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Connecting Volcanoes Lodges to Communities and Great Ape Conservation

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Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Virunga Lodge Community Projects focus on improving the livelihoods of local people living in the communities neighbouring Virunga Lodge. Guests staying at Virunga Lodge can join in and experience life in the local communities, by participating in our village and birding walks, the “one sheep per family” project, the water tank project and the Virunga solar power project. Virunga Lodge supports the local Intore Dance troupe who perform the traditional Rwandan ballet ‘The Intore’ for guests at the lodge.

In 2022 Volcanoes Safaris have partnered with Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund as platinum members of the Founders Circle for the new Ellen DeGeneres Campus in Rwanda, with support of $100,000 in cash and kind provided over five years.

Interior of The Dian Fossey Map Room at Volcanoes Safaris Virunga Lodge in Rwanda

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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.
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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.