People often baulk at the high cost of gorilla tracking, especially since you only get a single hour in the company of the animals, but it's so, so worth it. Gorillas are among our closest relatives, and that connection is undeniable when you end up face-to-face with one of them. Gorilla tracking is a fantastic experience, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Bwindi is very hilly and slippery, with plenty of nettles and thorns, so be sure to dress appropriately - and be prepared to walk for several hours if the gorillas happen to be far away. They are very susceptible to human disease, so try to respect the 7m minimum distance even if the rangers urge you to get closer. And stay calm - gorillas are gentle, but enormously strong, so surprising them with sudden movements isn't a great idea. All gorilla encounters are memorable, but if you want a bit of fun, try to arrange to visit a family with several youngsters, as they tend to be both more active and more curious than their adult counterparts. There are numerous habituated families in Bwindi, each different from the next, but all equally captivating. Absolutely unforgettable.