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In 2013, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust started a mushroom growing project at Volcanoes Safaris’ Virunga Lodge in northern Rwanda. The long-term aim of the project is to provide a livelihood for low income families from the Sunzu, Nyagatoki and Bugeyo villages neighbouring the lodge.
The group has started growing oyster mushrooms in the specially designed hut constructed on Volcanoes Safaris land. The group plan to diversify into growing button mushrooms. The mushrooms are sold to the community and to Volcanoes Safaris, who serve the fresh mushrooms to Virunga Lodge guests.
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.