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Volcanoes Safaris is delighted to announce that it has been selected as winner of the 2012 Travel and Leisure Global Vision Award for sustainability, a prestigious award that recognises ‘visionaries’ for their efforts in ‘changing the world for the better’.
Introduced in 2005, the Awards recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that are working to preserve the world's natural and man-made treasures.
Jurors for this year’s awards included: award-winning industrial designer Yves Béhar; Bonnie Burnham, President of the World Monuments Fund; conservationist and philanthropist Gregory Carr; David Gensler, Executive Director of global design firm Gensler; Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts; Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International; Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz; Anya Schiffrin, Director of Columbia University’s media and advocacy program; and John Wood, Founder of Room to Read.
Volcanoes Safaris is a unique great ape ecotourism business specializing in eco luxury safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. No other company in the world has invested so heavily in the area around the mountain gorilla parks in these two countries.
Volcanoes Safaris offers an unrivalled, integrated set of services including: safaris and its own eco luxury lodges. Volcanoes Safaris balances the needs of the local communities very carefully with the needs of its guests.
Volcanoes Safaris is dedicated to maintaining its ethos of sustainability and established the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), its non-profit arm that undertakes specific community and conservation activities in and around Volcanoes Safaris Lodges. The VSPT seeks to support specific activities that enhance the livelihood of local communities which in turn support the survival of the great apes.
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.