Seeing the "Big Sixth": the Mountain Gorillas in Southwest Uganda
Gazing into the soulful eyes of a powerful mountain gorilla is humbling. Add to that the trek through the wooded slopes, entwined vines, and thick, steamy bush and bamboo of southwest Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and you will have lived the stuff of legends. Bwindi (home of the Batwa Pygmies) is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sanctuary for approximately half the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Only a few lucky people interact with them in the wild, now including travelers stalwart enough to make the journey and respect a delicate process that has gradually brought the gorillas to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Nothing can prepare you for the first moment you come face to face with these gentle giants.