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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the edge of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, in Uganda, one of Africa's finest national parks, Volcanoes newest lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, has stunning views over the Gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning living space, balancing the history of the building with the location and creating a series of distinct luxurious contemporary spaces for guests. Eight beautiful, spacious bandas have been carefully nestled into the hillside, each with their own luxury bathroom. Each room has a different aspect of the panoramic views across the gorge, savannah and mythical Rwenzoris. Each banda is uniquely appointed, adopting a different colour theme. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kyambura Gorge Lodge Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park