Day two, again we woke to a bright clear morning, the mountains were majestic in the morning sunshine, with the distant valley immersed in low mist and cloud. Isaac had this time managed to arrange for us to the Sabyinyo group, which we were keen to see, as the largest silverback was head of this group - Guhonda, at 220kg . We had a relatively flat hike for approx 40min through the potato and bean plantations before reaching the buffalo wall. Our guide - Ignatious, then advised us that we may well have to hike for a further 3 hours to find the gorillas. We were prepared! we pushed on for approx 5 minutes, before he stopped, only to advise us that we had arrived. Sure enough, we could hear and smell our gorillas. We quickly prepared for the next hour, and another amazing and exciting experience was there for us. What was so different this time, was that the gorillas were very active, with Guhonda sitting proud in the bamboo forest, munching on bamboo shoots, and his no2 silverback, and a very large blackback chasing each other around, we found ourselves looking in all directions, and seeing gorillas all around us.
We followed them for a few metres, into an 'open area' only to come across 'Big Ben' - a bald gorilla - sat on the buffalo wall, just staring at us. A few seconds later, two more gorillas appeared, clambering up and over the wall to meet us! We were then entertained by the silverback chasing the large playfull blackback around a large bush. We carried on moving, watching all sorts of play and feeding, swinging in trees etc..this was definitely the most active encounter we had experienced. The hour was up - wow! what a sighting that was - in all 9 of our previous gorilla treks, that was the most action packed. We made the short journey back to our vehicles, and the lodge. This afternoon, as we had plenty of spare time, Isaac arranged for a local guide to walk with us to the cultural village at Iby'Iwacu. We walked the short distance of approx 5km along a track surrounded by the picturesque farmland, and had the constant attention of the local smiling children. We were invited by one family to watch whilst they milked their cow. We reached the village, and were met by the 'crazy' ex poacher - Barora Leonidas with his chanting, and dancing - we recognised him from TV documentaries about the Virungas. We had a go at archery - shooting his target (banana leaf) at first attempt, to be congratulated with hilarious cheers and chants. More drums, dancing, singing and a visit to the 'chiefs house' completed this interesting and entertaining visit.