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Last week, Praveen and I joined the people of Kinoni, the main village near Virunga Lodge in Rwanda to commemorate 20 years since the Genocide in 1994.
Praveen was asked to address the four hundred or so people there. He reminded people that it was important to remember the genocide and learn from it and to come together and work for the benefit of everyone in their area and in the country as whole.
To commemorate the genocide Volcanoes Safaris announced that the company would support a widow who survived the Genocide by buying her a piece of land for farming and giving her two goats.
The Executive Secretary of Kinoni thanked Praveen and Volcanoes Safaris for supporting local communities in Kinoni Sector with different projects, over the last ten years such as:
The Executive Secretary and Praveen promised the communities more support in future to further develop their families' interests and wellbeing.
Virunga Lodge Manager
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.