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Trekking through dense rainforest to Dian Fossey’s grave, 30 years after her tragic death, and encountering truly wild gorillas, is an adventure like no other, says Gavin Haines

Experience the African jungle

Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park goes out of its way to make you feel unwelcome. The terrain, the weather, the flora, the fauna and the mud all conspire to deter you. Precipitation is the default setting here, in this vertiginous jungle where there are nettles spiky enough to sting elephants, bogs that can suck in a grown man’s legs and buffalo that wouldn’t think twice about head-butting you in the face and then walking over you for good measure. And yet the dangers and difficulties presented by this untamed wilderness are precisely why it is so exciting. That, and the mountain gorillas, of course, whose last stronghold on Earth is this rainforest, which cares not for man-made borders, straddling as it does Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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