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Volcanoes Team in Great Gorilla Run!

A team from the Volcanoes Safaris London office have decided to participate in the 2012 Great Gorilla Run through the City of London and around the Thames to support gorilla conservation but we need your help!

The Great Gorilla Run is an annual event that takes place in the heart of the vibrant city of London in September. All monies raised by the event are sent towards helping the conservation efforts to protect and preserve the mountain gorillas. The run is held by the The Gorilla Organisation and they ask that each runner raise £400 to participate. Now, there are two runners from the Volcanoes Safaris Team, wittily called "Primates of the Caribbean" so we need to raise at least £800 for the gorillas before September 22nd!

Needless to say, that's where you come in! You can support John and Marta by following this link to the sponsorship form. Every penny counts towards this noble goal and will ensure that our 'friends' can have a good laugh at us running round the city in a gorilla pirate costume! We'd also love to hear your messages to the team so do leave comments below to encourage these nervous 'athletes'!

Gorillas are listed as a critically endangered species and are unable to survive in captivity, making the conservation of their habitats imperative to ensure their continued survival. Poaching and human-gorilla conflict has seen their numbers drop to painfully low levels, something we are acutely aware of in running great ape eco-tourism to both Uganda and Rwanda where the gorillas call the primeval forests home. We work hard to support the gorillas through our company work but this is an opportunity for us to personally contribute to the mission and is also a chance for you to play a part as well. Support the team by donating, joining us in the run or cheering us along on the day!

Wish us luck!

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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.