When you travel to Africa there is a lot of talk about seeing the big five game animals – the elephant, the black rhino, the buffalo, the lion and the leopard – but in a misty corner of Rwanda there is a wildlife experience that may well top all of the big five combined.

On Adventure World’s three-day Gorillas Through the Mist tour you can trek through Volcanoes National Park, the continent’s oldest national park, and watch the region’s gorilla doctors fight to save this incredible creature from extinction.

These modern-day Dian Fosseys (the inspiration for the Sigourney Weaver movie Gorilla’s in the Mist) are on a mission to protect Africa’s unique wildlife, a goal shared by Adventure World.

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“Nothing is more empowering than education and we are proud to provide those travelling with Adventure World the opportunity to visit and learn about the vitally important conservation work being done to save these magnificent animals,” says Adventure World managing director Neil Rodgers. “And by ensuring an authentic travel experience true to the destination, our guests know they are receiving the very best opportunities for localised activities.”

Check out Adventure World’s ethical, authentic and unforgettable itineraries:

 

Meet the Gorilla Doctors

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On this adventure you will not only embark on a gorilla trek through the Volcanoes National Park but you will get to experience the vital work of the gorilla doctors. Guest will spend half a day at the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Centre in Ruhengeri learning about gorilla monitoring, how the vets handle life-saving medical care and what the years of study have taught us about one of our closest living relatives.

Gorilla’s Through the Mist itinerary > click here.

 

Experience the Great Migration

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The annual migration of millions of wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebras and thousands of antelopes between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara is a sight that will never be forgotten. This incredible experience is seeing more and more Australians travel during migration season to catch a glimpse of this mass movement of animals in search of water and food. This spectacle is a great opportunity to educate travellers to support responsible wildlife programs as well as changing the view that the region’s endangered animals are a precious resource rather than a commodity.

Experience the Great Migration itinerary > click here.

 

See Ethiopia’s abundant wildlife

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On the Wild Ethiopia: The Roof of Africa itinerary, travellers can see gelada baboons and try and spot one of the world’s most endangered mammals – the walia ibex. Seeing these endangered species in the wild is a thrilling experience, but only if it is done in an ethical manner – you want to be part of the solution not part of the problem – so that many other travellers after you can experience this rare treat.

Ethiopia’s Abundant Wildlife itinerary > click here.

 

Do it all in the most ethical way possible

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Adventure World Travel is in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation and they both support local tourism done right – operators that have flow-on benefits to the environment and to the local communities.

TreadRight is a not-for-profit group, set up by Adventure World’s parent company The Travel Corporation, that has backed more than 40 sustainable products around the world and has battled to save Africa’s rhino population with the purchase of Bat Hawk aircraft used in the war against poachers.

By supporting Adventure World, and the ethical travel it promotes, you are helping save Africa’s precious wildlife.

For more information on how you can travel ethically, while still experiencing some of the rarest wildlife on the planet, head to Adventure World.

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Written by Paul Chai, KarryOn contributor

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