There is nothing quite like climbing up the beautiful eerily quiet Virunga mountain range. The forest is dense and likely to get your heart racing, this is however reduces due to the fact we were accompanied by armed rangers and guides who helped scale these majestic mountains. Our reason for waking up at 5:30 am and driving to Kinigi to be on time for the 7:00 AM briefing, was to see the endangered Mountain gorillas native to the mountain range. As we were among the youngest and fittest participants for the day we were assigned the farthest gorilla family to visit (the Virunga Massif has 604 of the world's 1000 remaining Mountain Gorillas with 12 families).
The hike up took over 3 hours with breaks to rest and have a snack, the guides were friendly and considerate of all participants varying fitness levels. Once we reached our troop of Gorillas we were stunned to view these majestic animals who did not mind our intrusion into their Kingdom.