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Rwanda is well known for its gorilla tracking and golden monkey activities, however this country is also a haven for a diversity of birds. The “Land of a Thousand Hills” is home to over 700 different bird species, with the majority endemic to the Albertine Rift Region.
The lodge’s very own Balam Oworinawe, who has been an avid birder and guide with Volcanoes for 4 years, will escort guests around the custom-built trail. Balam has had a passion for birds since training with the Uganda Bird Watching Association in Bwindi. Originally from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest region in Uganda, Balam taught himself to identify birds from a young age, drawn to the vibrant colours and calls of the many different bird species in his home area.
Today, Balam is extremely knowledgeable of the birds in the Albertine region, and has identified a staggering 50 different bird species around the lodge grounds alone!
The trail takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many bird species you manage to identify.
To name but a few, guests can expect to see:
Of course other bird species can only be seen seasonsally, such as:
Visit Virunga Lodge - Don't miss the opportunity to see some Rwanda’s most colourful and exciting bird species.
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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.