The World’s First Gorilla Encounter in Virtual Reality, 360 Degree Video ~ Uganda Tour by Matoke Tours

Posted January 6, 2016 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in top_feature_two ~ 8,335 views


On 6 January 2016, Matoke Tours is launching the first virtual reality travel brochure allowing travelers to experience a complete virtual Ugandan safari. Come eye-to-eye with mountain gorillas, including a close-up encounter with a curious gorilla grabbing the camera.

Matoke Tours is announcing the travel industry’s first true virtual reality travel brochure designed to be experienced in your home or on the go with an Android app. The “Virtual Gorilla” app provides six unique chapters that provide a stunning experience of a trip through Uganda.
Track gorillas in the Bwindi rainforest, explore Uganda in a hot air balloon, and traverse land and water on safari. Become fully immersed in the beauty of Uganda and meet “Big Sam,” your tour guide who highlights real-world lodges where you can spend the night on your follow-up vacation.


Feel the emotion of an authentic travel experience
According to Wim Kok, director of Matoke Tours Uganda, the VR experience offers many benefits for travellers who are considering Uganda as a destination: “This app enables us to convey the intensity and emotion of the travel experience before the journey has even started.


Travellers are then better able to decide which excursions they want to book.”

Android availability first, with iOS experiences to come soon
The VR experience from Matoke Tours is designed to work with Android smartphones and multiple VR systems. For the best user experience, we suggest the Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard VR device designed for smartphones. Begin your virtual experience by placing your smartphone in the viewer and firing up the Virtual Gorilla app.

Users of Apple’s iPhone can expect a similar experience in February when the technology is expected to become compatible with iOS devices.

Starting today, all users can enjoy the 360° videos on the Matoke Tours website that provide a look at experiences and lodges.


About Matoke Tours
Matoke Tours ( is a niche provider in the Africa travel market and specializes in the following destinations: Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Malawi and Zambia. Matoke Tours was founded in 2002 and has two offices in Africa (Uganda and Madagascar) and one in Europe (the Netherlands).

Download the app and view background information
The Virtual Gorilla app, 360° videos, and further background information are available at:

Note for editors
*YouTube list with SIX 360° videos:
*Photo materials for publication:

*Wim Kok, director Matoke Tours (office Uganda): +256 779 646072 or +31 628949833.
*Paul Gevers, director Matoke Tours (office Europe): +31 73 6123 364 or +31628949833.


About the Author

Ugandan Diaspora News Team

Ugandan Diaspora News Online is an independent, non political news portal primarily aimed at serving Ugandans who work and reside outside Uganda. Our aim is to be a one stop shop for everything Ugandan and the celebration of our Ugandan heritage.


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