Breakfast in Bwindi – with the gorillas!May 2, 2013
One of our favourite luxury safari lodges near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mahogany Springs, has just been visited by the Rushegura family of gorillas. Seen here in this video, the gorillas help themselves to banana palms just below the lodge restaurant building, where delighted guests enjoy a spontaneous viewing over breakfast.
The Rushegura group, whose territory includes the area around the park headquarters, are well known for dropping in on local tourist lodges unannounced and surprising the guests. Last year they became YouTube stars along with one of our previous clients when he was touched by a wild Mountain gorilla in a unique interaction.
Close contact with endangered primates such as these is not recommended by conservationists – when going gorilla trekking, participants are advised to stay at least 7 metres away from these gentle giants at all times. This is to avoid the transmission of bacteria or disease – as gorillas are susceptible to human infections due to our shared DNA. So it is great to see the guests and staff at Mahogany Springs enjoying this unexpected sighting whilst maintaining a safe distance!
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