Love it loads!!
Not quite sure what I was expecting but have been really surprised. It is the cleanest place I have visited, once a month on a saturday they have a 'Community Clean Day' all the residents have to clean the streets wash buildings.... It's amazing, we saw this happening yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon a group of us were picked up from our hotel to start our Gorilla Trek, we stayed in a little lodge just outside the national park, no electricity just a little generator at night, a fire in our room (really cold as we are quite high up). The rooms were comfortable, running hot water, shower, toilet but a little scary.... Wake up call booked foir 0530Local time this morning.
If I told you that a Gorilla brushed past me you probably wouldnt beleive me! well one did... and it was the leader of the pack 'Silverback'. We stayed with the gorillas for about 1 hour, we saw about 8 seperate Gorilla's including a little baby only 3 months old. We saw the mum and baby playing together, Breast feeding, farting together.... it was truely a magical experience. I sort of forgot that they are dangerous animals, the ranger kept saying 'keep back lady' but I just felt that they wouldnt hurt me!
What was really hillarious was that we had a Dutch Old lady in our group, there was no way she was going to be able to trek to the top, after 15 minutes of up hill treking she decided she wasnt going to make it!! we were at a remote village at this time, we stopped for a little rest as she was seeing double and not getting on with being at altitude. The ranger was talking to the local people from the village and within minutes a boy carried over 2 huge bamboo posts, a lady carried over some strong fabric with a huge basket and within 20 minutes they had built a stretcher for the old dear and she was carried up to see the Gorillas by 4 local boys!!! we are talking through the jungle up to our knees in mud!! They did charge her USD200, I would have charged her double!!
Any way I have to go and do some work now, so will catch up at my next stop Kruger, South Africa
Again apologies for any spelling!
PS - Louie I have a really good Gorilla Picture for you xx