By this point I was getting used to the early starts and I was ready for my second day of gorilla tracking. We were off to see the Isimbi Group, a larger group than before, with plenty of playful youngsters. This was a trek and a half! One of our group decided after half an hour that he could not walk any further and the porters made a stretcher for him, out of bamboo shoots and a couple of towels. Not only were they carrying him, but also hacking through vegetation, stinging nettles and bamboo for nearly five hours before we found the group.
They were worth waiting for! The mum was feeding two babies and the youngsters were playing as acrobats on the bamboo shoots, while the silverback was having a good snooze. Just as our hour was finished with the gorillas, thunder and lightning started. It was a rather wet walk back, sometimes on hands and knees as our porters hacked through the vegetation. Eventually we got back to our transport at 4:30pm, but all of us said it was worth the effort and an experience we would never forget.