More Gorilla Trek: Day One
We were able to use walking sticks for the first part of our trek, which was especially useful when our feet got tangled in the vines, but as we got close to the gorillas, we had to leave them behind with one of the porters. The gorillas remember being hunted with spears by native tribes, so the walking sticks, which look like spears to them, are upsetting.
The silverback for this particular family tended to be somewhat skittish and aggressive. At one point he rushed forward, waving his fists and shrieking. The guide told us not to move and the gorilla stopped short before reaching our group. The silverback then called to his family and they began to move to a different location. Our guide took out the machete, opened up a path, and we followed.