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Join Volcanoes Safaris African ecoluxe safari this summer. Bwindi Lodge in Uganda is set on the boundaries of the Impenetrable Forest, steps away from Buhoma village, with eight luxury lodges. It’s the perfect place from which to visit Uganda’s mountain gorillas. Meanwhile, Kyambura Lodge, set in a renovated coffee store, offers the expansive Queen Elizabeth National Park. Home to a ‘lost’ family of chimps, visitors can enjoy intimate visits them as well as enjoying game drives in the national park and boat cruises along the Kazinga Channel.
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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.