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Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust Appeal for Our Conservation and Community Projects

This holiday season we are reaching out to request your assistance for vital community and conservation projects that Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports near our lodges in Uganda and Rwanda.

In partnership with Empowers Africa, contributions from US residents are tax-deductible.

Support Needed

Bwindi Bar provides practical hospitality training for local disadvantaged youths living near Bwindi National Park. 

$2,500 you can sponsor 4 trainees for a 3-month hospitality training program.

In 1991 the Batwa, an indigenous community, were removed from the Mgahinga area to create a national park for gorillas. In 2018 VSPT built a permanent village for 18 Batwa families, together with a community centre and land for agricultural and recreational use.

$5,000 will support education for adults and children for one year.

$25,000 will provide medical support for the village for one year.

$100,000 can purchase land to expand the village with 20 new homes.


 In 2024, we plan to build a vocational centre near Virunga Lodge which will provide practical training and apprenticeships in carpentry and tailoring to young people living nearby.

$90,000 will cover the design and construction and all operational set-up costs of the centre for one year. We will match fund 50% of the cost.

 The Lion Monitoring Project at Kyambura Gorge Lodge collects data for African lion, leopard and spotted hyena using a network of vehicles and remote camera traps.

The project is aiming to create a conservation program which supports the protection of Uganda’s carnivore populations, train young people in science-based wildlife monitoring, and improves the livelihoods of local communities.

$3,000 will support two local field staff to join the team for one year.

$10,000 will provide 100 camera traps for the annual survey.

$50,000 will support all operational costs of this project.

We need your support for the vital community projects around our lodges and to support conservation of gorillas and chimpanzees. Please give generously!

Best wishes for the holiday season.

Praveen Moman
Chair, VSPT



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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.