Nyanzibiri Eco-Community Camp- Combine Crater Lakes – Caves – Culture

Posted by on August 14, 2017

Hiking – Canoeing – Caving around Nyanzibiri Eco-community Camp

Off the Beaten Path -Nyanzibiri Eco-Community Camp-AKA – Dave the Cave Camp


Nyanzibiri Eco-Community Camp also known as Dave the Cave Camp is an experience for adventurous, hikers, birders.  From here  hike to your heart’s content around the twin crater lakes and to Lake Kamunzuku – the transparent lake where you can see the bottom of the lake and fish swimming in it.

Nyanzibiri Eco-Community Camp is a small, basic camp along Uganda’s Scenic Crater Lake Trail. There are just 3 Bandas, a restaurant with excellent organically grown, fresh vegetables, fresh Fish or Beef and an array of herbs from the garden. 

TripAdvisor reviews rave about the fantastic meals that they had here.  That is on top of all the activities you can do in, around and near this off of the Beaten Path Camp. 

This is an off-the-beaten Track alternative to lodges in Queen Elizabeth Park – if you do not mind the extra drive-time of 1 1/2 hours this might be the place for you. Hikers – outdoor enthusiasts, those wanting a cultural stay will love the Camp.


 Nyanzibiri Eco-Community Camp is your gateway to the conjoined crater lakes of Lake Kamweru and Kyeema Lake, the transparent Lake Kamunzuku can be paddled and hiked too as can the Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest.

One of the things that will surprise you here in this pristine, off the beaten track area is that most often it is just you and your guide,  Enjoy primates including chimpanzees, small mammals and birds that endemic to the area of the Western Albertine Rift Valley of which these crater lakes are a part of.

Your guide will tell you of the oral legends and myths that have been regarding the lakes and the large Heritage Cave that is besides Lake Kamweru that brings water to the Lake and provided a place of hiding for the local population during the turbulent times in Uganda such as Idi Amin, Milton Obote and the time when soldiers from the present government passed through the area in what was called the Bush Wars.

Before that, in the distant past, the cave was used for sacrifices which are part of the oral traditions found in the area regarding the lakes and caves.

Today as you head for the caves you will be greeted by the local people, primates, birds and mammals such as

Nyanzibiri Eco-Community Camp itself is a very basic budget camp with just two African Style furnished Bandas with shower and a semi-open air toilet and bathroom – hot water is brought on demand.  You have a deck that overhangs the crater lake in front of you and you can take in the sounds of fish eagles and crested cranes.

The most amazing thing about Nyanzibiri Eco-community Camp is the food, most coming from the gardens including the delightful herbs that add flavor to the meals. TripAdvisor Reviews “The food is amazing – all the vegetables and salad are grown on site and the fish either comes from the crater lake or the bigger lake at the bottom of the escarpment.”  The Salads are washed in a water solution with vinegar for your well-being and that in a rustic Eco-Camp and that is amazing.

There is also the Museum, a perfectly preserved Banyaruguru hut, filled with valued local artifacts that were once used as tools in everyday life. Here, you can learn about the charming innovations of a resourceful people,

At Dinner times you will be entertained by the local community dancers and get more cultural insight into life here along the crater lakes.

This is a great add-on to a Gorilla Wildlife, Gorilla Chimpanzee Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park. All off the Beaten Path along the scenic crater trail in Uganda.

We recommend two nights of discovery here and will design a safari for you that takes in your wishes.  Lastly, all of this comes at a most affordable price in the low-budget range saving money on your safari – and the community camp gives a substantial portion to the development of the local community.


If you are interested in exploring the Crater Lakes of the area and Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest – please let us know