When people mention African safaris, a must is a talk about the big five safari in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya or Tanzania. However after my recent visit to lesser known destinations like Uganda and Rwanda, i have learnt that an Africa safari is today much more than just the big five.

A safari in Africa today is much bigger than just enjoying game viewing of the big five, there are several animals that you should try to add on the mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda whilst on safari. That means you will enjoy viewing the lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes and the number six; the mountain gorilla? Gorilla watching has limbed top among the best adventures to be added on a big five safari and today it is among the top of any complete catalogue of must-see animals in Africa. On safari through Uganda, Rwanda or Congo, you will see the spectacular primates of Eastern Africa on a gorilla trekking safari that leads you into the wild tropical rain forests of the Virunga.

If you are looking to something different during your holiday in Africa, seek a truly humbling and affecting experience, try trekking through the dense and tropical jungles of Uganda, high into the mountains of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, or Volcanoes National Park looking for the endangered primates first premiered in the movie “Gorillas in the mist”. On a trek through the forest you will see a ghostly familiar figure; look into the eyes of our long lost ancestor, our evolutionary cousins, the great apes, a moving experience in the wild of Africa!

Though large and strong, the gorillas are peaceful, intelligent, gentle and vulnerable. Coming face to face with these elusive gentle giants is life defining moment. Stay for the night in the depths of the forest, comfortable and secure in your own private camp and in the morning you will be greeted by all the extraordinary sights and sounds of the wild. Uganda is a truly magical moment and one that will make any safari memorable for a lifetime.

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