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Celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee is something that comes naturally to many people around the Commonwealth country of Uganda as over the years they have developed a strong relationship with the Queen, who has visited the country more than once!
Her first visit to the Pearl of Africa came in 1954 as she toured the country in what a book entitled 'The Royal Visit to Uganda, Commemorating the Visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 1954' called 'the most splendid three days in Uganda's history'. The Duke of Edinburgh then visited again by himself ten years later, staying around the then newly named Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Her second visit came in 2007 when she enjoyed an Official State visit that culminated in the official opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala. During the visit the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Queen Elizabeth National Park, named after her as a result of her stay there. With the Duke of Edinburgh, she planned a second honeymoon to Malta in the Mediterranean to mark their 60th wedding anniversary and chose just before visiting Uganda again as their ideal time, making Uganda their first choice for an extended honeymoon tour of duty and a popular destiantion for the couple.
The Queen's visits are not the first time that the country has been visited by senior figures from Britain, with Winston Churchill among others travelling there before he became Prime Minister and awarding the country several accolades in his book recounting his journeys there.
Volcanoes Safaris is proud to carry on this tradition by bringing visitors to Uganda from all over the world, entertaining them with our local hospitality and luxurious accommodation. For your chance to join the likes of Queen Elizabeth II in visiting Uganda, visit our safaris page to find out which of our packages is for you!
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.