Kyambura Wildlife Game Reserve Uganda

Kyambura forest reserve in Queen Elizabeth National Park is located on the north-eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park, approximately 30 km from the park headquarters. Kyambura Gorge spans a distance of 11 km and links to the Kazinga Channel, which forms the northern boundary of the reserve. The reserve’s mean altitude is 1100 metres above the seal level. The total area of the reserve is 156 sq. km.

Kyambura Game Reserve was formed to serve as a buffer zone to the Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda. It was first established as a Controlled Hunting Area in 1963 and was gazetted as a game reserve in 1965. The game reserve lies to the west of Kyambura gorge and it is part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Kyambura Game Reserve is the only spot for Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari during a tour to Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National park.

Tourist Attractions in Kyambura Wildlife Game Reserve Uganda

  • Primate in Kyambura

Kyambura wildlife reserve is a home for many primates but the prominent ones are the habituated chimpanzees. It is really interesting that visitors on a Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park can do a Chimpanzee safari tour in Kyambura. Besides chimpanzees, there are 12 other primates including red-tailed monkey, Black-and-White Colobus, Baboons and Vervet monkeys.

  • Birdlife in Kyambura Wildlife Game in Queen Elizabeth park

There are a lot of birds to see in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Kyambura Game Reserve.  A total of 332 bird species has been recorded in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, with six species being globally threatened. Lake George, the Kazinga Channel and the seven crater lakes within the reserve offer a large and varied habitat to many birds, including 110 wetland species, including flamingos and Black winged stilts. There is a roosting site for White Pelicans at Kashaka Fishing village.

The tall trees of Kyambura wildlife reserve attract a number of birds to see in this area, for example, falcon, fly catchers, white napped pigeons, blue-headed Bee-eaters, the fin foot Martial Eagle, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Shoebill, African Skimmer, Lesser plus Greater Flamingo and Chapin’s Flycatcher.

Uganda Safari Activities in Kyambura Wildlife Game Reserve Uganda

  • Chimpanzee tracking at Kyambura wild reserve

Kyambura forest reserve is one of the best areas for experimental tourism and habituated chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. These chimpanzees are familiar with humans and carry their day to day activities in the presence of humans. The chimpanzees are found of coming down of the trees when they see the guests. This behaviour of the chimpanzees will give you an opportunity to take closer pictures and also studying them best. The chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge are the second Uganda tourist attractions after the lions in Queen Elizabeth national park.

The Uganda chimpanzee tracking visitors are required to be physically fit and the minimum age for trekking chimpanzees in Kyambura wildlife life reserve is 12 years. chimpanzees offer great photo opportunities for photo lover and can pose in many styles.

  • Birding in Kyambura wildlife reserve

The beautiful crater lakes of this reserve, located to the east of Kyambura Gorge, offer excellent opportunities to see birds including greater and lesser flamingoes and the great egret. Apart from chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura wildlife reserve, one can take a Uganda birding safari tour or guides forest nature walk with an experienced tour guide.

Kyambura wildlife reserve offers rich biodiversity supporting avian species such as falcons, blue-headed bee-eater, African broad bill, corncrake, lesser plus greater flamingoes, African skimmer, pink backed pelicans and white tailed lark among others.

Uganda Safari Accommodation to Kyambura Wildife Game Reserve

  • Mazike Lodge-Mid-range

Mazike Valley Lodge is situated in Kyambura Gorge, also known as the “Valley of Apes” and apes in Luganda is Mazike, hence the authentic name that resonates well with our location and attraction. Mazike Valley Lodge sits on the Eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The lodge has 8 tastefully appointed cottages comprising of 3 doubles and 5 twins.

Facilities at Mazike Lodge include

  • Stunning Location
  • Homely guest area
  • Private butler service
  • Restaurant with Aler-Carte Menus
  • A bar with a selection of great wines to complement the dining experience

Parkview Safari Lodge-Luxury

Parkview Safari Lodge is located at the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth national park, overlooking panoramic views of the “medley of wonders” and capturing the beauty of the park in a most memorable way. The building style is a combination of modern and local materials, opening up to the wilderness beyond. The lodge reflects true African ambience and hospitality, providing comfort to our esteemed guests. Our unique cottages are endowed with en-suite bathrooms, private balcony with spectacular views to the park and Bunyaruguru hills.

Parkview safari lodge Rooms

Parkview safari lodge is a lodge destined in Queen Elizabeth National Park offering fully renovated cottages. The lodge combines traditional African design with a host of amenities and facilities to make each stay a unique and personalized experience.

Family Executive Cottages

The newly renovated two-bedroom cottages provide the comforts of luxury accommodation with separate living rooms. This perfect for families, the master bedroom is furnished with a king bed size, while the second bedroom is a set up with two single beds.

Double & Suite Cottages

Waking up and being able to gaze at the “medley of wonders! “is one of life’s pleasures, and this is exactly what is offered by the double en suite cottage. Our guests discover the meaning of a true holiday. The Double en suite cottage is ideal for honeymooners. This elegant and spacious room, provides a large king-size bed, private bathroom, with views of the lush gardens and Queen Elizabeth national park

Twin En Suite Cottages

The Twin en suite cottage offers everything you need to enjoy your vacation in Uganda to the full. Elegantly decorated, in harmony with the natural surroundings, it is the ideal space to experience an incredible holiday. This room offers two queen size beds as well as superior bathroom amenities The private terrace or balcony with views of the pretty gardens makes it perfect place to relax and rest in after a long day. And don’t forget the luxurious amenities and details which will make your holiday one to remember.

Single & Suite Cottages

This sophisticated room offers a range of comforts and details that you have only imagined about. Enjoy your own independent luscious room with fascinating amenities, and wonderful private bathroom. The decoration is a perfect blend of classic with African touches and the furniture is elegant and comfortable.
The room provides a king bed size. Single en suite cottages are located in a pretty and easily accessible part of the lodge. If you love luxury and tranquillity, then this is the perfect room for you!

Facilities at Parkview Safari Lodge include

  • A fully equipped conference hall
  • A restaurant with an extensive menu providing both local and international cuisines
  • A library and reading area where you can learn more about conservation and Queen Elizabeth national park in general
  • Sauna and steam bath
  • Massage parlor
  • A gift shop where one can secure a souvenir to commemorate the Uganda tour
  • Extensive swimming pool offering a deep bath after an extensive game drive
  • Laundry services
  • Internet connectivity that keeps one connected in the outside world
  • A well-stocked bar

Getting There


Kyambura wildlife reserve can be accessed most easily from Kampala. Two routes run from Kampala to Mweya, the primary tourism hub in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The most scenic route passes through Fort Portal (410km) and offers detours to Kibale, Semuliki and Rwenzori Mountains national parks.

The alternative (420km) runs through Mbarara and Bushenyi and passes Lake Mburo National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s southerly Ishasha sector is directly on the main route to/from Buhoma, the main mountain gorilla tracking trailhead in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which lies 62km south.

Air travel

Charter flights can be arranged to airstrips at Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha from Kampala’s

Kajjansi airfield or Entebbe International Airport.