Nothing can prepare you for the surge of emotion that takes over when you see a mountain gorilla for the first time. It is an experience that lasts for a lifetime and will, in some way, change you.
Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
As Lukey Bourne, our Africa expert at Exceptional Travel explains…
“Gorillas share over 95% of their genetic material with humans and this apparent humanity is extraordinarily evident from just a few metres away. Their eyes, their fingernails and the way they protect their young – it’s truly unforgettable. And make sure you don’t spend all your time behind a camera lens. Put your camera down, study them in detail and remember to breathe! ”
The trick is where, how and when to visit these majestic mammals. Rwanda and Uganda are widely recognised as the world’s top destinations for accessing mountain gorillas in the wild. They are unique in culture, landscape and habitat so the decision is an entirely individual one. Our job is to guide and advise you on which country will suit you best and this all begins with a phone call. However, as a starting point, we have compiled a list of answers to some of the most frequent questions we are asked.
Park permits are strictly limited in Uganda and Rwanda and they sell out fast so planning a trip well in advance is absolutely essential.