Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Africa

Kibale Forest Chimpanzee

Are you looking for something different on your next holiday in Africa? Why not visit the tropical rain forests of Africa and meet eye to eye with the wild gorillas and chimpanzees in Africa?

Central Africa has long held a fascination for the intrepid and the curious impenetrable landscapes. There are remarkable and unique trips that takes travelers across some of the most beautiful and emotive landscapes on the African continent. Traveling through Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Eastern Congo offers great options to do a safari that is quite different from the usual big game viewing safaris. Uganda, Rwanda and Congo offers something different by offering an option to search for the largest mountain gorilla species on earth on a gorilla safari within the mountainous areas of Bwindi Forests and the Virunga Volcanoes.

Possible Trips

You can take a safari beginning in Bujumbura travel from the shores of Lake Tanganyika, into the Virunga Mountains and on to the expansive waters of Lake Kivu. Along the way we’ll have a chance to visit the rare lowland gorillas of DR Congo’s Kahuzi-Biega National Park, climb to the summit of one of the most active volcanoes in the world and meet a cast of fascinating and inspiring characters who will provide a truly unique insight into this incredible continent.

Options for Gorilla Watching

Rwanda, often overlooked due to its troubled history, is taking its deserved place on the tourist map of East Africa. This lush and verdant country has much to offer the adventurous traveller. One of the main draws is the gorilla safari in Rwanda, a trip to the dense jungle and towering volcanoes of Parc National des Volcans. In this park you have the opportunity to see some of the world’s last bands of mountain gorillas – often described as the ultimate wildlife experience. There is also a chance to track the Golden monkey – another wonderful opportunity to observe a rare primate in its natural habitat.

With almost no flat land and range upon range of rugged hills, Rwanda is one of the most mountainous countries in Africa his superb wildlife trekking holiday to a refreshingly new destination takes in the best Rwanda has to offer from Lake Kivu and the ancient Nyungwe Forest to hiking on the volcanoes of the Virunga Chain and including the chance to meet the gorillas and chimps.

Tracking the mountain gorillas is an unequaled jungle trek experience culminating in the thrill of standing within metres of a family, often including the imposing male silverback. Rwanda and Uganda are also known for the colourful cultures and pretty lakes around where many of these communities live and Gisenyi is a fine example of this.

Options for Chimpanzee Watching

The tropical rain forests of Central Africa protect several troops of chimpanzees, great apes native to the African continent. Along with bonobos, chimpanzees are our closest living relatives. Did you know that humans share approximately 98% of our DNA with chimps. Therefore it’s fair to say that we are 98% chimpanzees and chimps are 98% human.  The best places to see chimpanzees are Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda, Gombe Stream in Tanzania, Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in Congo, and Kibira National Park in Burundi.

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