Kyambura Game Reserve which includes the Kyambura Gorge adjoins the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. It is home to a variety of wildlife.
Kyambura is the only place in Queen Elizabeth Protected Areas where habituated Chimpanzees are seen. Other types of primates include a Red-Tailed Monkey, Black-and-White Colobus, Baboons, and Vervet Monkeys. A variety of avian species include various Falcons, the Blue-Headed Bee-Eater, and the African Finfoot can be found. The chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge were isolated after the forests connecting it to larger areas like Kalinzu and Maramagambo were cleared and separated.
The area is an important water source for many animals. The gorge is surrounded by savanna but is generally noted for its high concentration of primate life located in the gorge.
Kyambura is located on the north-eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kyambura Gorge spans a distance of 11km/6.8miles and links to the Kazinga Channel, which forms the northern boundary of the reserve. Village and plantations lie to the south.
The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment: it teaches visitors about the ecosystems and atmospheric “underground” rainforest, including vegetation types, bird identification and behavior, chimp and monkey ecology.
When to visit:
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge has two sessions (Morning and afternoon). The first sessions start early in the morning with a briefing at the visitors Center close to the Gorge. To track chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, one needs to first acquire permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The permits are got from the park offices in Mweya.