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The Albertine Apes: 2022 Conservation Retreat at Mount Gahinga Lodge

As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, Volcanoes Safaris hosted a retreat at Mount Gahinga Lodge to bring together conservation and ecotourism stakeholders in the Albertine Rift.

Participants discussed new collaborative approaches for conservation and the collective actions needed to safeguard the future of the great apes and protected areas for the next 25 years.

The Albertine Apes group was formed at the retreat as an informal long-term advocacy network for great ape conservation in the region.

We are grateful to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Conservation Through Public Health, Jane Goodall Institute Uganda, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Gorilla Doctors and all other participants at the retreat.

Read more here.


Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust Launch Lion Monitoring Project

Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust is pleased to announce the launch of a Lion Monitoring Project based at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, in Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area in Uganda.

This new project aims to establish a long-term conservation program that supports the protection of Uganda’s carnivores. Young Ugandan conservation students are being trained in scientific monitoring techniques.

Our partnership with Empowers Africa allows contributions from US residents to be tax-deductible. Click here to support this vital conservation project.

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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.