Even the most detestable adventurer that has been there, will admit there is no thrill like standing just a few feet from a wild mountain gorilla in his turf, looking right into his incredibly human eyes. With fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left in the wild, gorilla trekking is not just an extraordinary feeling, but a life changing adventure; it’s a valuable economic lifeline for these beautiful endangered gentle giants. If volunteering abroad brings you anywhere near the last remaining habitat of mountain gorillas, do not pass up the opportunity to go gorilla trekking in Africa’s virungas.
Mountain Gorilla trekking in Africa involves hiking deep into the mountain jungles of Uganda, Rwanda, or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to meet and observe a gorilla family in the wild. You go with guides; national park rangers who monitor the gorillas for conservation record keeping, and help protect them from poachers. They can locate and determine the general area where a gorilla family will be, and are skilled in tracking them.
- Gorilla Trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo