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In June 2014 Virunga Lodge launched the “One Sheep per Family” project, to provide one sheep to each of the families in three nearby villages. The sheep manure provides natural and effective fertiliser for growing crops. As well as providing manure, selling lambs provide income for the family.
For the project to work effectively, the community is divided up into 14 groups and each group is given nine females and one male. After all females produce an offspring, the breeding males are rotated to a different group for genetic diversity. A new family takes over caring for the male and donates one female offspring back to the previous ram caretaker.
With the generous support of the guests, all 140 families in Sunzu village and 175 families in Bugyeo village have now received a sheep under this successful initiative! As of September 2023, 162 families in Kigugu and 140 families in Nyagatoki village have received a sheep, with a further 8 families remaining in order to supply every household in the village.
Click on the ‘donate’ button below to donate one sheep ($40) to one of the Kigugu community.
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.