This day was almost unreal for me as it was happening. We left our campsite early in the morning in darkness and drove up winding roads through morning mist and passed local farms until we reached the park. By mid-morning we were trekking through the forest, no trails in sight, the Gorillas must be located by rangers. It was hot and silent except for the sounds of us following behind the ranger. When we made it to the ‘Bitikura’ family of gorillas we were all in awe. We knew what we came there to see but weren't entirely prepared for this face to face meeting with these beautiful animals. For an hour we were allowed to observe them, 8 of us in the middle of this forest without bars or cages dividing us, just us and this family. It gave me goose-bumps knowing that this animal only 10 feet away could rip me in half should they choose, but they didn’t, they were curiously watching us as we were them. I feel truly lucky to have these memories and this experience of sitting with these gorillas in their home.