Arrivals & Departures Gorillas in the mix at Sanctuary

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Half the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population is located in Uganda — perfect for those who enjoy trekking.

One of the best places to see the primates is in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage area in the country’s south west. 

Sanctuary Retreats’ Gorilla Forest Camp treks start with a 6.30am wake-up call and hearty breakfast. 

Sanctuary’s Michael McCall says varied terrain can mean climbs up mountainous trails. 

And every trek is different; lasting from four to 10 hours, depending on the gorillas’ location. 

Michael says although there are restrictions on how close you can get to gorillas (it’s 10m), the animals can be curious, “so be prepared to say hello”. 

Normally priced from $US380 ($520) per person twin share, save up to 40 per cent when you stay at one or more of Sanctuary’s luxurious African safari camps or lodges for more than four nights. 

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Refurbished Sanctuary

Regular West Travel Club readers will be aware that Sanctuary Retreats has undergone a multimillion-dollar refurbishment across its portfolio. 

The award-winning company has provided luxurious accommodation in the heart of the African wilderness over the past 20 years. 

It means guests are able to experience an authentic safari while enjoying a little luxury — and Sanctuary Kusini Camp is no exception. 

Sanctuary Kusini is among the best places to witness the Great Migration from mid-December to late March. 

The camp boasts 12 restyled and spacious open-plan ensuite tents with wooden floors. 

Prices for next year start from $US475 ($660) per person per night, twin share. 

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