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"We have some great news. The number of mountain gorillas has quadrupled in the last decade, thanks largely to conservation efforts of Volcanoes Safaris - the oldest and largest Gorilla trekking operation in the region. At the Mount Gahinga Lodge – located in southwestern Uganda – a 4-day, 3-night package begins as low as $467 per person, per night and includes accommodations, massages, a volcano hike to see the golden monkeys, a chance to meet the Batwa people (a local pygmy tribe that the lodge helps support through volunteer initiatives) and, of course, a gorilla trekking permit to see the famed mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Mgahinga National Park. Spend a few days more and trek a bit further north to the Kyambura Gorge Lodge for hot air ballooning in Queen Elizabeth National Park."
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.