The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), established in 2009, is a non-profit organisation that connects Volcanoes’ Rwanda and Uganda luxury lodges to the neighbouring communities and conservation activities. The VSPT receives funding through Volcanoes Safaris, which contributes $100 from safari bookings, as well as private donations by our guests and others.
The VSPT aims to create long-term, self-sustaining projects that enrich the livelihoods of local communities, promote the conservation of the great apes, restore natural habitats and work with communities and institutions to reduce human-wildlife conflict. As part of their stay at Volcanoes Lodges, guests get an opportunity to visit VSPT projects and to share the lives of the local communities.
Bwindi Bar, near Bwindi Lodge, a bar which gives training in hospitality to local disadvantaged youths, won the 2016 PURE Community Engagement Award!
Volcanoes Safaris is thrilled to announce that the launch of the Gahinga Batwa Village, a permanent village for one of the oldest surviving indigenous people in the Central African Forest, the Mount Gahinga Batwa Community, took place in May 2018 in Gahinga, Uganda.
The Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project was launched in February 2019. VS and VSPT have been working to safeguard the gorge ecosystem for over 10 years, and today are the largest single stakeholder in the gorge ecosystem after the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Here are some more VSPT community and conservation projects around Volcanoes Lodges:
- Intore Dance Group
- One Sheep Per Family Project
- Virunga Water Tank Project
- Microfinance Saving Scheme
- Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative
- Kyambura Community Café
- Kyambura Wetland
- Kyambura Buffer and Tree Planting Project
- Kyambura Community Conservation Centre
For more information, please look at the VSPT Annual Report 2018.
You can donate to the VSPT via PayPal using our online service:
The VSPT is a registered charity in Uganda (37536).