Photographer vs. Gorilla

Agashya opens his eyes, looks at me, gets up and hits himself on the chest quite aggresively. It’s my own fault. I made eye contact with the alpha male, which I shouldn’t have done. “Act submissive”, whispers guide Janvier from a distance. Easier said than done. I’m temporarily enchanted by the majestic silverback. But then he screams at me and the enchantment makes place for fear. I look away, curl up into a little ball and push the air out of my lungs. Agashya calmes down. So does the guide. And so do I. 

You don’t really want to read the whole story of my encounter with the gorillas in Rwanda, do you? You just want to know how much it costs and if it’s worth it. The answers are simple: 1500USD (the price just doubled last May) en yes, it’s one of those life changing moments. But don’t take my word for it, take my camera’s: