Graceful Gold for the Pearl of Africa


Volcanoes Safaris are delighted to join in the celebrations and congratulations to Uganda's very own Marathon Man Stephen Kiprotich on his stunning gold medal in the Olympic Marathon in London.

Kiprotich, 23, a farmers' son from the Kapchorwa District close to the Kenyan border, wasn’t even born to celebrate Uganda's last Olympic Gold medal; his victory ended a forty-year wait for a gold for Uganda! Speaking after the race, Kiprotich, who was running only his forth marathon and is already being hailed as another 'Rift Valley phenomenon' said, “I was thinking that maybe the Kenyans would win but I kept in touch, so I decided to move. It is wonderful for my country, my family, my people, everybody in Uganda. I’m very happy.”

Uganda's only previous gold medal came in the 1972 Berlin Olympics when police officer Akii-Bua, who with a lack of competitive competition used to train in a weighted vest on hurdles six-inches higher than standard, won the 400m hurdles in a world record time. There is already talk of a national holiday being created in honour of Kiprotich and his victory!

Mwebale o kuwangula omu ndali Stephen! Thanks for bringing home Gold!

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Chimpanzee Tracking

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.