Boasting one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any reserve in the world, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to almost a hundred animal species as well as more than 600 types of birds. The park is 1978km2 in size, and is famous for its primate species, it’s unusual tree-climbing lions, and the large concentration of hippos.
Deep in the heart of the Great Western Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a vast diversity of wildlife and a multitude of truly spectacular landscapes. The reserve is also famous for leopards and tree-climbing lions found in the Ishaba region of the park. Commonly spotted predators include lion, leopard, side striped jackal and spotted hyena, while antelope species such as kob, bushbuck, topi and waterbuck are often encountered.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest national park in Uganda, traverse a mass of streams, rivers and lakes, including the Kyambura River, which eventually flows into the mighty Nile.
Known as the “Valley of Apes”, the gorgeous Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge is situated in the far eastern corner of the park. Incredibly diverse landscapes and brimming with a rich wildlife bio-diversity you are sure to observe primates, wild animals and colourful, vibrant birds in their natural habitat.
Set off into spectacular Kyabura Gorge, one of the best places in Uganda to spot chimpanzees. Experience the thrill of catching up with the unruly chimps as the forest comes alive with their noisy calls. Conquer the challenging terrain, descending into the steep gorge and crossing the natural log bridges over the rushing river as you keep an eye out for the chimpanzees in the canopy above. Spend two to three hours looking for and enjoying the loveable apes in the company of an expert ranger. Chimpanzee trekking is available year round, but requires a degree of agility and fitness.
This incredible Kyambura Gorge experience is about so much more than just exploring and discovering chimpanzees at home in their the natural habitat. You will learn about the fascinating ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, chimp and monkey ecology, diverse vegetation types, and identifying colourful birds and patterns of their behaviour.
In this abundant lush habitat, clasped among the steep slopes of the Kyambura Gorge, resides an assortment of primates including distinguished chimpanzees, the black & white Colobus monkeys, olive baboons and cheeky red tailed monkeys. Make sure you have your camera ready to snap stunning pictures of these beautiful, human-like creatures in the wild.
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