By Our Reporter
Kampala’s money magnate Sudhir Ruparelia and wife Joystna Ruparelia literally invaded the privacy of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park after they went gorilla tracking on Monday.
Although he is mostly renowned for his shrewdness when it comes to business, Sudhir is also a fervent tourism enthusiast, who has toured several national parks in Uganda and abroad, and visited numerous tourist sites.
So this time round him and his lovely wife Joystna Ruparelia decided to track the Habinyanja group of gorillas in Buhoma sector, which was indeed an adventurous excursion for them.
Shortly after the excursion, Sudhir, who could not hide the excitement and fun in the wilderness, said that; “Gorilla tracking is an experience like no other. It’s a must do activity for anyone who loves tourism and conservation.”
Sudhir who stayed at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge during the excursion, said he was happy to see that facilities in the countryside had greatly improved. With its dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is truly one of Africa’s unique lodges.
It should be noted that Sudhir’s adventurous experience comes a few months after it was confirmed that the Mountain Gorilla population in Bwindi Forest had increased to 459 in 2018 from 400 in 2010.
Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the former minister for tourism, wildlife and Antiquities, noted while giving results of the gorilla population census that these latest figures, when combined with results from an earlier study in nearby Virunga Massif, suggested that the global population of the primates has grown to 1,063, which is very good news for Uganda’s tourism sector.
This is because gorilla tracking is one of the activities that attracts tourists from all over the country to Uganda.