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The team from Volcanoes Safaris had the privilege of being shown around the newly opened Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Kinigi, Rwanda by Tara Stoinski CEO of DFGFI. A proud day for Rwanda’s long standing contribution to the conservation of mountain gorillas, for the legacy of Dian Fossey and the amazing research work that DFGFI continue to do. We wish the campus great success and will be announcing a new partnership with DFGFI shortly. The visit also marked the twentieth anniversary of Volcanoes Safaris organising the visit of the DFGFI Board to Volcanoes National Park in 2002 to mark the centenary of the official sighting of a mountain gorilla in 1902 by von Beringe. Tara with Praveen Moman Founder Volcanoes Safaris, Kevin James COO, Cyprien Serugero, Construction Manager.
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.