The gorillas are, of course, a highlight. It is what we all came to see, and we won’t be left disappointed. My trek took place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in Uganda. This is the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest in Uganda, dating back 25,000 years. It contains almost 400 species of plants and roughly 350 species of birds. The forest is not only home to an estimated 500 mountain gorillas (roughly half the world’s population), but also several other primate species and mammals including elephant and antelope. Trekking through the forest was an experience in itself, like something straight out of Jurassic Park. As the name suggests, the forest is unbelievably dense. Long trousers, hiking boots and gloves are the order of the day, but even then, you’ll struggle to get anywhere fast without your guide’s skilful use of a machete to make temporary pathways through the ever-growing jungle. I was totally transfixed by my surroundings as we walked in silence through the thick jungle mist. As our search went on, all that was to be done was listen to the distant calls of the birds and look out for signs of life in the treetops, catching a fleeting glimpse of movement now and then. The atmosphere was eerie and mystical, and the two hours it took for our trackers to find the gorillas flew by.