A gorilla in Bwindi National Park in Uganda

Gorillas

Trek through dense jungle in search of the world's largest primates and our closest living relatives. Get up close and observe the magnificent Mountain gorilla in their natural habitat - arguably the ultimate wildlife encounter.

Mountain gorillas inhabit the rain forests of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwana on the high slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes and to track and find them amongst tangled vines is a exhilerating experience. Staring into the soft brown eyes of one of these gentle apes is simply spellbinding!

Around only 600 mountain gorilla still exist today and by visiting them, you ensure their continued survival in their natural habitat. Although our closest living relatives, ironically, it is man that poses the greatest threat to their survival. For years gorillas have been ruthlessly hunted for their hands and heads, which are sold on as macabre souvenir ashtrays and lamp shades. Additionally, large numbers have been killed whilst trying to stop poachers stealing babies which are illegally sold on to zoos, where their survival rate is low. You need not feel that you are exploiting these animals by paying good money to go trek for them in their natural habitat. Indeed, the ever-growing number of tourists keen to trek for the gorilla proves to be an important factor in their survival. The gorilla permit fees help to set up and finance patrols that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares.

Here is a range of our African safari's that include gorilla trekking.

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