1. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
With just 1,000 mountain gorillas remaining in the equatorial African rainforest around Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, going in search of silverbacks and their families is undoubtedly a bucket-list experience. On arrival at Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, visitors are divided into small groups and assigned a gorilla family to track, with experienced guides leading the hike. Just 96 permits, costing $1,500 (approx. £1,085) per person, are issued each day – and advanced bookings are essential. Reassuringly, the surrounding community – who have adapted to widespread tourism – receive 10 percent of the revenue, while a large proportion goes towards forest conservation and anti-poaching units.