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Rwanda may have been getting much of the gorilla-trekking attention recently, but its neighbour Uganda has also been steadily growing in tourism – visitors to this south-east-Africa state have increased 32 per cent in the past two years. It’s home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, with whom humans share a surprising 98 per cent of our DNA. Safari enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that along with getting to know our animal brethren in the magically named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, in Uganda you can also spot the big five; and hike the third-highest summit in Africa in the Rwenzori Mountains, far from the crowds climbing Kilimanjaro. Volcanoes Safaris has a series of lodges in Uganda;
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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.