Aptly referred to as ‘Valley of the Apes’, Kyambura Gorge lies in the far eastern corner of Uganda’s most visited national park. It’s drained by the River Kyambura, and boasts one of the most impressive landscapes in Uganda. Its verdant tropical rainforest contrasts with the savannah above, and the area is teeming with diverse wildlife including, of course, the country’s famous primates.
Amongst these are the renowned chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons as well as red tailed monkeys, to name a few. Some of the chimps have been habituated, meaning that they are familiar with humans and happy to continue with their daily activities in their presence. Kyambura is the only area within the Queen Elizabeth National Park where one can see the habituated chimps, so the offering is indeed unique.
The area is also renowned for its six hundred bird species – the highest to be found in any African park. Think Martial Eagle, Pink-backed Pelican, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and many, many more.
It’s best to explore the impressive flora and fauna of the gorge on foot, with a well-trained guide. The service providers in the area are highly knowledgeable, and will no doubt enhance your discovery of the depths of the gorge. There are a range of different well-maintained nature trails in the area, so guests can arrange their experience according to their own fitness levels. Between the breathtaking beauty of the forest and the intimate encounter with the the local wildlife, the gorge experience is an unforgettbale one.