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An Evening with Jane Goodall, DBE

Dr Jane Goodall, world renowned expert on chimpanzees, UN Messenger of Peave and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute is delivering a talk at the Royal Institution on Monday 3rd December hosted by Steppes Travel.

Jane Goodall is an alumnus of Cambridge University and is recognised as an authority on chimpanzees as a result of her 45-year research work in Tanzania. Her research in Tanzania is respected within the scientific community as she was the first to identify that chimpanzees not only weren't vegetarians but also used tools in a similar way to humans, challenging two long-held beliefs.

In 1977 she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports research at the Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She first visited Gombe in 1960 at the age of 26 to study chimpanzees and her research continues today, though her work is now primarily in promoting awareness of the struggle faced by chimpanzees and the environments they call home. She travels around the world sharing this message tirelessly for more than 300 days each year.

Over the years that followed she has become the world's leading expert on chimpanzees and has won almost innumerable awards for her work and her humanitarian activities.

Volcanoes Safaris works closely with chimpanzee researchers in Kyambura Gorge, one of the primary researchers being Nicole Simmons who also works with the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust to promote community and conservation projects around our eco-luxury lodges.

Doors open at 6:30pm, talk begins at 7:15. Tickets are £25 per person and all proceeds go to The Jane Goodall Institute UK. To book a ticket contact Steppes Travel by email at [email protected] or by phone on 01285880980.

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Safari Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking

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.