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In collaboration with the Sunzu village members, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust and Volcanoes Safaris have helped facilitate the funding and erection of a 2.7 km power line through Kinoni village and Virunga Lodge, bringing electricity to 63 local families for the very first time.
Since 1959 the Ntaruka Hydro Power Station has been providing electricity to the communities surrounding the twin lakes, Bulera and Ruhonda, which can be seen from Virunga Lodge. Today, with the generous contributions from Volcanoes Safaris and the VSPT, the dream of having electricity in the Nkenke village has become a reality, with more than 300 houses and small businesses connected.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.