Kyambura Gorge Lodge is an eclectic contemporary safari lodge that has been converted from an old coffee store to create a breathtakingly beautiful space. The lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savanna, the distant mountains of the moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge.
The lodge is the ideal location for tracking the lost chimps in the nearby sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge as well as seeing the amazing game in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied Parks, centred around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel where animals come to bathe. The Park has 600 amazing bird species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is considered to be one of Uganda’s most varied and most beautiful protected areas. Queen, as she is affectionately known, is home to 2 of Africa’s big cats, the majestic lion and the elusive leopard. Kyambura Gorge Lodge guests can explore the plains of Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda on a variety of game drives, usually at dawn and dusk. It is when daylight hours are coolest that wildlife is most active.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2-3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness. Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.
The Kazinga Channel is a 32 km long channel, rich in wildlife, that links Lakes Edward and George. Boat trips down the channel depart from Mweya Safari Lodge (about an hour’s drive through the Park from Kyambura Gorge Lodge) and last 3-4 hours. The boat cruise provides a wonderful opportunity to photograph the many animals that come to cool off at the waters’ edge, including lion, buffalo, hippo, elephant, and leopard.
The 8 stylish bandas also have a contemporary theme with the accent on local artefacts re-imagined in a new context. Each banda offers a unique view either across the savanna or the gorge from its private balcony.
The main guest areas include an inviting salt water swimming pool, and a tranquil massage room.
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All meals; all soft drinks and house alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brands); a laundry service; and a personal butler service is included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 15 years of age are not permitted to trek the chimps.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have a private balcony, mosquito nets, and an en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, double vanity unit, and a shower with hot/cold running water. A personal butler services is offered for all guests.
Power sockets/charging facilities and hair dryers are available in the rooms. There is no air-conditioning.
Wi-Fi and internet access is available in the main lodge only (please note that the connection can be slow).
A laundry service is available (complimentary).
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
The main lodge area includes a dining room and a pool.
There is 24 hour security.
As well as game drives, chimpanzee trekking and Kazinga Channel boat cruises, other activities on offer include a community coffee tour, a trip to the nearby the Rwenzori Sculpture Foundry and Gallery, and a wetland tour.
Community Coffee Tour - see the transformation of coffee beans into delicious Ugandan coffee - all done by hand, by local community members - and even get to sample the finished product for yourself. At the end of the tour guests are given the opportunity to purchase some of the cooperative’s coffee, which makes a great souvenir and supports the local community.
Rwenzori Sculpture Foundry and Gallery - set up by Damien Hirst, the Rwenzori Sculpture Foundry and Gallery are a short drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Sculptures by rising Ugandan artists sit alongside works by leading European sculptors, the result of collaborations and artist residencies. All works are inspired by the people, culture, wildlife and landscape of Uganda, and make the perfect memento to mark an unforgettable journey.