Unforgettable encounters

Edgar R Batte Charlotte Beauvoisin

Walking With Gorillas

How to see East Africa's gentle giants

There’s something undoubtedly fascinating about our giant cousins, the magnificent mountain gorillas of Sub-Saharan Africa. It’s partially down to their sheer size — you can’t fail to be impressed by a creature that colossal. But there’s something deeper, more endearing. The combination of awesome strength with profound gentleness; the depth of their social bonds; their harmony with their environment; their vulnerability and their struggle to survive.

Perhaps our fascination comes from us seeing in them what we wish we saw in ourselves?

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Uganda is a gem. Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ — an attribution it got from Winston Churchill in his 1908 book My African Journey — over a century later, this East African country still tickles tourists with its splendour.

Home to tropical weather, warm and inviting people, diverse cultures among some 53 tribes and 54% of the world’s mountain gorillas, Uganda packs a lot into a small country. Look beyond the obvious and you’ll find a country teeming with culture and wildlife.

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Western Uganda

Mountain gorillas and beyond
Approx. 10 days
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Eastern Uganda

Nomads, Nile and natural pools
Approx. 7 days
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