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Like squirrels are to rats, gorillas are basically us with nicer fur coats. One of the top spots to see our majestic cousins, with whom we share over 95 per cent of our DNA, is in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where local conservation efforts have worked to boost the population from 480 mountain gorillas at the last official count to an estimated 700 animals today. A community-led program takes travellers deep (and steep) into the rainforest to visit with the gorilla population in their natural habitat—an experience that’s worth every step of the climb. We travelled to Bwindi with G Adventures on one of their Jane Goodall Collection tours, endorsed by the famous primatologist for the trip’s high standards for animal welfare. Here’s what it’s like to meet the rainforest’s most impressive creatures—and how to prepare for your visit.