Kyambura is a 100-meter-deep gorge comprising lush tropical vegetation in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kyambura Gorge is situated in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park one of the most visited national parks in Uganda. The gorge hosts several primates, mammals, and birds but it’s the chimpanzee that has made the area famous to the outside world. 

The Valley of Apes, Kyambura Gorge is the second-best place to trek the chimpanzees in Uganda after Kibale Forest National Park. The thick tropical rainforest gorge of Kyambura is not only home to chimpanzees but also mammals, primates, and birds. In this valley, there are over 332 bird species, primates especially monkeys, and a few mammals. 

While in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a visit to Kyambura Gorge will enable tourists to explore the different attractions found there. There are different tourism activities organized in this area of the park to enable travellers to encounter or have a chance to look at the attractions found within the valley. 

Things to do in Kyambura Gorge

Chimpanzee trekking

Kyambura Gorge inside Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second best place to trek chimpanzees after Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. Few chimpanzees have found a home within this deep valley and the Uganda Wildlife Authority is making sure that the population increases. One chimpanzee family has been habituated to trekking twice a day by 8 people in the morning and in the afternoon. 

Chimpanzee trekking within Kyambura Gorge starts with a briefing where trekkers learn the dos and don’ts of the activity. Armed ranger guides lead the trekkers deep in the jungle and it’s here they start searching for where the chimps could be. Chances of seeing the chimps in this gorge are not so high but the moment they are spotted, 1 hour is given to tourists to be around them and watch their behaviours as well as day-to-day activities.

Nature walks

Kyambura Gorge is one of the places where guided nature walks are carried out in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The gorge is home to different mammals, primates, birds, and vegetation which tourists can only get close to once they participate in nature walk activities. Nature walks are guided activities led by armed ranger guides who make sure that tourists are safe throughout the whole activity. 

Bird watching 

Over 600 bird species are living in Kyambura Gorge and it’s said around 332 species can be spotted in Kyambura Gorge. The gorge is one of the best birding spots within Queen Elizabeth and birders can visit the place any day to search for different birds found there. In this gorge, there are water birds and forest birds 

Birds to look out for in Kyambura gorge include the Great blue turaco, speckled mousebird, sooty chat, compact weaver, marital eagle, papyrus canary, scarlet chested sunbird, black rumped buttonquail, white-winged warbler, African broadbill, African skimmer, blue headed bee eater, Chapin’s flycatcher, lesser and greater flamingo to mention but a few. 

How to get to Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura Gorge is situated inside Queen Elizabeth National Park a place which can be accessed by road transport or air transport. Air transport is quick and costly while affordable road transport takes around 6 to 7 hours. By air, tourists fly from Entebbe International Airport to Mweya airstrip taking less than 2 hours.  

Tourists who use pad transport to get to Kyambura Gorge get an opportunity to have different stopovers along the way where they see and meet some of the attractions in Uganda for example the equator, rivers, and lakes. The route from Entebbe goes through Mpigi, Masaka, Lyantonde, Mbarara, Bushenyi, and Kasese to the park. 

Where to stay on your visit to Kyambura Gorge

Tourists who intend to visit Kyambura Gorge and are willing to stay for a night or more can stay in budget, mid-range, and luxury lodges depending on their travel budget. There are so many lodges around Kyambura Gorge with good services and among them include Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Pumba Safari Cottages, Engiri Game Lodge, Parkview Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Elephant Hab Lodge, and many others.