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Trip Review - Rwanda Gorillas

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Continuing on from Nairobi, we went to Rwanda for 3 days for a Mountain Gorilla trek. Our trip was also arranged by Gamewatchers - who I again recommend you use.

All 7 of us arrived in Kigili, and were met by our 3 guides for the trip. We had a nice tour of the City, followed by a moving visit to the Genocide Memorial. We than had a very scenic 3 hour drive to the Mountain Gorillas Nest Hotel to check in. We took a tour around the area, and had a one hour drive to the Congo border at Goma for a short visit into Congo. This is the site where some 4 years ago, Mt. Nyiragongo erupted, taking out part of the City. Unlike the peace we had in both Kenya and Rwanda, Congo did have a very strong UN Peacekeeping force in the City.

Arriving back at Gorillas Nest, we had a nice dinner, and prepared for the next day. We were pretty excited, and didnt sleep the greatest that night, but were up early and eager to proceed. We arrived at the Ranger station with about 20 total people there. Our group of 7 were assigned to the Sabinyo group, and were told they were about an hour hike away. We drove to the starting point and walked about 30 minutes to the wall, and than the real hike started. It was not at all easy, and a few members of our group had some difficulty, but we went slow and steady up the mountain. True to their estimation, about an hour into our hike, we spotted our first Gorilla just below us. Our guides provided our packs for our cameras, and we were slowly led down to the Gorillas. Wow, what a moving experience to be within a few feet of these animals playing and feeding. We were within a few feet when a couple of the Gorillas decided to walk through us to get some food. They did move around some, but we were able to get some great shots, and just spend some quality time watching and enjoying the visit.

Here is a couple of short vids that I took off my digital camera. I warn you, the quality is not the greatest, so no insults, lol. http://richardfh.zippyvideos.com/gallery.z

The hour went by so quick, and all of a sudden it was time to go. By far, one of the best hours of my life, and I highly recommend it to anyone. The trip back was uneventful and much easier than the way up. We got back to the hotel where they had a little show for us as we came in with drinks, and had a nice relaxing afternoon.

The next day we made our way back to Kigali, where we had lunch at Hotel des Mille Collines, which the movie Hotel Rwanda was based on. After a nice lunch, we made our way back to the airport for our trip home.

If you get a chance, definitely go. It is well worth the money.

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