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15. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

with all due respect, i saw the gorillas in rwanda oslaue

i might have seen them in uganda also and indeed in the congo, although i didn't actually visit the latter

however, uganda was a beautiful and rewarding country to travel through, and although i only spent 2 days in rwanda it had spectacular scenery, friendly people and a great beer called Primus.... oh, and it is one of only three countries that are home to the world's last remaining 700 or so mountain gorillas

they were wonderful to see in their natural habitat and it was encouraging to see that in the group of 16 there were two young babies and three other young

i really need not say this at all but observing a mountain gorilla in a zoo cannot in any way compete with a three hour trek through lush green vegetation surrounded by volcanoes and accompanied by fearless anti-poaching wardens armed with AK-47 assault rifles

if you have the opportuntity to experience this then go for it

it was awesome and humbling and worth every single penny

joey :)

16. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

utrecht, apologies for the guinnea bissau thing

i have updated my travels with my main trips in last few years

joey ;)

17. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 10y

Well said Utrecht!

18. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Quoting joey22

utrecht, apologies for the guinnea bissau thing

i have updated my travels with my main trips in last few years

joey ;)

Thanks Joey.....I appreciate it...I did appreciate the joke as well, but I guess you know what I mean..if we are all goin to start with that....

By the way, did you have to arrange that trek before you arrived in Rwanda, or was it possible to just show up?

19. Posted by Kelstar (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I agree joey - it's one of highlights of my travel experiences too.

I have read that the gorillas usually seen in zoos are lowland gorillas and that the mountain gorillas have never been successfully kept in captivity.

Utrecht - if you have some spare time I believe it's possible to show up and wait for a day when there is a spare permit. Otherwise you would be best to contact Rwanda Tourism -


20. Posted by CathyRo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Thanks for posting about the gorillas. I am planning a trip to Rwanda and Uganda in the summer which is the busy season so I have already purchased my permit. I'm also excited about visiting the countries and experiencing the culture.

By the way, oslaue is wrong about seeing the gorillas at the zoo. There are no mountain gorillas in captivity. The gorillas in zoos are different from mountain gorillas.