Kyambura gorge is a sunken hidden underground forest in the western rift valley; this game reserve was formed to serve as a buffer zone to Queen Elizabeth national park. Kyambura gorge not only offers breath taking views but its well known for its concentration of primate life.
Kyambura gorge stands out as an ideal place for chimpanzee trekking in western Uganda, the reserve is ever green most times of the year and the reserve covers and area of about 156 kilometers squared its also some times referred to as the valley of apes.
The broadest point of Kyambura gorge is about 100 meters deep drained by ricer Kyambura in which the name is derived from. This beautiful gem boasts with tropical rain forests that shut down the sun rays from above, the gorge is surrounded by Savannah grasslands from the top.
There are a lot of safari activities that tourists can enjoy while at Kyambura gorge and this can be seen below:
Chimpanzee trekking is the main activity at Kyambura gorge, the habituated chimpanzees can be seen by visitors Chimpanzee tracking permits can be got from Mweya visitor information center. Visitors will have great photo opportunities and have one hour of observation after finding this great apes in their natural habitat.
Apart from chimpanzees, tourists can encounter some animals at the gorge as it’s a water source for many animals especially during the dry season tourists can spot animals such as forest hogs, hyenas, water bucks not forgetting other primates like the black colobus monkey, white colobus monkey, baboons, vervet monkey and red tailed monkey among others.
Kyambura gorge is home to various species of birds including African fin foot, blue headed bee eater, bar tailed Godwit, African skimmer, lesser and greater flamingoes, papyrus gonolek, verreaux eagle owl, chapins fly catcher, white winged warbler, papyrus canary, African broad bill, black backed pelican, black rumped buttonquail, martial eagle, concrake and white tailed lark to mention a few.
Guided nature walks
Tourists can explore the stunning flora and fauna with well trained tour guides who know the forest, they will see a lot of plant species, animals, butterfly species and much more not forgetting scenic views.
Tourists travelling to Kyambura gorge should not miss to visit the renowned Queen Elizabeth national game park for a thrilling wildlife experience like watching the famous tree climbing lions not found else where in Uganda.
A par from chimpanzee tracking and wildlife watching the best thing to encounter in Uganda is going for gorilla trekking in mount Mgahinga national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Tourists visiting the great Kyambura gorge can sleep in most hotels at queen Elizabeth national park, some of the accommodation units you can stay in include; Kyambura gorge safari lodge, Jacana safari lodge, Katara lodge, kingfisher camp,
Kyambura gorge can easily be accessed from lake George in about 16 kilometers and its approximately 30 kilometers from Queen Elizabeth national park headquarters. Kyambura gorge is about 6 hours drive from Kampala 420 kilometers via Mbarara and 410 kilometers via fort portal, it can also be accessed within an hour from Entebbe airport to Mweya airstrip.