We have come a long way and yet crouched on the forest floor among a family of gorillas or a chimpanzee community our ancestral roots are plain to see. Humbling, educational and inspiring are some of the words used when in the company of our great ape cousins.
Trekking to see our closest relatives is remarkable for many reasons, not least of which is the intimacy of the encounter. All on foot, at the same level, up close and personal.
Mountain gorillas may be the headliners and indeed time spent with a family in the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda and the DRC or in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the great wildlife moments. The lowland gorillas of Odzala however are no less impressive and the chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains provide arguably the most educational of all safaris. For what could teach us more than learning about ourselves.