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“Into the Virungas” is an inspiring conversation between Volcanoes Safaris founder and passionate conservationist, Praveen Moman, and Sophy Roberts, a leading travel writer. It is illustrated by a spectacular collection of photographs by Michael Turek.
The photo essay describes the humble beginnings of Volcanoes Safaris' work around the Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda and Rwanda when there was still conflict in the area.
For more than fifteen years Volcanoes Safaris has been at the forefront of mountain gorilla tourism. We are the only safari company to have signed the UN Kinshasa Declaration on Great Apes. This book is a tribute to this pioneering work.
All proceeds from the book will go towards towards the Virunga Lodge Community projects.
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.