10 of the best: wildlife encounters - 3. Gorillas in your midst
The encounter: Witness the magnificent, gentle giants of Uganda and Rwanda’s mountain rainforests.
What’s involved: Trek to view mountain gorilla families in their natural habitat in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans or Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to over 300 gorillas. Trips often visit the grave of murdered conservationist Dian Fossey, author of Gorillas in the Mist.
Do it: Wildlife Worldwide’s 10-day Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimps trip includes two nights in a lodge in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, from £3,195 including flights. Aardvark Safaris offers gorilla tracking in Rwanda, including three nights at Virunga Lodge, from £2,343, and G Adventures’ five-day Uganda Gorillas and Game trip costs from £1,579, both ex-flights. Brown + Hudson’s luxury, 13-day East African Extravaganza, from £225,000 for two, includes helicopter flights to Bwindi, for a gorilla trek and overnight stay, and to other African safari destinations plus a bespoke documentary.