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Virunga Mountains

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... in Rwanda, along with Bwindi Forest in Uganda, are the two prime locations in Africa for tracking mountain gorillas.

This protected area straddles Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo and includes some very impressive and mysterious volcanic peaks shrouded in dense tropical forest, but surrounded on all sides by intense small-scale agriculture.

Remarkably this tiny portion of the planet hosts almost a third of the world's wild mountain gorillas, with around 250 individuals in 10 troops, of which 8 are habituated to the presence of humans, which means that they can usually be approached without being scared off. This rich rainforest environment also contains over 120 mammal and 350 bird species.

Only 56 gorilla tracking permits are issued each day, so you need to book extremely early and pay up front to secure a spot to visit one of the more interesting and accessible gorilla families.


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