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Francis Kiwanuka

Head Guide, Uganda

Francis grew up in Masaka, a town that sits to the west of Kampala and he has been a guide for over 20 years. He has experienced some amazing things whilst working as a guide; you should really ask him to tell you a few stories from his safaris! Like all of Volcanoes Safaris’ guides, Francis speaks a number of languages including English, Swahili, Kinyarwanda and Luganda.

Francis’ favourite place to take Volcanoes guests is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. He has often seen the gorillas hanging around Bwindi Lodge and eating the lush vegetation that surround the bandas. Francis not only loves gorillas but he also has a great respect for the elusive leopards that he tries to spot when in QE National Park and Murchison Falls.

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To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 years are allowed to go gorilla tracking. For guests booking a stay at Virunga Lodge, please note that the minimum age limit for children at Virunga Lodge is 12 years.

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.