There are two protected areas in Uganda where to observe mountain gorillas: Bwindi and Mgahinga.

The first has a larger ape population and sightings are practically guaranteed.

On the other hand, Mgahinga is a small park with fewer gorillas, visited by adventurers who prefer to pay lower rates even at the risk that the encounter does not take place, but in the latter, there are almost always places available; While in Bwindi you will have to reserve your term approximately one year in advance.

Whichever place you choose, the experience is the most intense you can live.

And it is that, as you enter the lush green labyrinths of Mgahinda and Bwindi, pending the lianas and branches, the armies of ants that parade through the trunks and the birds that flee noisily as you pass, you will look forward to the stumble with the mythical silver-backed creature that is undoubtedly the great faunal star of equatorial Africa.

When the encounter occurs, the emotion is overwhelming. When the traveler faces the gaze of a mountain gorilla, he recognizes in it a distant cousin whom he has not seen 400,000 years ago, we see ourselves as we were half a million years ago.