FROM THE BIG SCREEN TO ‘REAL’ GORILLAS IN UGANDA
March saw the release of Kong: Skull Island in cinemas. Starring Tom Hiddlestone, Samuel L Jackson and Brie Larson, it tells the story of a team of explorers who are brought together to venture into an unknown island in the Pacific unaware that they are entering the world of the mythic giant ape Kong.
For a more realistic primate adventure, why not visit Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, one of the most remote and atmospheric camps in Africa. Located deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda, it is home to just over half the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas and is the ideal base for a once in a lifetime gorilla tracking adventure.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers an unrivalled experience and due to the camp’s location, it is frequently visited by gorilla families. As well as gorillas, Bwindi is home to rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus and baboons. It also a paradise for bird watchers with over 350 species of bird.
The gorillas tracked belong to one of the ‘habituated’ family groups in northern Bwindi. Experienced guides accompany the tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. There is a daily maximum of eight visitors able to meet each gorilla group. Permits are required and need to be bought in advance.
For less mobile guests, there is even a specially customised sedan chair with support and harness which allows them to be carried into the rainforest to track the gorillas in their natural habitat.
Prices at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp start from £217 per person per night based on a 3 night stay for 2 people sharing including all meals and drinks (not premium brands), Concession fees and the Community Walk. Contact our reservations team for more details.