Coming in November 2014
Called the Pearl of Africa on account of its beauty, Uganda is a fascinating country to visit with spectacular lakes, fascinating rural scenes, outstanding game reserves, exceptional birding and also mist covered mountains where mountain gorillas may be seen. This is an expedition trip that will show a great deal of the Ugandan countryside as well as the iconic highlights of Murchison Falls, Queen Victoria and Bwindi.
Murchison Falls is 3840 square kilometres in size and the largest national park in Uganda. It features the remarkable Murchison Falls. The power of the water is mesmerizing as the Nile forces its way through a 7-meter gap in the rocks before tumbling 40 m down over the falls with a deafening roar.
Para ‘the place of hippos’ supports the largest concentration of wildlife in the entire park. Furthermore the remarkable Murchison Falls have the great diversity of not only wild animals but birds as well. See lions, buffaloes, leopards and elephants, in addition to giraffes, Uganda Kobs, Hartebeest, antelopes, crocodiles, oribis plus many others..
Queen Elizabeth National Park has volcanic craters, grassy plains, tropical forest and giant lakes that support almost 100 types of mammal and 606 different bird species, including the peculiar shoebill. The Kasinga Channel is said to contain the world’s largest concentration of hippos, and other wildlife includes buffalo, sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, Defassa waterbuck and elephant. And at Kyambura Gorge you can see habituated chimpanzees.
Bwindi is a large primeval forest in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Albertine Rift, which is the western branch of the East African Rift Valley and is at an altitude from 1160 to 2607 metres. It is only a few kilometres from the Democratic Republic of Congo and about 25 kilometres north of the Virunga Volcanoes. It is one of the most diverse areas on earth and home to more than half of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas.
You will arrive at Entebbe Airport and transfer to Boma Guest House for overnight including breakfast. The Boma consists of six bedrooms decorated along African themes, all of which have their own private bathrooms. This guesthouse is conveniently located to the airport.
Depart for Murchison Falls where we spend the first night at Bakers Camp including all meals. We spend the first day with a visit to the top of the Falls.
In a private boat we explore the channels viewing the Falls from below and looking for shoebill storks.
We spend the day game driving through the national park and its forests.
Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park and the wonderful Mweya Lodge.
In the evening we go on a boat cruise up the Kazinga Channel looking at birds, hippos and mammals along the shores.
Day 6 & 7
The journey continues to the Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park where we spend the next two nights at Ishasha Wilderness Camp area.
We drive to Bwindi where we overnight at Buhoma Lodge. Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. Situated within the National Park, less than five minutes walk, from the start of the gorilla trekking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.
Day 9 and 10
We will go gorilla trekking on both days and overnight Buhoma Lodge.
Early flight back to Entebbe in time for international flights.