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Volcanoes Safaris Introduces Kyambura Gorge Lodge as Newest Luxury Eco-Accommodation
Former Coffee Processing Plant is the Cornerstone of Volcanoes Safaris’ Chimpanzee Conservation and Community Ecotourism Program in Uganda
Kyambura Lodge seeks to create a new architectural vocabulary, born of the marriage between contemporary African and western design. Drawing inspiration from the innovation of ‘everyday’
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 series of distinct inspiring spaces for guests. In keeping with other Volcanoes lodges that are part of the Volcanoes Collection, it seeks to create a quiet harmony between the buildings and the landscape, using the ancient Indian technique of Vasthu. The airy and spacious living and dining area features a long covered veranda facing the savannah. A covered extension protrudes from the veranda and faces the beautiful Kyambura Gorge. This is the centerpiece of the complex with its dramatic sombrero shaped straw roof, contrasting with the recycled tin roofs of the main building.
Four luxury bandas, each with its own luxury bathroom and uniquely appointed theme, have been built and another four will be available by early 2012. Where possible, materials have been sourced locally and reflect contemporary interpretations of traditional design and construction techniques. Décor invokes the context of the original buildings. Second-
“Kyambura Gorge Lodge is a celebration of contemporary Africa. It highlights the Volcanoes Safaris mission: to offer all the comforts of a luxury accommodation within the framework of practical ecotourism and sustainability,”
The Kyambura Gorge Ecotourism, program partners with neighboring communities in their projects, promotes the conservation of chimpanzees having a created a buffer zone to protect their habitat and has reclaimed 40 acres of local wetland that was previously used as illegal brickworks. In total, Volcanoes Safaris has created a 150-acre mini-wildlife reserve, which is helping to reduce human-wildlife conflict in a highly populated area.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge functions as the gateway to Queen Elizabeth National Park – an expansive preserve which occupies 1,978 square kilometers in western Uganda. The park is home to wildlife including the hippopotamus, elephant, leopard, lion and highly-endangered chimpanzee. Guests who participate in a Volcanoes Safaris tour and stay at Kyambura Gorge Lodge have access to a number of awe-inspiring itinerary items, including:
• Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest
• Game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth to spot lions, elephant, antelope, buffalo and over 600 species of bird
• Boating and wildlife spotting on the Kazinga Channel
Guided tours of the mini-reserve are also available, which focus on the community projects supported by Volcanoes Safaris, the wetland it has recreated and the buffer zone for chimpanzee protection.
The Kyambura Gorge Lodge is located 45 minutes by private plane from Kampala, landing at either Kasese or Mweya. The Lodge is approximately 6 hours’ drive from Kampala by car.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge is bookable as part of a safari package, which includes an expert guide for the duration of the itinerary, accommodations and meals, ground transportation and necessary permits. For information on travel dates and prices, please visit www.volcanoessafaris.com or call +44 (0) 870 870 8480.
About Volcanoes Safaris
The Volcanoes Safaris Group (VS) is a unique great ape ecotourism business specializing in mountain gorilla safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. Established in 1997 in Kampala, Uganda, no other company in the world has invested so heavily in the area around the mountain gorilla parks in these two countries. VS offers an integrated set of services including safaris and eco safari lodges. Kyambura Gorge Lodge is the latest addition the Volcanoes Collection of leading lodges in Uganda and Rwanda. The other three properties are Virunga Lodge in Rwanda – a luxury gorilla lodge; Bwindi the jungle gorilla lodge and Mount Gahinga which offers hiking and cultural tourism. The company has also set up the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, which links neighbouring communities to conservation and ecotourism in keeping with Volcanoes distinctive vision for great ape eco-tourism. It also promotes the conservation of chimpanzees through the creation of a buffer zone along the gorge and reclamation of 40 acre wetland that was previously used as illegal brickworks.