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In their most recent article, AFAR has recognised the work of Volcanoes Safaris (a 2022 AFAR Travel Vanguard honoree) for not only for protecting endangered mountain gorillas in East Africa but also for supporting the surrounding communities. Our new seven-day “Chimpanzee Tracking Safari” in southwestern Uganda aims to spot chimps, of course, but elephants, lions, and leopards too. Guests can also meet members of the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative, harvest honey with a beekeeping group, and go birding in a wetland sanctuary.
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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.