WHY: The thought provoking ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ film premiered in 1988 but, 30 years later, it continues to inspire wildlife enthusiasts to head to Rwanda and Uganda for a chance to view up close the critically endangered mountain gorillas. WWF estimates that, in these three decades, their population increased from 620 animals to approx. 880 today but they are as elusive as ever. Whichever you choose – Rwanda now benefits from a direct link with London, although gorilla permits in Uganda are more competitively priced – travel between the two countries has become much easier following the recent introduction of the East Africa Tourist Visa.
BOOK IT: Best of Uganda with World Expeditions (10 days) covers all the ultimate wildlife encounters in the country; departs monthly year round, except May and October, from £2,990 per person (price includes gorilla and chimpanzee permits)