Sadly, the mountain gorillas did not have wifi after all. However, now back at flyingnorthblog international headquarters after seventeen hours in the air, I can reflect on the incredible people, places and biodiversity of Uganda. Over the next week, I will be posting videos that feature:
Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any national park in the world with over 500 different bird species and about 100 mammal species.
The elephants of Lake Edward. Within Queen Elizabeth National Park, the shores of Edward Lake were home to some herds of Elephants – which I caught on video. This lake stretches into the Congo and is the smallest of the so-called “African great lakes” which include Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Malawi, Lake Turkana, Lake Albert, Lake Kivu and Lake Edward.
The mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest. This of course was the most incredible of all of my Ugandan experiences. These critically endangered creatures, of which approximately 700 are left in the world, are among the most amazing sites I have witnessed in all of my travels. There is only one mountain gorilla alive for every ten million people on earth and I captured members of the Kahungye gorilla family on video.
The Batwa pygmies. In 1991, the Batwa were evicted from the Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest to protect the mountain gorillas, becoming conservation refugees. With no land rights or compensation, they were left to fend for themselves. They live in areas that encompass Uganda, the Congo and Rwanda. I captured them on video singing and dancing, praising the rainforest.
A trip through Ntungamo, a typical Ugandan town. With a population of approximately 17,000, this typical town nestled between the Bwindi and Lake Edward is just a few miles from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I captured a drive through the town on video.