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Gorillas & orangutans

It’s easy to see why hanging out with great apes in the wild snags the top spot on many a bucket list. Their eyes a mirror to a not-so-distant past, their gestures and relationships so like our own. Perhaps you dream of trekking through lush forest to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda? Or visiting those charismatic redheads, the orangutans of Borneo? Powerful and moving, a primate safari is one of the most rewarding trips you’ll ever take in your life.

Gorilla and orangutan trekking

Hike deep into the forest and come face to face with a mother gorilla and her baby, the advanced sentries of a habituated family group in Uganda. Or trail orangutans as they journey through the canopies of ancient Sumatran rainforests or across scantly inhabited islands

Wealth of wildlife

Aside from gorillas and orangutans, these secret pockets of dense jungle also hide a wealth of other species, including monkeys, elephants, antelopes, and bird species by the bucket load. We’ve handpicked a couple of our favorite primate safari itineraries to inspire you…

Did you know?

Gorillas have unique nose prints, like human finger prints.

Did you know?

Orangutan means 'forest person' in Malay.

Did you know?

We share roughly 98% of our DNA with gorillas.

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An orangutan's arm span is two meters from fingertip to fingertip.

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Gorillas sleep in nests on the ground or in trees.

Did you know?

Orangutan's big toes are opposable.

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Primates, Predators and Paradise - Rwanda, Tanzania and Seychelles

Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Mahe Island

Combine the wildlife thrills of tracking gorillas in Rwanda and watching big game in the Serengeti with the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of the Seychelles. An ideal honeymoon or special celebration trip for true wildlife enthusiasts.

Best for: Couples, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Highlights of Uganda

Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Jinja

Explore the untouched wilderness of Uganda's National Parks in this fantastic 12-day itinerary. From Murchison Falls to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, discover the very best that this intriguing country has to offer.

Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Couples, Honeymoon

The Wonders of Western Uganda

Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Spend nine days in the rugged wilderness of Uganda, trekking through the unspoiled forests of Kibale and Bwindi in search of mountain gorilla and chimpanzee, and visit Queen Elizabeth National Park to admire its rich variety of wildlife.

Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Couples, Off the beaten track

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