Our first stop in Uganda was in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. It sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. It was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and we came here to meet some of them 😁 We were so excited that Callum, our youngest son could join us for the adventure (Kai, our oldest, had to start university 😥). What an amazing experience. We did not have to walk too far (1 hour) to meet the Nyakagezi gorilla family. The group is composed of three silver backs, 2 adult females, 2 black backs and 2 infants.The family is led by Silverback Mark (grumpy looking one in the pics) assisted by Mafia (naughty one, managed to grab Callum's leg in an attempt to play with him🤣). We shared an hour with them. They were so chilled and very curious about us. They came very close, sometimes sitting next to us. The rangers were just amazing and informative. It is pricey but so worth it, considering that the money directly supports the conservation of these amazing creatures, their precious habitats and the local community.
The park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivalled.
Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. An amazing national park. More posts coming to share its beauty with you.
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