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The Rushegura gorilla group has come to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge for a quick visit last week!
The Rushegura group and the lodge staff are old friends. The staff have got to know the characters and 'personalities' of individuals in the group.
In 2010 one of the group's females, Buzinza, even gave birth to her baby in the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge ground. Last week the group's visit was less eventful, but just as exciting for visitors and staff! The gorillas came along the main path through grounds, passed bandas and the massage hut before disappearing back into the forest. Buzinza's baby, now in his teenage phase, could be seen with the rest of the family, just as comfortable as always in his birth place.
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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.