Have you seen your cousins recently? They’re inquisitive but shy and if you want to meet them you have to travel to the forests of Africa.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas. The Gorilla Forest Camp, the newest and most upmarket of the camps, is situated on a hillside with striking views over the forest where the mountain gorillas forage and play.
A luxury tented camp with eight double rooms, each with two queen sized beds, a private wooden deck and bathroom facilities that include a bathtub with view of the forest, it’s the perfect place to relax after your unforgettable gorilla trek.
But gorillas aren’t the only primates hanging around. While you’re here, you could also visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Lake Victoria. Chimps, the closest of our relations, are an endangered species and by visiting you help preserve them and their habitat.
At the sanctuary you will experience a rare opportunity to visit these intriguing creatures in a near-wild setting. Accommodation is in comfortable, large east African style tents on platforms overlooking the lake. Each tent has en suite bathroom facilities and solar lighting so you will be in the heart of nature, but without too much roughing it.
Don’t miss the forest walk, when you can join a group of infant chimpanzees on an hour-long amble through their forest habitat, either in the late afternoon or very early morning. A maximum of three visitors are allowed in the forest for each walk, always accompanied by trained staff. You will be in the company of several chimpanzees from one to eight years old and you will have direct contact.
Of course, if you really fit in, they might make you part of their family.