Girolla Trek in Congo

Trip Start Jun 06, 2005
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Trip End Dec 23, 2005


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Friday, June 17, 2005

well guys, since the last entry, I have made it into and out of the Congo alive. I've seen the girolla's, oh my god - you wouldn't believe how close we got to them, and now only was there 31 in the family, there was also a silverback!!! OK start the story from the start. We drove from Kampala, in Uganda 15 hours to our campsite near the Congo border, arriving at midnight.Had food and was up again at 4am to get to the border etc.Now when we got to the border, we had to walk across no man's land to get into Congo. The difference between the poverty in Uganda and Conga was unbelievable - you won't believe me when i tell you that there was WOODEN BIKES in the Congo!!! and the kids were all staring at these white people coming into their country. Anyway, make a long story short, we were given a briefing and then taking in 4x4's into the Congo. Now I know what the gardening gloves are for (we were told, if you need to go to the toliet in the jungle then dig a hole in the ground, do your business and then close the hole!!!). Anyway, got to out base camp and we were divided into three groups. Fast, medium and slow - of course I took the fast option, and it was fast - we had a guide and a fella with a mechittie cutting our path - we took 2.45 hours to get to the girolla's. we were about 2 feet from them. it was great - there was a baby on his mother, with this afro hair style going on, and what looked like 2 bothers who continued torugby tackle each other for the camera. That was great until the silverback decided to charge at us, showing full teeth and standing over 10 foot tall - i shit you not, we nearly died there and then, but he was only warning us off. We had 1 hour with the girolla's and themn the guids demanded his tip - we handed it over - big mistake, as we lost the guide on our way back. i was seriouusly thinking i was going to die in the Congo, not a bad story, but i'm not ready for that yet!! anyway we got back to the campsite about 9pm and the next day started our journey back to Kampala - Uganda
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