Chris and his wife had travelled to the mountain forests of equatorial Uganda to see the mountain gorillas. This intrepid trip was undertaken to celebrate a significant birthday and significant wedding anniversary. “It was just something we’ve always wanted to do.”
Chris described how they had flown to Entebbe, then on to Kahihi, and then travelled on to Buhoma Lodge on the edge of the Bwindi impenetrable forest. From there they had made three treks into the forest, in a small party of other enthusiasts (supported by trackers, rangers, porters and an armed guard), to find a 15-strong group of wild mountain gorillas. The treks had involved climbing some 1,500 feet through dense vegetation in very hot conditions. But the effort had been so worthwhile as they were able to spend plenty of time observing and photographing the gorillas at very close quarters. They had been told not to get closer than about 10 feet; but no one had told the gorillas!
From there they had travelled north to Primate Lodge in Kibale National Park to do some chimpanzee trekking.
Chris said it had been their most expensive “holiday”, but also their most rewarding. His talk was well illustrated with images of the gorillas (plus some video footage) and chimpanzees – as well as pictures of some other wildlife encountered including baboons, bush bucks, colobus monkeys, butterflies, ants, herons, hornbills, and some long-horned cattle.