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Kyambura Gorge Lodge Queen Elizabeth


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Kyambura Gorge Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?

Kyambura Gorge Lodge is distinguished as one of Africa’s best resorts by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. This high-end accommodation in Uganda is located on the fringes of Queen Elizabeth National Park near Kyambura Gorge, and is perfect for discerning travelers seeking a wholesome safari experience that includes big cats, herbivores, birds and primates. The lodge was once an old coffee housestead, which has since been converted into a luxurious safari vacation accommodation in this part of western Uganda. Its beautiful lounge is adorned with handmade artifacts that remind guests of the spirit of Africa. The heart-shaped saltwater pool is lined with rocks and invites guests to take a dip, or simply lay back in one of the daybeds or hammocks for a lazy siesta. In between game drive safari excursions in Queen Elizabeth Park, you could stop by the spa for an expert massage.

Key Takeaways

  • Winner of the Readers’ Choice Awards by Condé Nast Traveler
  • Originally an old coffee houstead now converted into a high-end vacation lodge
  • Heart-shaped saltwater pool lined with rocks, also has loungers and hammocks for relaxing
  • Spa for getting expert massages when taking a break from excursions
  • Lounge with a lovely decor featuring handmade artifacts
Kyambura Gorge Lodge Queen Elizabeth Park View

What To Expect At Kyambura Gorge Lodge Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Luxury Safari Tier 1 Experience. Total of 8 bandas including 4 deluxe bands offering beautiful savannah plains views of the park or gorge
  • Choice of twin single beds or double bed covered with mosquito netting
  • Bandas constructed with thatched roofs and adorned with natural rock detailing
  • Ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, twin vanities, slippers, and bathrobes
  • Private butler assigned to each room to take care of guests
Kyambura Gorge Lodge has a collection of 8 bandas for tour guests including 4 deluxe bandas, each uniquely named after the gorge’s resident chimpanzees. The rooms are designed with unique decor and offer views of the distant Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day, beautiful savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth, or the lush greenery of the namesake gorge. The bandas have twin single beds or a double bed with mosquito netting, and one is specifically furnished for families on safari visiting with kids.

Constructed with rock detailing and thatched roofs, the rooms have a wooden floor with natural rugs and include a living area, fan, electronic safe, eco-friendly mosquito repellant, and an expansive deck furnished with hanging pods or swings to enjoy the spectacular vistas of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Traditional fabric designs and the cowhide decor soothes up the rustic ambiance with their calm colors. Ensuite bathrooms include indoor and outdoor showers, twin vanities, bathrobes, and slippers. You will also have a private butler to look after your needs.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge Accommodation Queen Elizabeth

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Kyambura Gorge Lodge On Queen Elizabeth Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Touring the Omwani coffee farms to understand coffee processing techniques
  • Primate tracking trips to see the fascinating chimpanzees and other species that thrive here
  • Game drives to view the over 95 species of mammals and 600 varieties of avian life
  • Exciting cruises on the Kazinga Channel to watch wildlife drinking on the river’s edge
  • Tripping out to the Ishasha sector to watch the unusual spectacle of tree-climbing lions
Kyambura Gorge Lodge is located near the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative, and guests are invited to take an educational trip to the local village, where they transform coffee beans into a fragrant brew. Since the lodge is located so close to the gorge and Kalinzu Forest, it’s easily accessible for chimpanzee-viewing excursions to see the fascinating primates of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The reserve is famous for close to 95 species of mammals and more than 600 varieties of birds. You can view some of them on your game drives safari and nature walks.

Should you go on a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, you’ll have the opportunity to spot hippos among the papyrus reeds, elephants drinking on its bank, crocodiles basking on the sands, and aquatic birds fishing in the channel. While in Queen Elizabeth Park (best time to go), you must take the time to visit the Ishasha sector. This area is well known for a fascinating sight: tree-climbing lions that are often spotted perched on the branches of fig trees. Visiting the salt pans and crater lakes outside the park or a multi-day hiking trip extension to the Rwenzori Mountains are other memorable adventure holiday activities to do here whilst on your safari in Uganda with AfricanMecca.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge Safari Queen Elizabeth Tour

How Is The Dining At Kyambura Gorge Lodge?

Key Takeaways

  • Dining area located within the lounge area
  • Indoor and outdoor dining options, the staff organizes meals on the deck on request
  • Dinners served in the gardens lighted with lanterns for a romantic ambiance
  • House alcoholic drinks, sodas, and soft drinks included in the room fare, premium drinks charged
  • Exciting selection of cuisines, caters to individual tastes
The accommodation offers fresh, delicious meals served in the dining area, which sits within the lounge. Staff may also set up alfresco meals on the deck, allowing safari guests to revel in the panoramas as they eat. Dinner can be a memorable affair at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, served out in the garden under the African stars, with lanterns and hanging lights to add a touch of romance.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge Meals Queen Elizabeth Dining

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Pros & Cons At Kyambura Gorge Lodge In Queen Elizabeth

What We Like About Kyambura Gorge Lodge

  1. Superb location on the edge of Kyambura Gorge near Queen Elizabeth Park with fabulous savannah and gorge views.
  2. Offers just 8 bandas including 4 deluxe bandas to allow for an intimate and luxury safari vacation experience with personalized service. Drinks are included.
  3. Facilities including a swimming pool and spa. One complimentary massage per stay.
  4. Staff offers warm, friendly service and is attentive to guest needs.
  5. Solar panels heat shower water and generate electricity for charging electronics.

Things To Note When Staying At Kyambura Gorge Lodge

  1. Rooms have variable views, with some overlooking the savannah plains or gorge. Located just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park; access to the lodge is via a dirt track.
  2. Does not have a fitness center though the intensity of the Kyambura wetland and gorge walks will keep you in shape.
  3. Rooms are not air-conditioned but have fans to keep traveling guests comfortable.
  4. Due to lack of competition for an alternate Tier 1 Premier safari accommodation, prices are on the higher side though worth the experience it offers.
  5. The lodge owners via Volcanoes Trust are pioneers in sustainable tourism and support many community initiatives such as the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative, tree planting at Mvule Trust, apiary support at Omumashaka Bee Keepers Co-Operative etc.
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When staying at Kyambura Gorge Lodge in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Murchison Falls, and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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