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National Geographic, the most famous nature and travel organisation in the world, is celebrating its 125th birthday this year and the celebrations included a journey to the gorillas in Rwanda!
Part of the series of celebrations that NG has put together to commemorate the milestone was a trip for a large group to Rwanda to track the rare and endangered mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. Volcanoes was honoured to to host the guests at our Virunga Lodge in Rwanda and provide them with the local driver-guides that made their experience all the more authentic during their stay in March.
During their time in Rwanda, the group was able to track the mountain gorillas and enjoy performances from our local intore dance troupe, who perform every evening at the lodge for our guests. They were also able to visit Mwiko Primary School to experience first-hand the level of education and dedication from teachers in Rwanda.
To explore more of the history behind National Geographic's recent explorations, check out thir 125 Years-Special page for a highlighted selection of their favourite posts and research or their jet expeditions pages to see details of this amazing journey.
For more information about booking large private groups with us, contact a member of our sales team in Kampala or Kigali.
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.