Queen Elizabeth N.P
Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the extensive savannah plains on the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains and the Kyambura Gorge ravine, Kyambura Gorge Lodge is ideal for tracking the lost chimpanzee troops in the gorge’s forest reserve. Stay here if you intend to catch sight of the park’s amazing northern game in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied parks, centered around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel, where animals come to bathe.
The lodge is styled with a contemporary European theme accentuated with local artifacts to give guests an African cultural feel. Each banda offers a unique view across the savannah plains or into the wide gorge. It features eight bandas, a swimming pool, a spa, and a spacious common area.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge is located in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and guests can reach it from Entebbe with a 1-hour flight plus a 2-hour drive from Kasese Airport. From Bwindi, Kihihi Airtrips, guests take a 15-minute flight or a 5-hour drive through the park.
Accommodation at Kyambura
Kyambura Gorge Lodge has 8 unique luxury bandas, of which 4 deluxe bandas with iron-sheet or thatch roofs, all
with a private balcony offering spectacular views of the park. It has one cottage reserved for guides and drivers.
All rooms are complete with en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilets, double vanity, and shower with hot & cold running water. For exclusive stay, all guests have complimentary personal butler service.
For afternoon sunny leisurely times after the game drives, there’s an inviting saltwater swimming pool with expansive views of the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth NP.
Tranquil massage room available to every guest at the newly renovated lodge spa and each guest gets one complimentary 30-minute massage per stay. Extra massages are available at an extra cost.
Full board accommodation includes all soft drinks and house alcoholic beverages (excludes premium drinks). Guests get complimentary laundry service. Power sockets/charging facilities and hairdryers available in the rooms. There is no air
conditioning at the lodge in the rooms. Guests can access Wi-Fi and internet only in the main lodge only. Note that connection can be slow sometimes but generally good.
Restaurant & Bar
Drinks at the Bar
Kasenyi Plains offers the most outstanding wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and arguably in Uganda. This part of the park contains Kazinga Channel, Lake Albert, and the antelope breeding grounds, making it an excellent choice for the park’s big cats and a Wildlife Photographer’s heaven. You would need at least two nights in the park to fully exhaust the African bush wilderness experience in the Kasenyi Plains.
Boat trips on the Kazinga channel, not far from the lodge, are available on either a scheduled boat launch or private boat safari lazily floating on the channel’s shores, where you can watch a good spectacle of waterhole drama. On strategic shore locations on the channel are a great choice of exclusive safari lodges and camps.
Take a nature walk on the 45-acre wetland south of the Volcanoes Safaris Kyambura Gorge Lodge. The wetland, which previously had been used as an illegal brickworks, is now regenerating rapidly back to its natural state. The rejuvenated wetlands now attract over 200 species of birds, different mammals, and primates, and the sight is used to train members of the community in birding and guiding. Community outreach and guide training take place throughout the year with the objective of establishing a pool of qualified local guides who can lead tours of the wetland. Guests can participate in a 2-hour guided walk in the wetland.
Chimp trekking available in the low-key Kyambura Gorge forest reserve. Although chimpanzee sighting may not be highly probable, the gorge reserve offers a relaxing nature walk. Other animals you’ll quickly see in the riverine forest include red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, baboons, and vervet monkeys are seen.
The park is also known for its variety of avian species, including various falcons, the blue-headed bee-eater, the African finfoot, and 597 bird species recorded. However, Chimpanzee Tracking is what draws visitors to the gorge.
Mweya peninsula area is the most common choice for accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Still, camps and lodges can get very busy in high season, making room reservations expensive and scarce.
The main highway on the edge of the park separates the communities of people who live along the boundaries. The road connects the park to the capital city in the east and Kibale National park in the north and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla trekking. Along this highway is where you most probably will find decent safari lodges and camps.