Day 5 – Gorillas in the Wild

Today, we hiked into the mountain and had an ecounter with a whole pack of Gorillas.

As we have a lack of internet access today, we’ve only got one post for you.
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A knock on the door at 5.30 – wakeup call! Today is the day.

We got organised and were given a trekker & porter and assigned a gorilla family called Hirwa. There were 16 family members, mostly women & babies with only one Silverback male. There were even baby twins – which are very rare, I can quite honestly say it was an incredible experience.

After an hour of walking through potato fields and half an hour into the muddy mountain tight with bamboo & eucalyptus trees, we saw the sight of our first gorilla – up in a tree! As we approached them, we saw more of the family. Mums, babies, and young gorillas right next and playing all around us! It was magical!! The big silverback was having a rest but he soon became interested & led us all further down the mountain where he munched on some bamboo & the family were all around him and us. This was an unforgettable experience and much closer & much less intimidating.

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2 thoughts on “Day 5 – Gorillas in the Wild

  1. Wow! What an amazing experience you are having! Thanks for describing your trip so well and for the great photos. Looking forward to seeing pics of gorillas when you are back to internet access. God Bless, V x

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