Gorillas in the Mist

Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
Trip End Jan 06, 2010

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Monday, October 19, 2009

In our few days in Rwanda we paid a visit to the Genocide museum and memorial in Kigali. It was a very moving tribute and so scary to see how people were influenced to kill on such a scale their friends and neighbours, sometimes in a horrifically brutal manner. There were many personal accounts of the tragedy and photos of some of the victims (nearly a million). Even more incredible is how the nation has judged and punished those criminally involved, forgiven and recovered; now the Hutu’s and Tutsis are no longer socially distinguished or separated, back to the way things were before colonial rule.

Our main reason for visiting Rwanda was to visit the Mountain Gorillas - only found in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC (Congo) We had to trek for 2 hours through dense bamboo forest and thick mud before we found the Amahoro family of Gorillas. We were nervous that the rain would come again as it had for our chimp trekking but we were very fortunate. It was an amazing sight watching these magnificent animals and being able to relate to their behaviours. The first we saw was the huge Silver-Back (the eldest in the forest at 36) who was snoozing - he awoke later and was definitely playing the grumpy old man role. Whilst he was snoozing the juniors were playing around jumping on each other and play wrestling. They climbed and swung through the trees - occasionally falling as they hadn’t quite mastered it yet. At one point a huge male stood tall, pounded his chest loudly and ran towards us on all fours. There was a definite bottom-clenching moment as he ran at pace to within a foot of us, but fortunately continued up past us to another bush. A girl in the other group actually had a junior playfully trying to pull her coat from her back. We had an hour with the Mountain Gorillas which seemed far too short but was the maximum allowed during a day. Fantastic experience of a lifetime that we’ll never forget.

We headed back through Uganda, stopping in Jinja where we went rafting down some grade 5 rapids, then back on to Nairobi where we ended this part of the Dragoman trip. So far so good
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Peter and Kel on

Hi Both. Could you slow down a bit, I`m still looking for the third chameleon from 2 months ago! Graham, get some new boots with a better grip! Or just get a grip. Ha Ha. Lots of Love, P&K

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