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Gorilla Trekking with the Wildlife Conservation Society

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In January, Wildland Adventures partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for a breathtaking and once-in-a-lifetime chance to view mountain gorillas in the wild, up-close and unencumbered. Our guests and their team of naturalist guides and native trackers bushwhacked through Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park in search of mountain gorilla families. This adventure included three unique gorilla tracking experiences and opportunities to meet with WCS field staff who are on the frontlines of conservation protecting wildlife across Africa. Guests also explored Murchison Falls National Park (the largest in Uganda) where the Nile flows through a narrow gorge only 23 ft wide before plunging 141 ft and flowing into placid lowlands teeming with hippos and crocodiles (and where they spotted the rare shoebill stork). The vast herds of elephants of Queen Elizabeth National Park were also a highlight. Check out this video and what all of our guests had to say:

I loved spending two weeks in "the garden of Eden" and all of the sights, and mostly non-manmade sounds. - Judith

I loved that our trip focused on how tourism helped the local economies, and that tourism is an important role in saving so many endangered species. -Marianne

This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience which went way beyond my expectations. I got a chance to sit in the jungle and quietly watch a silverback eating his breakfast, amazing! Thank you for opening my eyes to another part of the world. -Amy

This is a difficult trip for an older person but I found it worthwhile. We elected to do 2 out of 3 treks which I think was the right choice for us. -Ruth and Nick

We had a fabulous trip! -Ana

​One day when we were to meet with our WCS supported lion researchers, we were switched from our safari vehicles which were not allowed to go off-road, into the lion researchers trucks and went ambling off. Some of the  guests started to complain about the vehicle accommodation until I made the declaration, "Are you kidding? You need to realize now we get to go off-road and track lions with the scientists trying to protect them!! These are the kinds of things you get to do on a Wildland Adventure!" -Ruth

​Trekking was very hard! One day we were out for 8 hours, one day we got monsoon rains on the way back for 2 hours, but it was all worth it, better than anything I have ever done or will ever do, I imagine? Nothing compares to this trip and I've traveled a lot. Maybe if I climbed the Himalayas and lived with a monk for a month but I'm not doing that anytime soon! This trip wasn't just about trekking. We met with WCS people several nights and learned about the​ir projects; where they had come from and where they were going. We learned so much; it made the trip really rewarding. -Gail

​Don't wait another second to go! I had the trip of a lifetime with memories that are amazing. Thank you for all of your help and encouragement and I will certainly be using Wildland Adventures again for future travel. -Debra

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