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Eco-tourism operator Volcanoes Safaris is the first company to set up gorilla camps in both Rwanda and Uganda. Volcanoes have four lodges on offer through a package put together by Scott Dunn, taking in the two African nations where a vast array of wildlife is on show, including endangered mountain gorillas. Guests can enjoy waterfall walks, tea plantation tours, rejuvenating spa treatments, boat crusies and lion safaris 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.