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Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge is part of an eco-tourism project on a former coffee plantation at the edge of Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge has awesome views over Kyambura Gorge onto the lush park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop.

Many of the coffee plantation structures have been renovated to serve as lodge buildings. Care was taken to preserve the essential character of the original buildings as well as to be sensitive to the extraordinary surroundings.

Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge has four very spacious en-suite bandas that are nestled into the hillside so that each has a unique perspective on the surrounding landscape. Each banda is uniquely decorated. The lodge runs on solar power, and the bathrooms use low-flushing eco-toilets. Not only that, but the bandas were built using environmentally friendly local materials such as thatch, clay, and volcanic rock.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to more than 100 mammal species, and, incredibly, more than 600 bird species have been recorded here. This must surely rank as one the premier birding destinations in Africa, if not the world. An astoundingly rich safari destination, visitors will find elephant, hippo, giant forest hog, Ugandan Kob, leopard, and many more. The Ishasha sector has tree-climbing lions; the Kyambura Gorge has habituated chimps; the Maramagambo Forest is home to a large variety of forest monkeys and birds; and flocks of the flamingo populate the crater lakes.

The lodge’s main activity is chimpanzee tracking, which can take between three and four hours on average. There are around twenty habituated chimps in the area, and you will hike to see them in either Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest. As the chimps are extremely mobile, tracking them is not always easy, and to be sure of seeing them, guests may have to go out more than once. However, because of the abundance of game and birds here, no walk (or drive) is a waste.

Guests also enjoy taking a boat out into the Kazinga Channel and taking guided walks through the wetlands.

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