So last time I checked in I bragged about our toughness i.e our going independent in Rwanda. We made it, and we loved it.
Here's what I said a few weeks back (in case you missed it):
|A great option - for once we agreed with the LP|
- You need to be at the park headquarters at 7am
- While at the park headquarters you will be assigned a group and you will watch some traditional dancing/singing (Trashtastically touristy)
- Once you have a group you will have a trek starting point (the treks do not begin from the headquarters)
- You drive anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour to your assigned starting point
- Trek to and from the most magical experience of your travelling life
- Drive back to your hotel.
|Mike - my porter and hand holder|
|Sarah and I get our first glimpse|
|Our best little friend just contemplating life.|
|Heart was racing!|
- The day before you trekking day you need to find yourself a driver. Ask at your hotel, they will call someone. ($80 + tips)
- Leave early enough in the morning to make it to the headquarters - I think we left at 6am
- Enjoy some tea and coffee at the base of the Virungas while locals dance and your guides fight for your spot on the trekking group you asked for (our options were hard, medium and easy - we went with medium)
- Once all of the groups are finalised you are shuffled to a display board to learn about your new best friends. Queue awesome jokes from the guides.
- Get back into your cars with your drivers and drive to your trekking starting point. Ours was probably 20 minutes away through very muddy farmland.
- Get your porter/s. Sarah and I shared one, if I did it again I'd probably get one each. ($10 + tips)
- Start the adventure of a lifetime.
- When you return (I think we were back down at about 1pm) your drivers will be waiting - were they there all day? Unclear. (Tip the guide)
- Drive back in the direction of the headquarters stopping at a gift shop for a mandatory "I trekked to see the Gorillas" t-shirt. (~$5)
- Back to the hotel.