Shhhhhhh.....there's gorillas in the mist!!
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With much hassle and cost I set out in the footstep of Diane Fossey to see the rare and endangered mountain gorillas. We left in the morning to the entrance of the Parc National des Volcans to receive our briefing and be split into small groups. I was told the gorilla group I'd be seeing was creatively called "Group 13". It turned out this was a good group since it had 21 members and very picky females. About 6 years earlier, so I was told, the silverback of the group died. The females rejected 2 other silverbacks before accepting the current silverback that leads the group. After the briefing we headed into the park to the area where our gorillas were to be found. Over an incrediably bumpy road we ended up in a small village and then started the hike into the forest.
I couldn't hear what he was saying and didn't know why we were stopped and then I looked up, right in front of us crossing our path was a huge female gorilla who could care less that we were there. After she crossed we went a little higher and then the whole family came into view. The silver back looked at us briefly in the beginning and then decided to head further down the mountain side and out of view in search of better food. The females and babies on the other hand were perfectly content lounging and playing right in front of us.