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Brewing Hope in a Coffee Cup!

Our Coffee Cooperative in Kyambura Gorge is gaining fame for the quality of their Omwani coffee and has recently been featured in the Daily Monitor!

According to the Daily Monitor, the coffe is 'gaining a reputation for its quality', which is great news for the women who have been working hard to ensure the quality is higher than other Ugandan coffee brands. The Cooperative was established in 2010 by the VSPT and is only in its second year with lots of growth, both of coffee and sales, forecast for the future.

The Cooperative gives women from the local villages a much-needed and increasingly respected source of work and income to support their families, many of whom are widowed and looking after multiple children and grandchildren by themselves. It is a real success story for the local community and now with the Daily Monitor coverage hopefully it will increase even more.

The Daily Monitor is Uganda's leading independent newspaper, with a readership of over one million people, originally launched in 1994, a few years before Volcanoes began in 1997!

Contact us for more information on the VSPT, visiting and donating to the projects such as the Coffee Cooperative.

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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.