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Project Coordinators Present the 2023 Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust Annual Report

Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) Project Coordinators are excited to present the 2023 annual report. Read the full report below to learn how over 7,000 beneficiaries have been supported through our conservation and community projects.

Report Highlights

2023 has been a successful year for VSPT. The projects continue to enrich the livelihoods of local communities, promote conservation and reduce human-wildlife conflict.

As VSPT prepares to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2024, we have hosted a series of events, created new community projects and strengthened partnerships. Our partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda has jointly implemented the Roots and Shoots Program in eight schools near Kyambura Gorge Lodge. The project will increase environmental education for school children and promote conservation practices.

The Kyambura Lion Monitoring Project in the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area was launched in August. VSPT was honoured to sponsor and participate in the Uganda Wildlife Authority Large Carnivore Action Plan workshop in Kampala in May.

In Mount Gahinga, five new houses were constructed for the Gahinga Batwa Village on 2.5 acres of land. Sustainable electricity is being provided with solar panels.

In January, a panel discussion on ‘The Future of Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the Albertine Rift’ was held in London. The event followed an informal retreat on The Albertine Rift Ecosystems and Great Apes: Conservation Challenges 2022 to 2050 at Mount Gahinga Lodge in November 2022.

Volcanoes Safaris' CEO and founder, Praveen Moman discusses ‘The Future of Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the Albertine Rift’ at the Royal Over-Seas League in London.

In 2024 Volcanoes Safaris will be opening its 5th lodge, Kibale Lodge in Uganda. New VSPT projects will be established to connect the lodge to the neighbouring communities and conservation activities.

We are grateful for your continued engagement and participation. We thank the dedicated staff, partners, lodge guests and supporters who have made the work possible.


Read the full report here.


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Safari Activities

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.