Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura gorge is situated in the spectacular Queen Elizabeth national park in the southwestern part of Uganda, it’s also known by many as “The valley of Apes”.

Kyambura gorge may be a stunning underground forest about 1 kilometer wide, 32 kilometers long and 100 meters deep. Kyambura Gorge The name Kyambura springs from the gorge river called Kyambura that drains the forest, the word Kyambura is likened to mean “ I couldn’t find it” the river was named so because the locals believe that River Kyambura flooded just one occasion and overexcited both people and their property but once they came to seem for his or her belongings, friends, and family they couldn’t find anything. The gorge is home to some of the habituated chimpanzees in Uganda a species of great Apes that share 98% DNA with humans though they are endangered with less than 300,000 left within the wilderness of tropical Africa.

Chimpanzee tracking

Chimpanzee tracking is that the commonly done activity in Kyambura gorge, the tracking is often wiped out the morning or afternoon hours where you adventure the jungle in search of chimpanzees and once he chimpanzees are found you will spend one hour observing them in their natural habitat.

The chimpanzee population in Kyambura gorge is low so chances of seeing chimpanzees sometimes are often very rare. The cost of tracking chimpanzees at Cyambura gorge is $50 per person per trek and children under the age of 15 years and people with the infection cannot be allowed to trek chimpanzees. 16 permits are available for tracking chimpanzees at Cyambura gorge daily with eight available within the morning and eight available within the afternoon.

Wildlife Watching

Permits can be booked through Uganda wildlife authority, tour operator, or at Mweya visitor information center. During the peak season, permits should be booked in advance. Wildlife watching Apart from chimpanzee tracking, Cyambura gorge is also home to other wildlife and primate species like black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, giant forest hogs, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, bush babies, bushbucks and so much more.

Kyambura gorge is home to several bird species some of this are endemic to the forest, examples of bird found at Cyambura gorge include; Blue-headed bee-eater, African finfoot, bar-tailed Godwit, lesser flamingo, greater flamingo, martial eagle, Verreaux eagle owl, African skimmer, rare shoebill, black rumped button quail, white-tailed lark, white-winged warbler, African broadbill, Chapin’s flycatcher, black bee-eater, papyrus gonolek, corncrake, pink backed pelican and many others.

How to get there

Cyambura gorge is found 420 kilometers from Kampala the capital of Uganda this will take 6-7 hours drive by road. Tourists also can take standard chartered flights from Kajjansi airfield or Entebbe international airport to Mweya then drive to the gorge in an hour. Kyambura gorge possesses no hotels but tourists can sleep within the nearby hotels at queen Elizabeth like; Kyambura gorge lodge, Cyambura Gorge safari lodge, Katara lodge, Kingfisher camp, and Jacana lodge among the rest.

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