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Primates & Big 5

As humans, we share 98% of our genetic sequence with gorilla. We are even closer to chimpanzee. It’s thought that our common ancestors walked the earth just six or seven million years ago. It’s no wonder, then, that when you sit with a habituated gorilla family in the forests of the Virunga Mountains, you’ll feel an uncanny sense of familiarity.

Seeing just one of these remarkable species in the wild is a once in a lifetime experience, one which will stay with you as long as you live. But just as we might compare the gorilla with ourselves, commenting on the way they play, feed, and groom one another, it’s just as fascinating to see the similarities and differences between multiple kinds of primate.

This is why we’ve devised the Journeysmiths primate pairings: on a single trip, you can see not only chimpanzee and gorilla, but golden monkey, olive baboon, mangabey, colobus, and vervet monkey, too. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda or Uganda goes particularly well with chimpanzee and a Big Five safari in Tanzania, which is just across the border.