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Africa is, to put it simply, massive. It is home to 54 countries, more than a billion people, and, at more than 11 million square miles, it makes up a fifth of the land on earth. And it is ever-changing. Tourism across the continent has been up in recent years, Ebola is waning in West Africa, and some former hot spots are enjoying a period of stability. How do you get to know a continent that seems made for superlatives? By very doggedly covering it. We’ve asked six current and former New York Times international news correspondents, with a combined 25 years reporting in Africa among them, to tell us what to do to in the regions they’ve covered. Their answers are just as diverse as the continent itself.
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.