CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KYAMBURA GORGE
Kyambura gorge is a sink fault with atmospheric rain-forest situated in the corner of Eastern Queen Elizabeth national park in southwestern Uganda. This gorge covers approximately 16 kilometers long across the width, with its deepest point being 100 m. Kyambura means ‘’I couldn’t find it ‘’in the native language this gorge is also famously known as ‘’the valley of apes’’.Kyambura was created to act as a buffer zone.
Kyambura gorge’s chimpanzee tracking is the main tourism activity which is worth exploring in this Savannah covered gorge giving you an opportunity to see apes families though chimpanzees in this site are mobile in comparison with other national parks like Kibale forest national park.
Kyambura gorge is a home to many apes and many other animals like bush-bucks, African Elephants, Giant forest hogs, stripped jackal rewarding visitors with a thrilling chimpanzee experience, all the chimpanzee in this gorge were baptized with names reflecting Uganda’s beauty, for example, Murungi meaning beauty, Pamba meaning cotton, Pesa meaning money,kazinga referring to kazinga channel, Asante meaning thank you and maji meaning water among others. This was done by Uganda wildlife authority in order to keep history and record maintenance, it was done in July 2013.
Kyambura gorge can be reached through two different routes that are to say one can pass via southwestern of Kampala Masaka –Mbarara high way which is 420 kilometers and 410 kilometers whiling using fort portal –Kasese route, some tourists may choose to travel by flight from Kajjansi airfield to Mweya.
Kyambura gorge is rich with a variety of bird species such as papyrus gonolek, flamingos, white-winged warbler, African crake, sparrow hawk, Ovampo secretary bird, black bee-eater, low land Khalaf, African skimmer and vereux eagle that are endemic in that area, as soon your tracking starts sights and sounds for birds will welcome you.
Kyambura gorge was as a result of volcanic eruption causing the middle part to sink where tropical rain forest grew later, so the fault line led to the great formation of river kyambura which supplies water to animals within kyambura.