Headed to Rwanda
Finally in Rwanda
Waiting out the rain with a Primus (national beer of Rwanda)
Hotel Mille Collines aka "Hotel Rwanda"
Courtyard at Hotel Milles Collines
New Cactus Restaurant
View of Kigali below
The plant life in Rwanda is amazing!
Adam wanted to take the wooden door home
Lots of wood carvings from Congo
Genocide Memorial, Kigali
250,000 Rwandans are buried in mass graves at the memorial. Over 800,000 Rwandans were killed
Took a three hour bus ride from Kigali to Ruhengeri - first staging area for the gorilla trek
Hotel Muhabura, Ruhengeri
Ugh! Adam will pay for this one later
Heading up to the park - ladies carrying bags of potatoes
Karisimbi and Bisoke Volcanoes. All the volcanoes make up the Virunga range and Volcanoes National Park
Gahinga and Muhabura Volcanoes
Rwanda has an amazing landscape. Thousands of hills
Volcanoes National Park. Meeting point for our gorilla trek
Sabyinyo Volcano in the background
Getting our final instructions from our guide - whisper, don't pointing, don't make eye contact with the gorillas, and stay more than five meters away. Oh right, and watch out for biting ants and stinging nettle
Heading to the mountain
Hiking to the base of the mountain
All kinds of crops are grown in Rwanda
Entering the National Park
The hike up the mountain is through dense vegetation and lots of muddy slopes.
Water break. Mud and altitude make the hike a little tough
The bamboo forests are beautiful! We had a perfect day for our trek
Gorilla poo! Our first clue that the gorillas are not too far away!
Getting ready to see the mountain gorillas for the first time. We can hear them in the distance!
Gorilla diets consist mainly of bamboo, giant thistles and wild celery
There they are!
Letting it all hang out
Mountain gorillas spend 30 percent of their time eating
Mountain gorillas are entirely vegetarian
There are only about 700 mountain gorillas left in the wild
Mountain gorillas can be found in Congo, Uganda and Rwanda
Baby gorillas wrestling
The Black Back hiding in the brush and munching bamboo
Gorilla family groups usually consist of a silverback, blackbacks, females and babies