We are leaving the lodge to see the gorillas We have our passports We have the permits, and we have it all.
Let’s go! We just hope it doesn’t rain. and that it is not too slippery. These guys will come with us. We reached the entrance and now we are going to some office for… a little briefing about what we are going to do. If the group that we are… going to see, Nshongyi group, is near here we will walk now, otherwise we will take the car and we’ll drive to… another area in the mountain, where we will start trekking We will start at this point, Rushaga and there are three more points: Nkuringo, Ruhija and Buhoma at the Uganda side Other than those, there are two other parks in Rwanda and Congo, the Virunga area And in the Virungas, in the Uganda side, Mgahinga national park. These porters are here to help during the trekking to see the gorillas, apparently it is going to be difficult. Well, here we are again. On our way to the start point. where we will begin trekking And it is the two of us and one porter, to help us and the guide this other guy joined us, so we will definitely be three instead of eight. So we are ready and we only need to get to the start point to beging trekking During the briefing they tols us that yesterday it took them two hours to get where the gorillas were, and despite it is not 100% guaranteed that we will find them so far this year, almost two months they found the gorillas every day and that for our own saftey an armed ranger will come along but we thought he will carry a rifle or something like that but this gentleman carries a kalashnikov none the less right…here Let’s go! We have been asked to tuck our pants in the socks because there are safari ants and if they get in our pants they will give us a hard time so… sexy, sexy Some new friends we just met Hello! Taking a break before continuing upwards It’s been a litlle more than… one hour and they said that the trackers have found … the track but they didn’t find where they slept last night so we don’t know where they are yet. And here it looks pretty difficult because it is impossible to find anything, so I don’t know how they are going to do it. We found the track they left yesterday where they slept some dung and… it seems that we are following the final track We just passed where they found them yesterday and they were eating some fruit under a big tree Then they rested in an open area and from there we are following the tracks that the tracker has found. Now it seems we are walking through the bush and we are somehow… walking down the hill… though… all this vegetation. Here we go! It seems we have finally found them. Look at him! A Silverback We just saw the Silverback male They are huge! Sending his regards. There are a few mosquitos. Lucky for us they don’t bite. They are right down there but we can’t follow because the baby is between us and the rest of the group. Look at the little one. They fell asleep. How do you like it? Yes? We are close. We must be like… Five or six meters away from a group of… A mother with… two babies, a little one and two more, not so little. It seems that all of them are falling asleep. After eating they are taking a nap. All those flies seem to follow the group all the time We are not bothered by them because if they were mosquitos we couldn’t be here but they see to follow the gorillas. Look, it’s coming, it’s coming! There are only 700 gorillas left in the world 340 of them are in Bwindi. And this is a very large group With 24 members That’s a Silverback male Huge! This is Nshongyi, the… dominant male of this group and from whom the group gets their name. This male is older than Nshongyi, the group leader he can’t be the leader because he can’t use one of his hands The right hand. He is wounded, under the hand… from fighting with another male, that he expelled from the group Here we are, having lunch after leaving the gorillas down there. How did you like it? Impressive? Did you enjoyed it? Very much, right? So close, uh?