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For 34 years, Coral Expeditions has taken guests on immersive voyages
to faraway lands. You will explore remote beaches, dive in pristine waters,
and experience the real culture of our destinations. The intimate scale of
our Australian flagged ships, our trademark Xplorer ‘tender vessels’, and
our exceptional Expedition Team all combine to create an atmosphere
entirely unlike other cruises.
This February, I went gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
with Volcanoes Safaris. I had gone to Rwanda in 1981, and it’s
a very di;erent experience now. For one thing, a gorilla permit
in Rwanda is now around $1,500, and it was about $150 back
then. For clients who can’t a;ord that, the permits in Uganda
are about $600.
Rwanda has become a lot more upscale. I stayed at
Bisate Lodge, by Wilderness Safaris, which is brand-new
and runs about $1,300 a night. Several more luxury lodges
are currently being built there, too. I loved traveling with
Volcanos Safaris, which has been in the area forever.
I don’t really try to sell this kind of trip — people come to
me with the desire to do it. My best tip is to tell clients to plan
ahead because permits are limited, and they go quickly.
In both Rwanda and Uganda, the experience is incredible.
After almost four hours of trekking uphill, we finally found a
group of gorillas. Even if you try to stay away, if they are curious
they will come check you out. In Uganda, I had a huge silver-back come right in front of me. It’s really moving and
beautiful — you feel excited like a little kid again. It definitely
touches the soul. That’s the beauty of it. — Hope Smith,
Born To Travel, Sierra Madre, Calif.