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Kyambura Womens Coffee Coop

VSPT Kyambura CoffeeDid you know we grow our own coffee at Kyambura Gorge Lodge to serve to guests?

The organic ‘Omwani’ coffee is grown and hand-processed by the members of the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative. We have recently expanded the project to add another ten members to the cooperative, and an extra 500 coffee plants have been planted this year. The coffee is grown on land which also acts as a wildlife buffer zone running alongside Kyambura gorge, which is home to an isolated group of chimpanzees.

The project provides vocational training to local community members living near the lodge and provides an alternative source of income.

Kyambura Womens Coffee CoopWe blend the coffee with 30% Arabica and 70% Robusta to give it a balanced and unique taste and aroma. It is sold to Volcanoes Safaris lodges in Uganda and served to our guests on safari. Guests can also take a coffee tour and see how the coffee is grown, harvested and processed, before sampling the ‘best cup of coffee in Uganda’.

To find out more, or make a donation to support the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative, follow the link in our bio.

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To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 years are allowed to go gorilla tracking. For guests booking a stay at Virunga Lodge, please note that the minimum age limit for children at Virunga Lodge is 12 years.

Safari Activities

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.