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T he words ‘impenetrable forest’ conjure up images of a dense undergrowth; a kaleidoscope of greens, vines and vegetation intertwined so densely it takes a machete to cut a path. This is exactly what met me at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, as I embarked on a six-hour round trek in search of the region’s famous mountain gorillas. I reached Bwindi National Park at dusk after travelling for hours along the dusty, rough roads of Uganda. The drive was scenic, winding through villages of mud huts (their front doors adding an occasional splash of colour) and rolling hills of tea plantations. As we neared the national park, the villages became more sparsely scattered among the hills and the roads turned more treacherous. Located in southwestern Uganda in the Kanungu District, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the world’s largest primeval forests. (According to my driver, Moses, Bwindi means ‘impenetrable’ and is derived from the Runyakitara language.) Bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Virunga volcanoes, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth and has been recognised by UNESCO as a v&BW&FvP6FRf"G2&v66vf66RvR'&fVBB6VVFvRBGW6BWfVFRGrƖvBv2vRbFPfWrFRFvR6G2fW&rPWFFvFFRf'Vvf6W22vf6VB&6G&֗7B6VrFFRPB7W'&VFrVF2B2vVB@FVBFVvB&WBFRW&WFBVBv&2FR֗7BvF6VBvF6FbF2G&7&rF֖B@7VFFVǒG2FFRFR6WFR6V6RखFRFƖvB6VVFvP&WfVVBG2G'VR6W'2( 2ƗFW&ǒf&Bf'&BB6W&gVN( 2VFRFRVVR6PF&W7B^( 2vV'VBFfGV6WG2ƖPFFvFRV6RfVFrG2vখFVFGB6W"66VRvFvVƗGFFRgW&6w2WW&g&67GR&V&r6VBV6&W&VB'FPg&VFǒ7Ffb6WBfbf"FRW"rG&fPFBvVBFRW2FVWW"FFRF&BFRFW'GW&RBv2WB'FVbG&6W'2B'FW'2&Vf&R&Vp'&VfVBFRG&VW&֗Bf"v&G&Vrv6WBR&6CsRB'FW C#( 2Bv2WvV7VBbFR'FW'2&R6fW'FVB6W'26VrFV"6W'f6W2FW6( BW7BVG&VW'2'WB6FR66W'fFbFPF&BG2&FG2'vFv0ǒFV6&VBF&vV@@F2vS&fRB&VrVgB6VVFvPff&G2'&VFFrfWw2fW"RbV7Bg&6( 27@W7F2W2RWFF&Vr&vBB&GFғVFv&2&Rf6rWF7FvFǒ&VƖWfV@F7FW7Bg&6( 2f&W7G26FRvSF&vBFW"6&W2f"W"VrFVgBB&GFVgB`FR6WG2B6VVFvR&R6FVB6F@FWFRV'7G'V7FVBfWw2bFR6V6F66VW'