To trek amongst the endangered mountain gorillas has always been a dream of ours. In 2014, we finally decided to make it happen and on short notice we planned a trip to Rwanda and Uganda. We flew into Kigali and began our journey with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, which is dedicated to all the victims, who lost their lives in the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. Within a 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994, an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed. With heavy hearts and left in deep thought, we continued our 4×4 trek through the Land of a Thousand Hills, while open-minded and forgiving souls waved as we passed by.
After days of experiencing the wonders of this beautiful, tiny little country in East Africa, we arrived at Volcanoes National Park, which consists of 125 km2 of mountain forest and is home to five of the eight Virunga Volcanoes and the world famous mountain gorillas. Though there are only less than 900 left in the world today, sadly the poaching and killing continues.
Protected within the park, the lushly forested slopes of the mountains form a dramatic natural setting for what is arguably the most poignant and memorable wildlife experience in the world. #GoThere