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The world needs trees more than ever. Here’s how to plant some on your travels.


The Washington Post, “The world needs trees more than ever. Here’s how to plant some on your travels.”, Sunny Fitzgerald , December 2019


We’ve heard a lot about trees lately: The devastating deforestation around the world, caused by wildfires and unchecked development. The health benefits of “bathing” under the forest canopy, shinrin-yoku-style. The recent study that suggested we can fight climate change by planting a trillion trees — and the viral response it received, including volunteers in India and Ethiopiaputting millions of saplings into the soil in a day.I’ll go out on a limb and say it: Trees are trending.

Volcanoes Safaris maintains a buffer zone along the Kyambura Gorge in Uganda — one of the most significant areas in Africa for avian, primate and wildlife biodiversity — to protect the ecosystem from encroaching development. Since the project launched in February, local volunteers and Volcanoes Safaris staff and guests have planted more than 3,000 indigenous trees. Visitors can take guided walking tours through this precious ecosystem and spot chimpanzees and other endemic wildlife.

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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.