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Forbes, Mary Ann Anderson, October 2019
Permits are required for gorilla trekking, and the cost is $600 per person in Uganda ($700 after July 2020), $1,500 in Rwanda, and for the DRC it’s $400. Permits must be purchased in advance through the country’s tourist office or a reputable tour outfitter such as Volcanoes Safaris .
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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.