For many, this is a once in a lifetime chance to get up close with mountain gorilla families and explore their habitat. Awe-inspiring, majestic and humbling, a glimpse into the social structure and lives of these primates is sure to be a talking point for months after you’ve travelled. Be prepared – hikes to see them can be strenuous, but you will have the back-up of expert guides and porters to assist you every step of the way.
For those wanting more exclusivity (trekking groups have up to eight people), consider a full-day gorilla habituation experience instead – you spend four hours with the gorillas, alongside rangers and researchers working to habituate new groups to human visitors. The habituation experience is only available in the Rushaga sector in the southern part of Bwindi.