There’s no better time to see Rwanda’s majestic gorillas

This year marks an amazing feat in wildlife conservation: 50 years of dedicated efforts to save Africa’s rare mountain gorillas. Spearheaded by the extraordinary work of the late Dian Fossey and her Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, these majestic animals, once at risk of extinction, are now increasing in numbers.

Staring into the eyes of these gorillas, whose DNA is strikingly similar to our own, as I did recently, is a poignant, spine-tingling experience. And there’s no better time than now to visit Rwanda, a country that not only has these majestic creatures in their natural environment, but is also one of the safest, most politically stable countries on the continent right now.

The region to go: the lush, verdant forests home to the gorillas in the northern Virunga Mountains (a range that spans Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Part of…

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