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Kyambura Game Reserve-Uganda safari news

Kyambura Game Reserve-Uganda safari news

Kyambura Game Reserve one that can be refereed to as a Valley of Wonderment is one of Uganda’s wildlife reserves that keep the beauty of the country. Here we uncover it all about Kyambura Game reserve

Kyambura Game Reserve History

Kyambura game reserve or kyambura wildlife reserve is also referred to as “valley of apes” since it’s a deep forested gorge that houses the only primates within Queen Elizabeth National Park. This sunken tropical forest in the western rift valley within Kyambura gorge was formed to serve as a buffer zone to the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park that is home to numerous wildlife species teeming with a big number of birds that are encountered by tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris.

Location of Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Kyambura game reserve actually forms a stunning section of the well-known magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park- the second largest national park in Uganda with the reserve situated in the far eastern corner of the park.  Kyambura game reserve is sitting in Kicwamba sub-county of Rubirizi district in Western Uganda right close the equator crossing 30km from Queen Elizabeth National Park headquarters. The mean altitude of Kyambura game reserve is 1,100m above sea level covering an area of 156 square kilometers with valley apes that amaze those who go here for Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris. Kyambura gorge is 11km long, 1km wide at its widest point and 100m deep surrounded by savannah and a thick tree canopy. The gorge is actually drained by River Kyambura and links to Kazinga channel which forms the northern boundary of the reserve where tourists experience thrilling adventure safaris in Uganda when boats go past hippos. The gorge is a vital water source to quite a number of wild animals and forms a faint border between Queen Elizabeth National Park and the reserve.

What to see/attractions in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Primates are the key wildlife species in Kyambura wildlife reserve with habituated chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. The primates are down the gorge where they make survival in the tree stems that block out most of the sun rays from this distant yet impressive valley.

Above the great ape valley is an amazement for tourists on birding safaris in Uganda. Bird species around Kyambura game reserve include Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Martial Eagle, Shoebill, African skimmer, Lesser Plus Greater Flamingo, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White tailed Lark, Corncrake, Pink backed Pelicans, Papyrus canary, Verreaux’s Eagle owl, White winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater with much many more forest bird species.

What to do/activities in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking;

 

Humans actually share 98.7% of their DNA with chimpanzees! Uganda Chimpanzee trekking tours to Kyambura game reserve is what attracts various tourists to explore the deep gorge and meet their closest relatives. Chimpanzees at the reserve have been habituated for about 2 years which means they can behave normally even with the presence of human beings. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be extended just within western Uganda to encounter more chimpanzees in Kibale forest National Park.

 

Nature walking safaris;

Nature walking Uganda safaris through the Kyambura Game reserve is the best way to exploit and have a glimpse of the primates up close.  Primates that are certainly met include the Black and white colobus monkeys, giant forest hogs, red-tailed monkeys. The verdant tropical rain forest tree canopy marvels tourists here when it shuts out most of the sun rays leaving the gorge like a whole new world……actually it feels like being in an old adventure movie. You will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing

 

Bird watching;

Bird watching tours in Uganda with sighting of bird species like the Verreaux’s Eagle owl, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Martial Eagle, Bar-tailed Godwit, White tailed Lark, Corncrake, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Shoebill, African Skimmer, Lesser Plus Greater Flamingo, Papyrus Canary, White winged Warbler, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater and a lot more. These avian species accompanied by Falcons, Blue-headed bee-eater and the African Finfoot will get off the birders long unticked list and extending birding safari tours in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park makes the passionate birders list even shorter than expected because of the numerous bird species in the park.

How to get to Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

By road:

Safari Uganda by road and discover the hidden, un-tapped beauty with a piece of it at Kyambura game reserve accessed from some towns with road distances including;

From Entebbe International airport (Uganda’s national airport), Kyambura Game reserve is 376km with an estimated drive time of 7h 27min.

From Kampala, Kyambura game reserve is 394km via Masaka road with an estimated drive time of 7h 9min with the equator line 79.1km from Kampala.

From Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura game reserve is 120km via Fort portal-Mbarara road with an estimated drive time of 2h 58min.

Kyambura game reserve is 263km from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where Uganda gorilla trekking safaris are encountered. The reserve is accessed via Kampala-Mbarara road and Ntungamo-Katunguru road taking an estimated drive time of about 5h 46 min.

From Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura game reserve is a drive distance of 91.1km with an estimated time of 2h 6min.

From Kasese town, Kyambura game reserve is 89.4km via Mbarara-Kasese road about 2h 2min drive time.

By air:

Air safaris in Uganda using chartered flights can be organized by Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe international airport to Kasese airstrip with an estimated flight time of 2h 15 min. From Kasese airstrip Kyambura game reserve is 89.4km away, a drive time of about 2h 9min.

Safari accommodation/Where to stay in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Uganda offers all classes of accommodation ranging from Budget/basic, mid-range to up-market/luxury in order to cater for all tourists on Uganda wildlife safari tours.

Luxury safari accommodation near Kyambura game reserve is availed at Kyambura game lodge with luxury tented cottage lodging, Mweya safari lodge situated on a peninsula within the heart of Queen Elizabeth National park, Jacana safari lodge, The Baboon Safari resort at kyambura and Katara lodge.

Mid-range safari accommodation near Kyambura game reserve is availed at Ihamba Lakeside safari lodge, Simba safari camp, Kingfisher lodge in Kichwamba, Buffalo safari resort next to kazinga channel and Pumba safari cottages in Kyambura.

Budget/basic safari accommodation within Kyambura game reserve is availed at Ihamba safari Lodge, Tembo safari lodge off Ntungamo-Katunguru road, Queen Elisabeth Bush Lodge, Simba safari camp, Engiri game lodge, Irungu forest safari lodge, Marafiki safari Lodge in Rubirizi.

Best Uganda safari/tour/visit time to Kyambura Game Reserve

The best Ugandan time of the year for lifelong safari memories is during the dry months of December-February and June- August when the reserve is not very slippery and the trees not water dripping and clear pictures can be taken.

Slopping down a 100m deep gorge to a tropical forested valley of apes sounds magical. Slopping the valley itself is an experience of its own and what one runs into down there is a whole new experience. Don’t bypass this reserve with scenic wonders to have long lasting Uganda wildlife safari memories at Kyambura Game Reserve.

 

 

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