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An update on our new solar panel community project at Virunga Lodge.

Virunga Community Projects Solar Donation


Recently Emmanuel the Virunga Lodge manager and Cyprien our construction manager visited the Nibishaka Fidele family on Birwa island on beautiful Lake Bulera near Virunga lodge, to set up the first solar panel at their home as part of the first panel being donated as part of this project.

This area does not have access to electricity which is essential for socio-economic growth, allows school-going children to read during the evening hours and improves the welfare of households.

Thank you to John Duncan and Katherine Higgons who recently stayed at Virunga Lodge for this kind donation.

Virunga Lodge Community Projects support conservation and community activities around Virunga Lodge. Other current projects include ‘One Sheep Per Family’ and the ‘Virunga Water Tank Project’.

We hope to provide 75 families with solar panels by the end of 2021. Please click here to support the project

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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.