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MARIKA: A GORILLA ENCOUNTER IN UGANDA
Directed and Written by Craig Ouellette

 
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In September and October of this year I spend 5 ½ weeks traveling in East Africa. Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda (with a brief stint in the war torn Congo, because I’d met some UN helicopter pilots. But that’s another story).

One of the most amazing experiences was tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s a steep, mountainous, jungle region with frequent very heavy rains and thick vegatation. It’s home to approximately half of the 700 remaining mountain gorillas on earth.

A permit to see the Gorillas costs US $500, and that buys you the chance to see them. Most likely you will, but there is no guarantee. These are wild animals, in their own habitat, with no fences, no cages, and no rules. These permits are not easy to get, as there are only 32 issued per day. That’s it. Book early, cause as you will see, it’s worth every penny.

(You can also see the Gorillas in Rwanda and the Congo as well. Though with the civil war in the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda are the best places now). If you want to check them out, you can goto Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Tourist Authority.

This is the first documentary here at Trespassing On The Lot, I hope you enjoy it. And if you want to know more about travels in Africa, shoot me an email.

 

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