Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
39Trip End Ongoing
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We arrived at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Ranger Station, picked a walking stick and had a quick briefing with our guide before we all took off on the trek, being led and trailed by a couple guards with AK47s. In 1999 Rwandan rebels came over the border and into the park and killed 8 tourists and a few employees. I'd forgotten that story and thankfully wasn't reminded about it ntil after our trek. Turns out poachers and charging elephants are the bigger issues these days, at least according to the guard that I asked
When we first arrived I was a little disappointed as the gorillas were all in the trees and the lighting was pretty bad so I couldn't really get the amazing photos I was hoping for. After awhile I realised I should put the camera away and just take in the whole experience... it was truly amazing. Watching the dominant silverback was wicked. He'd snap off a branch as if it were nothing. The highlight came near the end of our hour when he decided it was time to leave and came scrambling down the tree trunk about 20 feet in front of us. Thankfully he chose to move off in the opposite direction.
The hike back was uneventful but still pretty cool as the scenery was absolutely beautiful. Overall it was an extremely expensive day, but given that the gorillas and surrounding communities rely so heavily on the money, I was very happy to have done it.