Before you venture out on the savannas of Kenya and Tanzania, extend your journey into Uganda's mountains for an encounter with endangered mountain gorillas. Rising from the heart of Africa astride the equator, Uganda's volcanic slopes are one of their last refuges. The rain forests that shroud their slopes also shelter chimpanzees and monkeys, making Uganda the world’s best destination for primate viewing. About 1,063 wild mountain gorillas remain in the world, and Bwindi is home to about 459—a population that is growing, but still threatened by the increasing human population in the surrounding communities. Tracking them through the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the top safari experiences anywhere in Africa. In guided groups of no more than eight travelers, search for one of the habituated gorilla groups that are accustomed to human encounters. Each visit with the gorillas lasts one hour. To come face to face with these powerful yet peaceable wild creatures, so evidently intelligent, is spine-tingling.
Two Treks to See Mountain GorillasMake two separate treks with local guides into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to find rare mountain gorillas and sit in their presence within their natural habitat
Cultural Experiences with Local PeopleOpt for a cultural experience with the Batwa pygmy community, a culturally endangered people who once lived as hunter-gatherers in the forests where gorillas roam
Contribute to Species ProtectionLearn how your visit helps protect Africa’s endangered primates through ecotourism dollars spent in this UNESCO World Heritage Site and surrounding communities
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