommend a go if you’re up for the hike!

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Watching

This picture was taken at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the Ugandan Highlands. This is a Highland gorilla, this forest is home to over half of the world’s (highly endangered) mountain gorilla population. In order to see this you need to go on a trek, and the length time which you trek is dependent on how quickly you find the gorillas. There aren’t any paths, you sort of just dive into the forest, walking sticks are advisable, especially if you have trouble on uneven terrain. I’m not a fan of walking sticks, but I still found it helpful. Also, make sure you are in appropriate attire before you go; really do your research! DON’T GO IN SHORTS! Wear long pants and tuck them in to long socks, there are biting ants in Uganda, and trust me, you don’t want anything distracting you while you’re seeing these amazing creatures. Also, wear long sleeves, it’s hot, but you’ll want the protection, lightweight travel shirts that dry quickly are advisable. Once you’ve found the gorillas you are only allowed to spend one hour with them. All of the information you need will be provided by a park ranger/ guide, but it’s good to know what you need ahead of time. Honestly, i’ve seen a lot of amazing things, and I don’t know that i’ve ever been so in awe in my life. It’s expensive to go, but if you can afford it and you aren’t afraid to sweat a little GO! It’s worth it.

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