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The VSPT Kyambura Gorge Ecotourism Partnership has worked to safeguard the threatened chimpanzee community and give local communities a stake in conservation and tourism over the last 10 years. The Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project has undertaken a series of activities since 2009 to safeguard the Kyambura Gorge and the elusive group of 30 chimpanzees who live in the magical sunken rainforest.
Click here to read more about the lost chimps of the Kyambura Gorge in an article by Swara Magazine.
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.