Gorilla Safaris and Trekking

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On one of our gorilla safari holidays in Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo, spending time just feet away from Africa’s largest primates, watching a group of mountain or western lowland gorillas feed and forage whilst cradling their young, can be the most humbling experience imaginable.

They are so incredibly gentle and docile for a creature of their size. Move on to tracking chimpanzees in the forests – no greater contrast can be drawn as they screech from the boughs of the trees. Perhaps have the privilege of observing them and being their keeper for the day on Lake Victoria, or taking the young, orphaned chimps for a forest walk, swirling them about by their feet and hands and tickling them. No wonder that the DNA differential is infinitesimal between chimpanzees and man!

But Uganda and Rwanda in particular, offer so much more than primate experiences. Beyond our Rwanda and Uganda gorilla safaris, you’ll find beautiful lakes, magnificent wildlife, especially in Kidepo National Park, the source of the Nile, unparalleled birdlife, soft, gentle people and horse-riding. View one of the last vestiges of pygmy life at Semliki and Bwindi. There is little more captivating than the Rwenzori Mountains, too. More than anything else, one sees an unspoilt Africa – an Africa of fifty years ago – and the reason why we all fell in love with the continent in the first place!

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Congo

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Highlights of gorilla trekking safaris

  • Rwanda- gorilla safaris in the Volcanoes National Park.
  • Rwanda and Uganda - gorilla safari holidays in Bwindi and Mgahinga.
  • Congo - gorilla trekking for the western lowland gorilla.
  • Chimpanzees in Kibale and Kyambura in Uganda, and Nyungwe in Rwanda.
  • Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains, Tanzania.
  • Chimpanzee sanctuary, Ngamba Island - Uganda.
  • Superb Wildlife in Kidepo National Park – Uganda. Murchison Falls, the source of the Nile – Uganda.
  • Horse-riding around Lake Mburo – Uganda.
  • Pygmy culture in Semliki and Bwindi – Uganda.
  • Kigali – For its wonderful craft shops – Rwanda.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park for its birdlife – Uganda.
  • Ishasha for its tree-climbing lions – Uganda.
  • Walking holidays in the Bwindi region in Uganda – seeing forest elephant and possibly gorillas too.

 

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- Utterly designed and tailored around you and your requirements

- Totally unique every time you travel with us

- We use only the very best hand picked guides which can make the difference between a  good holiday and an outstanding one

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- Established over 27 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience

Making a difference

- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities


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‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

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