Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tracking Gorillas

Hidden among the bamboo and dense jungle of the volcanoes in the northwest of Rwanda are some of the world's last remaining mountain gorillas. We tracked those gorillas yesterday and it was an absolutely amazing experience. One minute we were walking closely behind our guide, and the next we were face-to-face with an enormous 200kg silverback. It is difficult to describe the exhilaration we felt upon first setting eyes on a wild mountain gorilla. Really, the photos say it all. They are captivating, contemplative, gentle, magical creatures that are so human-like it's mystical. We got to spend an hour with the gorillas though we could easily have watched them for days. One of the indisputable highlights of our journey. The US$500 per person permit was worth every penny.

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