In The Company Of Apes

“Coming face-to-face with Mountain gorillas is breathtaking. There’s no better way to be introduced than seeing a Silverback beat his chest and charge a rival male!”

According to Sir David Attenborough, spending time with Mountain gorillas is the greatest wildlife encounter on Earth. With only 880 left in the world, now is the time to see these beautiful endangered creatures in the wild…

Mountain gorilla Mountain gorilla

Inspired by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman seeing mountain gorillas in the Long Way Round TV series, Max Greenhalgh booked himself on an overland adventure through Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. It was his first group trip, and it didn’t disappoint.

“I had an idea that on such an adventure, it might be best to travel with experts.”

Here Max shares his trip highlights:

Day 4: Settling In (Masai Mara, Kenya)
“Most nights we camped. I wanted to feel like I was in Africa rather than observing it from the outside. In the middle of the night I could hear elephants crashing into trees and destroying anything in their way!”

Day 5: Sunrise Surprise (Masai Mara, Kenya)
“We got up at 4am to see the gazelles’ morning routine. To wake up, they prance about in a circle and jump incredibly high. Then the younger ones play-fight and chase each other. It was a privilege to see.”

Day 7: Up Close & Personal (Lake Nakuru, Kenya)
“Getting up close to a lion, you appreciate its sheer size and power. And seeing it yawn, spotting the teeth of such a fierce predator, gives you quite a rush.”

Male Lion Male Lion

Day 9: Campfire Curiosities (Jinja, Uganda)
“This was my first visit to Africa, and I didn’t know what to expect. The food, for one, was great; we ate traditional African food, maize and roast goat.”

Day 11: Fierce Beauty (Lake Mburo, Uganda)
“Africa can make even an average photographer look like a great one. I was lucky enough to snap a leopard enjoying the sunset, perched on top of a few rocks. They move in such a seductive way, even when hunting.”

Day 12: Rural Encounters (Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda)
“This is a classic overland expedition. You wouldn’t see anything for miles, then suddenly a town would appear, with shops, bars and places to eat. And just as suddenly it would vanish.”

Mountain gorillas Mountain gorillas

Day 15: Stroppy Silverbacks (Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda)
“Coming face-to-face with gorillas is breathtaking. There’s no better way to be introduced than seeing a Silverback beat his chest and charge a rival male! I never thought I would see anything so spectacular in my lifetime. It’s almost impossible not to stop and point.”

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