Gorilla's in the mist
Trip Start May 28, 2013
38Trip End Aug 08, 2014
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Right at that moment the guide said leave down your backpacks, food, water and turn your flashes off. It had finally arrived, we walked over a fallen tree, down a small slope and there they were. The Susa group, a family of thirty six mountain gorillas and the biggest group in the Virungas. Made up of three silver backs, black backs, females, juveniles and even a set of baby twins. The most jaw-dropping sight I have ever seen and the first one we came across was a 200 kg silver back, I can't even explain how enormous he was and we were only five metres away
It would be rude to come to Rwanda and ignore the very sad and recent history which of course is the genocide of 1994. The majority Hutu tribe brainwashed by the government and members of state brutally wiped out over a million minority Tutsi's in only one hundred days. At the moment there are one hundred days of mourning to commemorate those lost in the genocide and it's very evident throughout the country how many people this has directly affected. I visited the Kigali genocide museum and memorial which has three mass graves holding roughly about 260,000 remains. The museum was very informative and I spent an emotional three hours there trying to understand how neighbours, relatives and friends shot, bludgeoned, raped, and tortured each other in one of the most appalling atrocities in recent history. The following day we took a short trip to a memorial outside of town where 10,000 people were murdered in one day while they took shelter in a church
To lighten up my day I went to see the new Superman in 3D afterwards in the very modern Kigali city centre. An example of how Rwanda has moved on from the genocide and is not allowing it's recent history stop the country from progressing towards a brighter future. Tanzania bound tomorrow and two days of bone rattling and crazy driving lies ahead but the reward is a safari in the Serengeti. Photo's to follow folks, the owner of the Internet place is off to business school so I'm being kicked out.