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The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust celebrated World Peace Day on the 21st of September with the Kyambura Community. World Peace Day was established in 1981 to celebrate a world without war and violence. The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening ideals of peace between people and among nations and the day is now celebrated worldwide annually.
The VSPT celebrated with festivities including two girl’s football matches. The whole community came to support the teams; VSPT teams even won both the girl’s football matches against the local school teams! Some of the girls that participated were new interns from the training café, which probably helped!
The Omumashaka Drama Group also gave a wonderful performance to the whole community about the importance of preserving flora and fauna in the area and the responsibility of each community member in protecting the environment and trees for future generations to come.
Finally, the VSPT head landscaper gave a demonstration on planting and watering the trees while giving lessons on the environmentally valuable properties of each tree variety. The community were engaged and participated well in this exercise. The VSPT chose indigenous trees from the VSPT land near the Kyambura Gorge Lodge that they would donate.
At the end of the day and to mark the ceremony, over 300 trees were donated to everyone that attended the event.
Well done everyone that attended and participated in celebrating this day!
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.