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The VSPT, in partnership with the Mvule Trust, constructed a tree nursery and conservation outreach program in the Kyambura area, located near Kyambura Gorge Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.
The tree nursery aims to establish a large nursery of 400,000 indigenous trees on VSPT land adjacent to the national park. The young trees will be handed out to community members living in the National Park and also planted in the VSPT 100 acre restoration area along the Kyambura Gorge.
With the help of the community and of Volcanoes guests, approximately 3000 trees have been planted in the Kyambura Buffer area and 2000 in the Kyambura Wetland.
The Kyambura area is one of the most densely populated communities neighbouring Queen Elizabeth National Park. Communities in this area have depleted most of their natural resources including trees, wetland and clean waterways. The forestry team will lead education programs at local primary schools so that children may learn the importance of trees to our environment and how to plant and care for them from a very early age.
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.