Forgot to add some videos…to previous entry’s. Hope you enjoy…actually this is a tease to appease until our encounter with the great Apes. Coming soon…

This is from our trek with the chimpanzees.
The Angry Elephant….turn up your volume.
Mabamba Swamp where we saw that wonderful Shoebill. Such fond memories.
Update: Our friends Dan and Karen visited the swamp after we left for USA.
This is their picture of the Shoebill catching a lungfish. The Shoebill stands For hours waiting patiently for the lungfish to show up.
I tried and tried to figure out how to send this video. I finally did it!
Our basket ladies, celebrating us with song.

Bwindi Forest…”Switzerland of Africa“

Also known as the Kigali Highlands, the hillsides are terraced and green and the roads wind into Bwindi Forest, home of the Mountain Gorillas.

Beautiful landscapes.
These boys came running up to greet us on the road to Bwindi.
Ruppell’s Vulture, Africa has many species of vultures.
We only have one vulture. I must say ours is uglier.
I wasn’t able to identify this beauty. Anyone?
Even earthworms are bigger in Africa.
Giant wasps nest.
L’Hoest’s monkey
Get a little closer now…
Our deck at Rushaga Gorilla Camp.
Our view from our chalet.
This was home to the Batwa pygmies. The following is from the internet.
The story of the Batwa people is one of woe and sacrifice, and their historical presence is one of great significance. They were the original inhabitants of East Africa’s Great Lakes, and the guardians of the equatorial forests before they were pushed to the outskirts of Bwindi forest when it was was gazetted in 1991. The story of the ousting of the Batwas is a multi-layered discussion with many aspects coming into play. Many believe that the Batwa were evicted to make way for colonial tourism, and others believe it was to ensure the success of the dwindling numbers of wild gorillas in the area. Needless to say, the eviction of the Batwas and marginalising this ancient group, without any support, is one of great sadness.
History of the Batwa
For over 60,000 years (a stat according to anthropologists) the indigenous forest people lived in harmony with the gorillas. The Batwa are believed to be some of the first inhabitants of the earth, and the original inhabitants of East Africa’s Great Lakes. Survival was based on hunting bush meat and gathering edible fruits from their surrounds. Hunts were done by using poison tipped arrows and homes were made from durable plants, sticks, vines and leaves. Until recently, Bwindi’s mountain gorillas shared their forest with the Batwa pygmies, a tribe of hunter-gatherers who lived in its caves and trees for thousands of years.
How do the Batwa Pygmy people survive?
When the Batwa were removed from the forest they weren’t given any compensation for land or crops. It was agreed that they could live on the periphery of the forest but could not hunt bush meat. They were left to fend for themselves and struggled to mix with the local communities. There was simply was no place for them in the market place either, meaning they couldn’t trade or even buy provisions.
The Batwa were unprepared for this, having only known the jungle lifestyle and how to thrive in that environment. Generations born into the more contemporary Batwa life have managed to establish and survive better. Currently, the Batwa keep their culture alive and bring in a minimal income through displays of hunting, gathering honey, weaving baskets and doing traditional dances for tourists.
In conjunction with your gorilla and chimp trekking safari to Uganda,we highly recommend you get to know the story of the Batwa and contribute where you can. The Batwa Experience has greatly benefited the communities.s. They were the protectors of the forest and lived side-by-side with the wild mountain gorillas.
Wahlberg’s Eagle, sitting on the fence near the Pygmy huts below us.
Village to the left, below our chalet.
JB Heading to the watering hole for beer and later entertainment.
The local entertainment, the tips that they earn go to the community.
African crow.

The Mt. Gorillas’s” and our encounter with them is coming next…..can’t believe we were there.

Author: Barrettranch

Retired. Love to travel.

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