the kwitonda gorilla family in volcanoes national park, rwanda [video]

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Any journey to East Africa would not be complete without a gorilla trek. After all, what else are you going to do after you have had your fill of African Tea?

In Rwanda, I traveled to the Volcanoes National Park [Parc National des Volcans], a large national park in northwestern Rwanda. This park borders two others: the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Volcanoes National Park is most famous for its mountain gorillas and for being the base of operations for the celebrated zoologist Dian Fossey, who studied the gorilla families in the park for almost twenty years.

During my gorilla trek, I was assigned to trek to the Kwitonda Family, a group of approximately twenty individuals. Having migrated to Volcanoes National Park from the Democratic Republic of Congo, this family has a tendency to cover vast distances making finding them a somewhat difficult trek, and this family has a reputation for being one of the most difficult to track.

The video is a compilation of quick shots I took during my time in the park and includes extreme close encounters with the Silverback Akarevuro, the leader of the Kwitonda family.


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