Volcanoes Safaris is thrilled to announce the launch of the Kyambura Gorge Ecotourism Project. Since 2019, the project has undertaken a series of activities to safeguard the Kyambura Gorge ecosystem. The strategic assembling of four adjoining sites next to the Gorge over the last ten years seeks to ensure that the gorge is safeguarded for the long term.
Today, Volcanoes Safaris and Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust are the single largest stakeholders in the Gorge ecosystem after the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. Without the intervention of VS and VSPT, the survival of the Gorge and chimps would be under severe threat. The goal of the integrated ecotourism partnership project is to safeguard this extremely fragile ecosystem through the protection of the land around the Gorge and connecting the Kyambura Gorge Lodge with targeted conservation and community activities. This will ensure that one of the most important areas for avian, primate and wildlife biodiversity in Africa is preserved.
Speaking at the launch of the Kyambura Gorge Project, Praveen Moman, Founder of Volcanoes Safaris said, “The Albertine Rift stretches from Murchison Falls to the Virunga volcanoes. It is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. It is also one of the most densely populated areas of Africa. The challenges of safeguarding habitats for wildlife, preserving wilderness, creating world-class tourism products, maximizing revenue from tourism, ensuring communities have a substantial stake, remain enormous. VS and VSPT have been working on the Kyambura Gorge Ecotourism project for 10 years. The strategic assembling of the four sites that were under severe threat aims to protect the Kyambura gorge ecosystem in perpetuity. We are also enhancing and expanding our community and conservation activities. We have introduced a series of walks around the Lodge, in the buffer and in the wetland so that guests can experience this magnificent area. Guests will be asked to plant a tree in the buffer zone to appreciate its significance and to encourage them to support the expansion of the buffer; we will also continue our efforts at creating a community conservancy area, and to see how we can link the lost chimps of Kyambura with chimps in another forest. We are proud to make this significant contribution to the future of the Kyambura Gorge system.”