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Once described by Sir Winston Churchill as the 'Pearl of Africa', Uganda is one of Africa's best kept secrets, as well as its most diverse. From the vast Lake Victoria to the awe-inspiring National parks, Uganda boasts stunning landscapes, and not only that, it is home to the greatest concentration of primates in the world and half the world's mountain gorillas.

The prime viewing areas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, so named because of its dense forest. Around 700 gorillas are said to inhabit the area and our expert guides know the best places to look. Once in the forest we recommend staying at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, so close to the action that you might even find gorillas wandering into camp.

Neighbouring Rwanda can also lay claim to having fantastic gorilla trekking, and Volcanoes National Park is home to half of the remaining 780 mountain gorillas in the area.

Suggested itineraries for Gorillas, monkeys and more

Classic Rwanda

Nights: 8 | from £5,535

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Compact Rwanda delivers a mighty punch. This is one of the only places in the world in which you can experience intimate encounters with wild mountain gorillas – as well as a wealth of other primates, and a bounty of birds.

Gorilla Tracking from Nairobi

Nights: 3 | from £3,225

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A chance to witness mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Rwanda on this exciting 3 night trip with expert trained guides on-hand.

Classic Uganda

Nights: 10 | from £6,145

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Uganda is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. While most people visit just for gorilla trekking – which is a must – this mountainous, lake-flecked, wildlife-rich country has plenty more to offer.

Uganda Gorilla Safari

Nights: 4 | from £3,175

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There’s no experience quite like gazing into the brown eyes of a mountain gorilla – and with just over 800 of these endangered primates remaining, it’s a rare privilege indeed. Venture deep into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with experienced guides to track a habituat-ed family and enjoy a unique, unforgettable wildlife encounter.

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Suggested accommodation for Gorillas, monkeys and more

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge


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Mountain Gorilla View Lodge


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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge


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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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Virunga Lodge

Volcanoes National Park

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Featured articles for Gorillas, monkeys and more

Gorillas in my Midst by Sara Hinds

Gorillas in my Midst by Sara Hinds

I'd seen many documentaries on the plight of the endangered low level mountain gorillas, and had read Gorillas in the Mist,...

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