There are around 880 mountain gorillas left in the world, and just over half of them live in the Virunga Mountains. The Virungas forms the border between three countries - Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC - with Rwanda being the place to go to see these remarkable creatures.
Spending time with mountain gorillas is reason enough for a Rwanda safari. Nothing prepares you for the feeling of crouching close to a family of gorillas: watching them groom, feed and the babies tumble about, all under the protective gaze of the great silverback male.
Visit Rwanda, however, and you’ll soon discover that this small country holds many travel highlights.
Rwanda’s best known reserve, Volcanoes National Park, is not only home to 10 families of habituated mountain gorillas, but also the beautifully coloured golden monkeys. To the south lies Nyungwe Forest National Park where you can go chimpanzee trekking, hang out amongst towering treetops on the canopy walk and hike to waterfalls in one of the oldest rainforests in the world.