As we have a lack of internet access today, we’ve only got one post for you, written by Dorthe and sent via text message. Today, we hiked into the mountain and had an encounter with a whole pack of gorillas.
A knock on the door at 5:30—wakeup call! Today is the day.
We got organized and were given a trekker, a porter and assigned a gorilla family called Hirwa. There were 16 family members, mostly women and 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 and 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 and led us all further down the mountain. There he munched on some bamboo and the family were all around him and us. This was an unforgettable experience and much closer and much less intimidating than I thought it would be.