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Opened in November 2010, the playground was built by members of the community on land purchased by the VSPT located near the Kyambura Gorge Lodge and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The playground provides a safe environment for local children to play and a focal point for the local community.
The area is used for football, netball and the local Kyenzaza Primary School’s fitness lessons. By supporting the local community, the VSPT seeks to encourage conservation of chimpanzees and other local wildlife. In March 2012, the VSPT sponsored uniforms for the Kyenzaza Men’s and Women’s Football Teams and Kyenzaza Primary School’s boys’ team. In return for these uniforms, the teams are being trained how to maintain the ground on their own.
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.