27.12.2007 - 27.12.2007
Greetings from Uganda
Nothing in this world prepared us for today's encounter with the gorilla's.
Literally it took us about 7 minutes to locate the gorillas in the forest. They were actually coming towards us. Yesterdays encounter was amazing, especially for me as it was the first time I had ever seen these amazing animals. However today was like something from a movie. For the first 20 minutes, we watched the babies and the juveniles play and eat. Then we seen two gorilla's mating, which the Silver Back was not happy about at all!!! Finally they started to move out of the forest on the open land, crossing the river.
The Guide insisted on taking Angela to the front and low and behold whilst following the group of gorilla's, the silver back charged at us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh my god, it was unreal. Afterwards I was trembling!!!! We have some footage of this on video camera, however it all become very blurred and all you could hear was the humans swearing sh@t..... We had to crouch down and hope for the best. The guards did not seem to be concerned about this at all, they obviously know the gorilla's well. It was truly truly amazing, one of the best experiences of my life.
Tomorrow we head off to Kisoro and will be staying where Diane Fosse (who featured in Gorillas in the Mist) stayed. Seemingly the scenery here is meant to be amazing. If Angela had the chance she would love to encounter these amazing gorilla's again, however we do not have time. I suspect we shall be back to Uganda sooner rather than later!
Anyway will be on the soap box again very soon.
Hope you are all well