@AmyT I sat on this for a few days but have to put a plug in for the Rwanda gorilla trekking. Because of your concept of viewing chimps/gorillas in the wild is exactly why you should go trekking. It is by far, out of 9 safaris, the most amazing experience I've ever had. These incredible, smart, beautiful creatures (who are so similar to us, yet without the inhibitions we've been taught as @amybatt pointed out) are soul changing in the flesh. They are extremely endangered, with the very real possibility of them becoming extinct as no zoo has successfully been able to "keep" them in captivity. In zoos they have various species of lowland gorillas, endangered though not to the extent of mountain gorillas. To have had the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and endangered souls in the world, was truly life changing. OMG- and the fuzzy babies!!!!! And most importantly, you instantly know that you are in their world, not a zoo. There are no walls, no glass.....it is truly exhilarating (as you will also find with elephants and lions and oh so many beautiful inhabitants of our natural world). It is not a trip to pass on if you can do it. Plus, Rwanda is a beautiful and friendly country. Bonuses all around. If you do this, go to the Genocide Museum. It is also a mind blowing experience. Sad, reaffirming, educating...oh so many emotions...experience. I did it alone which was hard because I sooooo wanted to share it with someone. It is a must. Now, as far as the actual trekking...I was a few years younger than I am now, but even then I was a slightly overweight, smoking, couch potato (still am ). If I could handle it, trust me, so can you. As @amybatt mentioned, they go the pace of the slowest person in the group and there is always a slower person than you in the group @wilddog also had a good point...after your first trip you'll have a better sense of what your interests are, but I just didn't want you to write off the gorilla trekking too quickly.
So, are you beyond excited for your upcoming trip? Heart palpatations? Lists upon lists? I sooo love planning an African trip.
Edited by lmonmm, 11 April 2017 - 11:49 PM.