Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kyambura Gorge Lodge


Chimps and Queen safaris

On the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savannah, the distant mountains of the moon and the forest valley from which it takes its name, Kyambura Gorge Lodge is a great base for Ugandan safari.

There are eight banda cottages with a handcrafted afro-chic theme and local artworks. Each is spacious with en suite bathrooms and verandahs taking in the vista. The main lodge is a reimagined coffee store where you’ll find the bar, lounge and dining area, as well as the swimming pool and small spa.

A private path leads directly into the gorge for chimpanzee tracking – the main draw here – plus game drives into the national park and visit some of the inspiring community projects supported by the lodge.


At a glance

  • Eight bandas

  • Swimming pool

  • Main lodge with bar and dining area

  • Direct private access to Kyambura Gorge

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    Chimpanzee tracking

    Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The walk usually lasts two to three hours and descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.

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    Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Queen Elizabeth National Park is considered to be one of Uganda’s most varied and beautiful protected areas. Queen, as she is affectionately known, is home to two of Africa’s big cats, the majestic lion and the leopard, elephants, buffaloes and more.

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    Lion research safari

    Join a local scientific researcher on his daily game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to locate and record the behavior of a lion pride being studied and learn about the conservation of the endangered big cat in Uganda.

Community & Culture

The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), established in 2009, is a non-profit organisation that connects Volcanoes’ Rwanda and Uganda luxury lodges to the neighbouring communities and conservation activities. The VSPT receives funding through Volcanoes Safaris, which contributes $100 from safari bookings, as well as private donations by our guests and others.

The VSPT aims to create long-term, self-sustaining projects that enrich the livelihoods of local communities, promote the conservation of the great apes, restore natural habitats and work with communities and institutions to reduce human-wildlife conflict. As part of their stay at Volcanoes Lodges, guests get an opportunity to visit VSPT projects and to share the lives of the local communities. At Kyambura Gorge Lodge, these include a women’s coffee producing cooperative, a community café for training disadvantaged young people, sports grounds, a dance group, bee keeping training and a tree nursery.

Volcanoes employ over 150 staff from the Great Lakes region – Rwanda, Uganda, DRC and Burundi – many of whose families have lived through conflict, mostly based at their lodges and ecotourism projects. Empowering local staff at all levels of management is a key aspect of Volcanoes’ philosophy. The overwhelming majority of our management staff are from the region and over 50% are women; 85% of the staff at lodges come from the neighbouring communities. Staff benefit from extensive training programs and manage guest experience from beginning to end and take pride in sharing the cultures of the Great Lakes region.


The Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project has undertaken a series of activities since 2009 to safeguard the gorge ecosystem. Today, Volcanoes Safaris and Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust are the single largest stakeholders in the Gorge ecosystem after the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. Without the intervention of VS and VSPT, the survival of the gorge and chimps would be under severe threat. Conservation projects supported by the VSPT include tree planting, wetland restoration and the creation of buffer zones with neighbouring communities.

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