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How Hollywood Safaris: Elton John, Emmy Rossum, More Stars Reveal Favorite African Locales

Volcanoes Safaris Environmentally Friendly Homes

Hollywood Reporter, Kathryn Romeyn, August 2019

Volcanoes Safaris Environmentally Friendly Homes



Rossum and Esmail resided in a stone banda cottage with fireplace at Virunga Lodge . "It's amazing to sit with the animals and watch them play, and have the teenagers come up and look at you," says Rossum of meeting mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. "They are just the most incredible beings. And with the animal noises, the way you can have a very simple exchange of information verbally with the gorilla is just completely mind-blowing and beautiful. I was in awe, humbled by their size and power."

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Safari Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking

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.