Gorilla Sticks His Tongue Out

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Timing is everything with animal photos. The above photo is one of my favourites and I was lucky to get it. Animals don’t pose, they move, they seem to sense when you’re going to take a photo and suddenly turn away. I also had a fairly new camera and was still getting used to it. Perhaps I should have spent a bit more time with it before I went on the trip but I have no complaints. I’m happy with the photos that I did get.

Look yoga gorilla:

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More gorillas….. so incredible:

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Then after an hour it was time for them to leave:

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More Gorillas – How you doing?

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The big guy was a sexy beast.

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More photos from my trip to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Which seems to be what people are interested in, more than anything I have to say.

About the trek, do wear good shoes the hike to see the Gorillas can take awhile and the trek can be slippery and parts are quite steep. Do hire a porter, our porter was amazing and so helpful, well worth the ten American dollars. Take water and food, our hike was over an hour and a half each way and we stopped for lunch in a lovely clearing. Sunscreen should go without saying and tuck your pants into your socks so that the ants can’t get in and bite you. One girl was bitten by a fire ant and it looked nasty. Careful what you touch along the path, many in our group wore gloves to protect their hands from the stinging nettles and there are a lot of stinging nettles. ENJOY the journey, the park is beautiful. Take the time along the way to look at the park and appreciate where you are.

Take lots of photos of the gorillas, they are AMAZING

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Gorillas

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You do get really close to the Gorillas.

So on Friday I gave a sneak peek of the Gorillas with this photo:

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Still my favourite. So cute but the whole experience was unbelievable. When choosing my trip to Africa and faced with so many choices of where to go it was the Gorillas that were my number one priority. After looking at so many tours I chose an Exodus tour that started in Rwanda. A country I really wanted to see and from the reviews sounded like the perfect place to see the Gorillas.

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Seeing them for the first time was surreal. I couldn’t believe that I was actually standing in Volcanoes National Park looking at Gorillas in the clearing. For the first few minutes I forgot to take pictures and through the one hour visit I often forgot to take photos. They are just so amazing to watch. To hear them grunting at each other, watch them push each other groom each other and a mom and baby. I just stood and went “Awwww” before remembering I had a camera with me.

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Everyone in the group was excited and even after the hour was up we all spoke excitedly about the gorillas and were all smiling. It was an incredible experience and worth every penny.

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Baby Gorilla

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Can I take him home?

My favourite photo taken of the gorillas. A little toddler who was so entertaining, he rolled and wobbled around and then sat and ate some grass.

With a hat and some sunglasses I think I could have snuck him out.

Volcanoes National Park

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The biggest reason I wanted to go to East Africa, Gorillas. There are two choices to see Gorillas, Rwanda or Uganda. I chose Rwanda.

Heading out to Volcanoes National Park I was really excited, months of anticipation and soon I would be hiking to see the Gorillas. I was going to see them in person. When you get to the park you are briefed on how to act around the Gorillas, how close you can get and are then put into a group of eight to head out to see your chosen group.

You have input on the length of walk but not much on which group you will see. My group was for a medium length walk to go see the Ntambara group. Then you get assigned a porter to help you on the hike. The porter is well worth the ten American dollars. My porter pulled me up some steep, slippery inclines, helped me avoid the stinging nettles and also reminded me to look at the beautiful views. He also carried my backpack, he was awesome.

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The hike is part of the journey and take it all in, Volcanoes National Park is a stunningly beautiful place.

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Seeing the gorillas for the first time, I actually squealed. After hiking for just over an hour and a half there was a clearing and there they were. It is hard to believe how close you can get to them, you can hear them chewing the bamboo.

The guys who over saw the gorillas and kept us at a safe distance:

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My first view of the gorillas:

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