Kyambura Gorge – The Exhilarating Walk in Queen Elizabeth NP
It is as low as 100m deep with lush tropical vegetation. It has a large concentration of primates and more so Chimpanzees. It will definitely make you believe that either God is real or science discoveries are genius.
The Gorge is crossed by a river. There is a story which says that one time the river flooded and carried away the local people together with their property. They later followed the path of the river when the water reduced with hope of finding their friends and property in Vain. They came back lamenting in the native language “Kyambura” meaning “I couldn’t find it” thus naming the river Kyambura.
There are chimpanzees that the wildlife authority has habituated in this Gorge and you have chance of tracking them.
For many visitors, Chimpanzee tracking is their major objective when choosing to do the Kyambura gorge walk and I say; you should actually consider it a gorge walk than a chimpanzee tracking experience as the latter could disappoint you on any other day! Chimpanzees here are rare to see and the best you can experience is their noisy calls; they are so elusive! But the gorge will not disappoint; you will be rewarded with an impressive hike and you will experience the tranquility of a true tropical jungle and the soothing River beneath – it’s a rejuvenating walk!
On a lucky day, you will see the chimps play on trees as they get down and up which offers you heaven short lived on earth. They will make a lot of hooting which makes it very easy to locate. There are a lot of aspects that will interest you when you encounter with these Chimps and the memories with them will be everlasting.
Owing to its chances of chimpanzee viewing experience, the rewarding tropical jungle, the great hike and the gentle River that traverses the gorge has led many into condidering the Kyambura Gorge their top spot when looking to go Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. There is more wildlife to be seen including the Red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus, vervet monkeys and baboons among others.
For bird lovers, you can look out for falcons, blue headed bee-eater, black and white kingfisher and many others. The gorge makes the natural boundary separating Kyambura Wildlife Reserve and Queen Elizabeth National Park and it’s located on the eastern section of QENP.