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Kyambura Gorge Lodge
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Reviewed 19 December 2012

The Lodge overlooks Queen Elizabeth National Park with expansive views of a waterhole and much wildlife. The cottage we stayed in was comfortable and picturesque with all the conveniences and comforts we wanted. The food was good quality and well prepared and
tasty and wholesome. The staff was helpful and helped us enjoy the nearby QENP and
to see wildlife from the lodge. They were friendly and considerate. Definitely the best
hotel/lodge we visited in Uganda.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

We stayed here with trepidation because of the poor reviews some folk had given this lodge. Well it was the best nights sleep we have had in Uganda. We had e mailed Lydia because of the noise issue raised by guests on this site. Lydia assured us we would have no problems as they have addressed the issue with the surrounding village. We were very impressed with the level of service. The staff were faultless in their dealings with us and we had a very relaxing time here. The attention to detail was tremendous and considering they do not have a kitchen having lost it to a wild fire that raised it and half the dinning area, they achieved a meal of a good standard. The game ranger was pleasant and very well versed with the wild life of the area. The highlight of the trip was the sighting of 2 crested cranes off the viewing deck. The views are spectacular. We all would recommend a stay here. Even if it is just to experience the level of service the staff give.

Room Tip: Rooms further away from the village and close to the pool are supposed to be the quietest. All rooms...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Clare B
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

The lodge is beautiful and the staff is very helpful and friendly. That's about it!

If you are planning to relax and getting a good night sleep at Kyambura, this is the wrong place to stay, here is why:

-Not far from the lodge there is a village. In this village there is a movie house (cinema), where they play movies daily from the afternoon until 11 pm and translate them over loud speakers, you can hear it very clear. First couple of days I thought the loud sounds were coming from the lodge, when I asked I was told the sounds came from the village.

-Also, there is "disco" in the village, not sure if the music plays in speakers outside, but again, it feels as if the sounds were coming from the lodge, it is very loud specially because it is during the late night hours. Music goes on until 3am.

-If you though that now you can go to sleep, wrong again! It is 5am and its time for Muslim prayer, once again, OVER the loud SPEAKERS!!

I forgot, NO internet.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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7  Thank ready2go9
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VolcanoesSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2012

Hi,

Thank you for making us aware of the noise disturbances at Kyambura earlier this year. We have looked into the source of the noise – a local open-air cinema – and have worked alongside other local businesses and authorities to prevent the noise from providing more disturbances. We have been assured by the local police that it will no longer be an issue for us or our guests and after you originally brought this to the attention of our staff, the matter was resolved in a matter of days.

We are grateful for your feedback and hope to have you on safari with us again in the near future.

Sincerely,

Volcanoes Safaris.

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Reviewed 4 May 2012

We thought we would never find another place as good to stay as Wildwaters Lodge, but we did. Kyambura Gorge Lodge is another fabulous place to stay in Uganda.

We wanted to go chimp treking and needed a place to stay. Unfortunately we didn't see any chimps on our trek but it didn't matter because it was worth the 6 hour drive from Kampala to have stayed here.

The Lodge was fabulous. It was converted from an old coffee plantation and the main area comprising a large dining room / lounge was the former coffee store. This area had comfy sofas, books and magazines and really interesting ornaments, e.g.made from recycled oil cans. There was a curtain made from small carved wooden birds. Across from this was a circular viewing platform / seating area with a novel hanging basket seat in the middle, with great views across the Gorge. Some thoughtful soul had even put up a telescope so you could get an even closer look at Gorge and the Savannah behind. There is a lovely swimming pool as well.

Our accommodation was in one of 6 individual cottages (although they were building two more when we visited in April 2012) spread out amongst the grounds. The cottages were named after chimpanzees in the Gorge. Our cottage was right at the far end away from the main area and was a big wood floored, wood and metal roofed oblong place with doors leading out onto a small decking area, looking right over the Gorge. There was even another hanging chair in the small decking area by the side door. There was no bath, only a shower, and this was the only thing that could have been improved (a bit more power would have been nice). If you like birds, it was a really good spot because we were surrounded by large trees right up against the property and they would come and land in them, as they did in the trees surrounding the walkway eating area at the main building (lots of black headed weavers).

Because the place is so small every day (we stayed for three nights) they would come and tell you what the menu was for the evening meal, which included a choice of starters and mains, and you could choose when you ate (presumably within reason). You could also chose when you had breakfast and on the morning of our chimp trek they brought coffee and cake when they woke us up.

A good thing about being here was that you could do a walk from the lodge into part of the Gorge. We did a bird walk with a very knowledgeable guide from the Lodge and we saw more wildlife on this 90 minute walk then we did on our chimp trek. Every so often he would point across the gorge to some moving tree tops. In them we would see red tailed monkeys and colobus monkeys jumping from tree to tree, and sometimes eating. You can also go on safaries in the national park, or do a boat trip.

This place isn't cheap, but if you've got the money (or are residents as we are so could get a discount), it's well worth the visit.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Rosalind D
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

I was blown away by the originality and style of this lodge, situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Every little detail has been thought about from the distinctive and very cool decor of the lodge to the delicious food on offer. The chef was able to serve up one of the best lemon tarts I've ever tasted and that is the sign of a very good eating establishment! We all enjoyed swimming in the saltwater swimming pool and I took advantage of the complimentary massage. I loved the design of my room which was a sophisticated mix of contemporary features and carefully sourced items from the local area. Very clever and cool. The views are to die for and as well as vast clean windows my room had a beautiful verandah with its own swinging chair. Heaven! I can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank vintagechic
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

Kyambura Gorge Lodge was the best of the Volcanoes Safari lodges we stayed at for many reasons. The staff were genuinely warm and did all they could to enhance our stay. The design of the lodge is particularly appealing- open, with clean lines.

Only downside was the heat. Very hot during our stay with no way to beat the heat (although there is a pool). Fans would be helpful.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Livetowander
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Spacious rooms with excellent beds and wonderful bathroom.
Every pièce of furniture is made of recycled material. Incredible how creative that can be.
Excellent food. Nice bar and good wines.
Birth watching, visiting coffee plantation and all excursions, as well as all the drinks and meals were included in room price.
Battery charging only in main building.
Beautiful Swimming pool and nice view over QE Park.
Only six banda's, two are being build for the moment, so never too crowded.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank C-L-Vanvaeck
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Address: | Kyambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
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Region: Uganda > Western Region > Queen Elizabeth National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This eclectic contemporary safari lodge has been converted from an old coffee store to create a breathtakingly beautiful space. The lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savanna, the distant mountains of the moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge. The stylish bandas also have a contemporary theme with the accent on local artefacts re-imagined in a new context. Each banda offers a unique view either across the savanna or the gorge. The lodge is the ideal location for tracking the lost chimps in the sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge nearby and seeing the amazing game in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied parks, centred around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel where animals come to bathe. The park has six hundred amazing bird species, the highest in an African park. ... more   less 
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