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Kyambura wildlife reserve is one of the tropical rainforest that is situated in Queen Elizabeth national park in north eastern part of the park that connects to kazinga channel. Queen is Elizabeth national park is one of the most visited Uganda wildlife safari destination and it is the second largest national park following Murchison fall national park the largest, one of the reasons why they are highly considered by majority of the travelers when it comes to exploring the Uganda wildlife and all other biodiversity in the jungle such as the large numbers of elephants, the famous tree climbing lions, the massive numbers of Uganda kobs, antelopes, zebras, leopards, warthogs, hippos, herds of buffaloes, waterbucks and bushbucks, a variety of bird species, the scenic views of the beautiful savannah woodland, savannah grassland and the forest vegetation.
Why a visit to kyambura wildlife reserve?
Kyambura wildlife reserve is a valley as well as a tropical rain forest that is a home to a large population percentage of the chimpanzees as well as other apes that are surviving in the forest vegetation in the natural environment. Some of these primates include, the baboons, red tailed monkey, grey cheeked mangabey monkey, the white and black colobus monkeys, the L’Hoest’s monkeys, blue monkeys, among others.
Besides the primate animals in kyambura a wildlife reserve, there are other wildlife animals that travelers will find in this tropical rainforest such as the elephants which is known of camouflaging with the environment so easily, the giant forest hogs among others. The forest is a home to various bird species that make queen Elizabeth national park one of the best destination spot for bird watching experience to travelers that are birders.
The kyambura wildlife reserve was created to act as a buffer zone to Queen Elizabeth wildlife animals during the dry season so that animals in the park can visit the place to drink water from Kyambura River.
Kyambura wildlife reserve forest is one of the best and famous destinations of chimpanzee trekking experience, due to the fact that the forest has got a large population of habituated gorillas that usually come down from the trees without fear of interacting with the human being, thus have tamed and trained getting used of the presence of people thus being the best destination for chimpanzee experimental tourism among the Uganda safaris. Getting close and interacting with these humanlike creatures will make travelers not like living the forest and it will offer travelers extra ordinary experience and great memories on a Uganda safari.
As chimpanzees get down from the trees, travelers will have an insight to take close pictures and videos of chimpanzee; this makes the chimpanzee trekking experience in kyambura gorge an extremely interesting adventure that travelers should not afford to miss on their visit to Queen Elizabeth national park.
Other tourism attraction in kyambura gorge
Kyambura wildlife reserve is a home to other wildlife species which include
Primates animals /apes trekking , the valley is a best place to about 12 primate mammals that survive in the forest jungle, such as the red tailed monkeys, grey checked mangabey, the white and black colobus monkeys, the olive baboons, blue monkeys, chimpanzees among others,
Bird watching, kyambura wildlife reserve is also known as a birders paradise which is one of the top birding spot that will give you an insight to view and hear different calling of bird species in the tropical forest while on a guided nature walk.
The vegetation cover scenic view experience, the wildlife reserve is home to savannah vegetation in the upper escarpment and the tropical rainforest of kyambura gorge that has a lot of large and tall tree canopies which borders kichwamba escarpment of the Great Rift Valley wing.
Chimpanzee trekking, this is one of the famous key activities that is famously done in the wildlife reserve and the it is the best spot for trekking habituated chimpanzees that is friendly and used to people. When chimpanzees in the wildlife reserve see people they will get done going closer to people which gives travelers an insight to take close and clear photos and videos with the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking in kyambura wildlife reserve takes about 2 to 3 hours depending on how long travelers will take to find the chimpanzee community.
However chimpanzee trekking in kyambura wildlife reserve will require a permit that will be booked at Mweya visitor information Centre and needs physically fit visitor because there is hiking to search for the chimpanzee community which you be allowed to spend one hour with the chimpanzees from the time you find the chimpanzee community.
What is the best time to visit kyambura wildlife reserve?
The best time to visit the kyambura wildlife reserve is during the dry season in the months of December to February, late June to mid-October when is little or no expected rains that will interrupt your activities like chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, guide natures walks among others.
During the dry season the roads leading to the wildlife reserve area passable, they are not wet and slippery to give difficulties to vehicle movement in the jungle. The dry season is also referred to as the peak season where a lot wildlife animals from Queen Elizabeth are moving towards the wildlife reserve to drink water from kyambura river thus they can easily be spotted in crowds as they gather at the water collection points.
Accommodation close to kyambura wildlife reserve
The accommodation facilities around kyambura wildlife reserve range from luxury, mid-range and budget lodges, they include; elephant hub lodge, Mweya safari lodge, kingfishers camp, simba safari lodge, jacana safari lodge, gorge safaris among others. These offer excellent facilities to all travelers who come to queen and they have got welcoming and friendly stay that will enhance yours when you visit the kyambura wildlife reserve.
How to access kyambura wildlife reserve?
The wildlife reserve is situated in north eastern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. From Kampala to kyambura wildlife reserve, it will take about 7-8 hours’ drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle.