1. The Gorillas
You can read about them, watch videography of them, and view photographs of them (and there ARE some stellar shots), but nothing quite prepares you for how moving it is to be among the gorillas. They are stunningly animated, curious, engaging and KIND. The rule of thumb is to remain seven meters away from them but that is rapidly, and frequently, broken by them as they approach to pound their chests in front of you, inspect your person, and roll around in search of more food. The trek through deep rainforest to find your gorilla family, and the time you spend observing and interacting with them, is highly emotive and has the added benefit of directly funding one of the great conservation success stories of our lifetimes.