Although best known for the mountain gorilla trekking safaris, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also provides refuge to elephant, antelope, monkeys and chimpanzee.
The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white Columbus is more evident in this area. Increasingly endangered, there are only as few as 700 individual mountain gorillas surviving in Uganda in five habituated gorilla troops, four of which are found in Bwindi national park.
Therefore, visitor numbers are limited to only 30 guests per day. Trekking through the moist, dense forests of Bwindi can be an exhausting challenge and is recommended for the physically fit.
However, up close encounters with a large silver back can be an awe inspiring experience and can be as humbling as it is exhilarating.
Among the dense vegetation the Columbus Monkey jumps from branch to branch. Chimpanzees, in families of 20 or 30, make the rounds, searching for fruit and edible plants. As you walk among the shadows of the leafy canopy, this aged-old rain forest reveals the smells and sounds of Africa.