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Breakfast at the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is not as ordinary as it it is in most lodges. On a recent visit to the lodge, Richard, one of our sales staff from our Kampala office, realised he had some rather extraordinary company in the trees nearby. It's not everyday you're visited by a chimp while you're tucking into your eggs!
Richard's lucky encounter occured over breakfast on the beautiful terrace which overlooks the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. As he was eating his breakfast, he was amazed to look up and see a chimp sitting in the branches of the Impenetrable Forest only metres away. Luckily, he’s a seasoned traveller so was prepared, knowing how fleeting and unexpected moments of magic like this can be. He whipped out his camera and snapped a couple of shots of the elusive primate.
Chimps are very rare to see, especially in Bwindi as the community there have not been habituated for tracking so are completely wild and unpredictable. This very lucky encounter follows a visit earlier in the year from the Rushegura gorilla group who were captured on film by a couple eating their lunch. Meal times in Bwindi Lodge are certainly a must!
With its unparalleled location overlooking the forest, Bwindi Lodge is a truly magical place, with a genuine atmosphere of the remote, dense jungle which gives it it's name. This latest visit from the rare primates of the forest demonstrates the spectacular experiences that can be had there, and how lucky our guests can be at even the most unexpected of moments. And how you should always carry a camera with you!
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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.