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Batwa Solar Panel Project


The Batwa Solar Power Project aims to provide access to electricity to the Batwa community near Mount Gahinga Lodge. The Batwa were displaced from the Mgahinga area in 1991 to create a national park for the gorillas. Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust built a permanent village for the Batwa community and their families.

Electricity is the first step to improving the welfare of these households, it is essential for a family to progress, to allow school-going children to read in the evening and for families to access information.

Guests are invited to donate a solar panel to a family. A donation of $200 covers the cost of purchase, transportation and installation. Our target is to provide 20 Batwa homes in the village with solar panels by the end of 2022. Please help us achieve this goal.

Click on the ‘donate’ button below to contribute to this Batwa Solar Panel Project. We appreciate your support!

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To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 years are allowed to go gorilla tracking. For guests booking a stay at Virunga Lodge, please note that the minimum age limit for children at Virunga Lodge is 12 years.

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.