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Kyambura Gorge Lodge
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Kyambura Gorge Lodge was a great vantage point to visit the northern part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge staff were friendly, helpful and informative. the Chef who goes by the name of Innocent (at least until proven Guilty) provided outstanding food. Breakfast was full and amazing choices. I stayed 2 nights at the back end of May 2014, an rate this as an excellent lodge. my laundry was returned the same day, the rooms each separate bandas are spacious, clean and in keeping with the eco feel that has been created. The secret of this lodge is the coffee. Omwani Coffee is a local co-operative supported by the volcanoes lodge, and waking up to this organic caffeine magic is the best way to start the day.
the lodge arranged a visit to the coffee plantation a short walk from the lodge, where 12 locals have been supported to set up this hand processed coffee. I walked out with 2Kg of the blended Arabica/Robusta heaven :)
Must do in the area is a boat trip down the Kazinga Channel. I did not have time to visit the habituated chimps (and did the chimp tracking last year in the Budongo) but could hear them in the mornings over breakfast.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

After a stopover in Entebbe and a 3 stop flight to Kasasse this was the first stop on our 5 week visit to Africa. We were met by Moses who was to be our guide for the next 4 days at two lodges in Uganda, and for those of you lucky to have had him as your guide you will understand why we thoroughly enjoyed his company. The lodge is situated on the edge of the Gorge with truly fantastic views. The rooms "bandas" are very comfortable and named after members of the local chimpanzee family. We were the only guests at the lodge during our stay and the staff couldn't have been more friendly, welcoming and hospitable. We went Chimpanzee trecking though be warned, they move fast! And were lucky to see a leopard on an afternoon drive, not a frequent occurrence. On leaving and travelling on to Bwindi we had the pleasure of 4 hours on the Ugandan "motorway", a treat not to be missed.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Stephen L
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

After hours on Uganda's "highways" - those who have travelled Uganda will appreciate the "African massage", how our superb guide and driver referred to our driving .... - we got a warm welcome at the Kyambura Lodge. What a treat! Everyone at the Lodge was soooo kind and helpful, we really felt very much welcome. Our room was beautiful: tasteful African look and feel but with all the comforts that a "spoiled" European would like to find. The view stunning. The food superb but best of all the kindness of the manager and his team. Can only recommend the place. And by the way, a swim in the impeccable pool after "our massage" was a real treat. You visit QE National Park (what a stunning place!), stay at this lodge, you will have as we do fond memories.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ed W
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

This place is SWEET, we had soooo much fun here, from Albert, Ben, Abraham, Jen, and all you others who"s names escape me (so sorry), they were all there to make our stay simply incredible. I will be back and I will stay here again, it was beautiful and clean, the gentle knock to wake us up with yummy coffee n warm milk, to just be there for simply anything, a little bowl of roasted nuts at the campfire, to the request for a big salad for lunch, "yes" of course was the answer...... Love n miss you all, you know who u r and I'm sure u remember us, THANK YOU

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We were unable to stay due to a land dispute but the hotel made us very welcome before and after tracking. The swimming pool and the changing area is very clean and the main lodge is very comfortable, the rooms looked extremely good. It was a shame that we could not stay and we hope that the dispute is sorted as soon as possible,

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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VolcanoesSafaris, Owner at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2013

Dear MikeyHongKong95,

Unfortunately we did not have any availability when you visited. However all activities at the lodge and from the lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park are operating normally.
We hope to see you again next time.

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Reviewed 30 May 2013

What a lovely welcome! Even before we reached our rooms, we felt at home. After a glass of fresh juice, the staff picked up our bags and we were quickly settled – even though we were a big group.
The view in every direction is breathtaking. The layout and decor are quite unlike any other lodge in Uganda. The refurbished coffeehouse is a fantastic living space. The eclectic décor provides something interesting for the eye, everywhere you look.
Despite its remote-seeming location, there’s a whole list of activities to choose from.
Spectacular sunsets, a fabulous swimming pool, attentive service, wonderful food and a real commitment to ecotourism, I can wholeheartedly recommend Kyambura Lodge. I liked it so much I wrote about it on my personal blog, Diary of a Muzungu
http://muzungubloguganda.com/2012/12/kyambura-gorge-lodge-queen-elizabeth-uganda/

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

I loved everything about this lodge, It is set right on the edge of Queen Elizabeth park, you can sometimes see elephants and other animals in the distance. My room was just beautiful, it had everything you could possibly wish for. There was a large swing on one deck and two chairs and table on the other, both decks looked out to forest and gorge and the bamboos and monkeys could be seen and heard, sometimes even coming on to the decks of neighbouring rooms. The staff could not have been more helpful or friendly, the food was just delicious at every meal and the whole atmosphere was so comfortable. I would highly recommend!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 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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