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Volcanoes Safaris is delighted to announce that Virunga Lodge has won the Conde Nast Traveler's 2022 Readers' Choice Awards in the Best Resorts in the Rest of Africa category! Kyambura Gorge Lodge was 2nd and Mount Gahinga Lodge 4th.
We are incredibly honored to receive these awards in the year of our 25th anniversary, celebrating our journey since 1997 as pioneers of gorilla and chimpanzee eco-tourism in Uganda and Rwanda.
We have had a clear vision during our 25-year journey: to develop lodges that are sensitive to local culture and aesthetics, connect to local communities and conservation of great ape species and seek to use resources responsibly.
Thank you to all our friends, guests, and partners who voted for us!
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.