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We laced our boots, loaded our rucksacks, and ran in support of Africa’s Wildlife Rangers!
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge is the world’s largest celebration of solidarity, support and fundraising for Wildlife Rangers. Across the continent, rangers from 24 African nations and supporters from a further 90 countries joined in to raise awareness and secure vital funding with Africa’s rangers.
Volcanoes Safaris staff from our lodges and offices included Gerald Kasirye, Esme Stewart, Hillary Byamugisha, Francis Kiwanuka, Saidi Kakuru and Allan Muzungyo who teamed up to complete the challenge of running 21km whilst carrying 22kg!
Congratulations to the Kidepo Valley National Park Rangers who strode to victory! Thank you to the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Conservation Fund as organizers of the event.
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.