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I recently returned from gorilla-trekking in Rwanda and Uganda. I read a lot before I went and I must thank you all, especially atravelynn for all of the great tips.
However, nothing I had read or talked about with previous trekkers had prepared me for Day One of my hike in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
We were assigned the Hirwa group, supposedly an easy hike. We marched up and down the mountain, through the mud, vines and stinging nettles for nine hours and never caught up with our group. Very rare, in fact, the Warden told us: "This has never happened before!" But, it happened to us. They could only surmise that the gorilla group may have come in contact with some buffalo, and that may have made them scatter.
We had two subsequent successful treks, both of which took only about 20 minutes of walking before we reached our families (Group 13 and Kwitando).
I guess the moral of my story is to definitely be prepared, and to purchase at least 2 permits!
I did love it and it was a fantastic adventure!

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