Kyambura Gorge Birding Site in Queen Elizabeth Park
Kyambura Gorge Birding Site, Kyambura gorge sometimes referred to as the valley of Apes is positioned on the eastern side of the Queen Elizabeth National Park with a good number of Chimpanzees that have been habituated for a chimp trekking experience. Kyambura gorge birding site has a mature tropical forest that is thriving below sea level and considering its 1km width and 100m depth with the Kyambura River traversing its floor, Kyambura gorge is an impressive attraction that can be encountered while on Uganda safaris and tours.
Attractions in Kyambura Gorge Birding Site
Birding Sites in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
Birding in Kasenyi Area: Besides rewarding game viewing, the open savannah of Kasenyi offers impressive birding encounters for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. Bird species that can be encountered in Kasenyi include; Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle Read More
Birding in the Mweya Peninsula: The Mweya peninsula is savannah woodland area in between Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward and has great counts of birds including; African Mourning Dove, Diederik Cuckoo, Raptors, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Flycatcher, Squire-tailed Nightjar, Red-chested Sunbird, Swamp Nightjar, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Blue-naped Mousebird, Nubian Woodpecker. Read More
Birding in Maramagambo Forest: The mature rain forest of Maramagambo is a rich habitat for a range of forest bird species including; African Finfoot, Little Grebe, Red-chested Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Black Coucal, Yellow bill, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Blue-throated Roller, Black Bee-eater, Barbets, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Red-throated Wryneck, Honey guide Greenbul, Red-shouldered. Read More
Queen Elizabeth has a rich biodiversity which attracts tourists to come here and enjoy and this biodiversity ranges from 95 mammal species, which includes the rare tree climbing lions species, 3000 elephants, over 10000 buffaloes, leopards, 5000hippos, bush backs, a wide range of antelope family, a variety of monkey species and chimpanzees, 400 bird species and many reptiles like the Nile crocodiles snakes and lizards and a number of volcanic features like volcanic cones and crater lakes like lake Katwe and Kikorongo. Read More Here…
Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth Park: As witnessed by many Uganda safari tourists, Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is a diverse park with wide range habitats that are ideal for existence of a range of wildlife. There are 95 mammal species in the park which makes it the highest on Uganda standards, 10 species of primates including common chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkey, Lhoest’s monkey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey, and blue monkey. Read More Here
Birds in Queen Elizabeth Park: Besides rewarding game viewing, the open savannah of Kasenyi offers impressive birding encounters for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. Bird species that can be encountered in Kasenyi include; Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Grey Kestre. Read More Here
Chimpanzee in Queen Elizabeth Park: These are close relatives of humans alongside gorillas and orangutans, there are two species of chimpanzees, Common chimpanzee species and the Bonobo species, Queen Elizabeth National Park has the Common chimpanzees’ species. An adult Common chimpanzee can weigh between 40-60 kg with a height of 1.6 meters or 5ft3inches while an adult female can weigh between 32-47kg with a height of 1.3 meters or 4feet3inches. Read More Here
Primates in Queen Elizabeth Park: These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white color on the side of their body, limbs and around their face, these monkeys live in groups of 5-15 members led by a male, their weight ranges between 4-14 kg, they have a body length of up to 75 cm or 30 inches. The black and white colobus are herbivores primates and they have a gestation period of 4-6 months. Read More Here
Volcanic features in Queen Elizabeth Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park has a number of volcanic features that have been left behind to remind us of the brutal geographical forces that shaped this land scape to what we see it today. The volcanic features in this park include volcanic cones which stand prominently throughout this vast plains, beautiful crater lakes, many of which have fresh water which attracts. Read More Here
Cultures in Queen Elizabeth Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park is bordered by the Bakonzo people who have an interesting culture to exhibit. According to population census results of 2014 census, there are 850,646 Bakonzo in Uganda hence representing 0.025% of the country’s population. The Bakonzo people are closely related to the Nande people of eastern D.R. Congo in their ways of living. Read More Here
Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a variety of activities to anyone who pays homage to it but for any of these activities to be carried out by a tourist in queen Elizabeth National Park, a park entry fee has to be paid first at the park offices and these fees are 40$ foreign nonresidents adults while children 20$, 30$ foreign residents adults while children 10$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils. Read More Here……
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park: These can be done in Ishasha in order to catch a glimpse of the tree climbing lions, in Kasenyi and north Kazinga plains for an assured sighting of cape buffaloes, African elephants and the antelopes. For tourists who are enthusiastic about sighting the big cats, night game drives are advisable as most of these cats are nocturnal animals. Read More Here..
Launch trips at Kazinga Channel: These are boat cruises that are operated on the Kazinga channel. These trips assure tourists with sighting of Hippos and Crocodiles and also many of the water bird species and game that has come to have a drink at the shores of this channel. The launch trip takes place in the morning at 10:00hrs and in the afternoon at 14:00hrs at a cost of 30$.. Read More Here
Chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth: This occurs at the Kyambura gorge in Maramagambo forest which has thick vegetation growth and plays host to the close relatives of humans, the chimpanzees with a 99% DNA match to humans. If you are in for this kind of adventure experience, you should brace for a 2-3 hours walk under the thick canopy of the gorge’s forest. Read More Here..
Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth: These can be done on Mweya pensisula and this offers chance to the tourist to view various wild game species and also birds. Nature walks are carried out along Ishahsa river presenting an opportunity to anyone involved to get up close with the water giants the hippos while remaining in the perfect safety of the water platform. These walks cost 30$ for foreign nonresidents. Read More Here…
Cultural visits in Queen Elizabeth: These can be carried out at leopard village and Kikorongo women community center, Nyanz’ibiri cave community, Agro-tour walk and Katwe Tourism Information Center. These visits offer a tourist with chance to be entertained or even take part in the cultural dances and drama from the Bakonzo people and this will leave you totally refreshed. Read More Here..
Birding in Queen Elizabeth Park: Besides rewarding game viewing, the open savannah of Kasenyi offers impressive birding encounters for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. Bird species that can be encountered in Kasenyi include; Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Grey Kestrel. Read More Here..
Accessing queen Elizabeth national park.
This park can be accessed by both road and Air transport
Using road transport, the park can be accessed using to major routes i.e.;
Kampala- Mbarara- Bushenyi- Kasese route. This route covers a distance of about 420km or 6 hours’ drive from Kampala city. While on this route a tourist can make a detour in order to visit lake Mburo national park before Mbarara town and also Igongo cultural museum and the lunar eclipse monument in Mbarara town.
Kampala- Mubende- Fortportal- Kasese route. This covers a distance of about 410km or 6 hours’ drive from Kampala city. While using this route, a detour can be made to visit Kibaale national park for chimp tracking, amabeere ga nyina mwiru and the crater lakes of Fortportal and also the royal palace of Omukama of Tooro kingdom.
Using public means
You can still use public means to go to Kasese by buying a local bus ticket which can cost between 30000-35000ugx from Kampala to Kasese. The total journey time from Kampala- Kasese can be 10 hours depending on the bus company operator you are to use. For example, Post bus service is reviewed by many as the safest but it’s a bit slow, another bus company which operates on this route is Link bus service. Bus services to Kasese from Kampala can be accessed from Kisenyi bus terminal in Kampala. From Kasese town, you need to hire a private car to take you to Mweya via the katunguru gate which lies about 10km away
Chartered flights from Entebbe international airport and kajjansi airfield are available to kasese landing at kasese airstrip or mweya airstrip.
Aerolink Uganda has daily flights operating from Entebbe international airport to Kasese airstrip or Mweya airstrip the flight usually departs in the morning but timing may change depending on the flight routing. Aerolink club uses an 11 seater and 2 flight crew Caravan aircraft equipment that is highly comfortable. The cost of this flight is determined on request and can vary depending on the seasonal demand.
Fly Uganda. Fly Uganda operates private flight charters around Uganda from Kajjansi airstrip. The minimum number of passengers required is 2 passengers. The flights usually depart from Kajjansi airfield in the morning hours but this is subject to flight routing and demand. The cost for a flight to Kasese with fly Uganda ranges about 290$ per person one way
Air-Serve Limited and Mission Aviation Africa (MAF) also do private charters to kasese.