LOCATION Uganda, Africa
DATES November 2018 (16 days)
GROUP SIZE Each trip has a maximum group size of 4 participants
LEVEL All Experience Levels
Join me on an intimate journey to photograph the "pearl of Africa". Located on the equator, Uganda boasts fabulous biodiversity the likes of which are not found anywhere else on the continent of Africa. The secret is the country's mesmerizing diversity of habitats, which hosts over 1,000 bird species and 330 mammalian species (including many primates, foremost among them the colossal mountain gorilla and chimpanzee) in a nation roughly equivalent in size to Oregon.
The heart of our 16 day safari is the aforementioned Great Apes, with two mountain gorilla treks and two full day chimpanzee habituation experiences. We will also explore the breathtaking savannas, deltas and waterways of two of Africa's premier game parks: Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park. In both we expect to find lions, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, kob antelope and leopard along with countless species of birds. Another point of emphasis will be the dense papyrus swamps that cradle the shores of Lake Victoria. It is here where we will photograph one of the worlds most enigmatic bird species: The Shoebill. This rare and mysterious bird is rarely seen but one particular swamp offers the worlds best chance to see this species in the wild.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
Two days of Shoebill Stork tracking on the shores of Lake Victoria
Rhino tracking on foot at the Zziwa Rhinos Sanctuary
7 game drives, one in Murchison Falls National Park, six in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Three boat rides, two in Murchison Falls National Park, and one Queen Elizabeth National Park
Two days of chimpanzee habituation experiences in Kibale
Trips to Bigodi Swamp with 12 different primate species
Tree climbing lions at Ishasha
Two days of gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe.
You will be picked by our driver/guide and transfer you to Papyrus Guest House for overnight. We will brief you about the tour long with our departure time the next morning.
Day 2: Shoebill Stork
In the early morning, we will depart for a morning and afternoon canoe trip through Mabamba Swamp on the shores of the mighty Lake Victoria to search for one of the world's most visually startling bird species: the Shoebill Stork. This is one of the best places in Africa to view the enigmatic species and our chances to photograph the shoebill is very high. Mabamba Swamp is a large tract of marshlands with various channels through it and it provides the perfect habitat for countless of water-birds besides the Shoebill Stork along with the exceedingly rare Sitatunga Antelope. After spending the whole day exploring the area we will head back for a dinner and a second night at Papyrus Guest House.
Day 3: Shoebill Stork
Early morning departure for a second visit to Mabamba for another chance to capture the Shoebill Stork. The shoebill is very shy by nature and a second full day in the wetland greatly increases our chances of attaining high-quality photos of the species. We are the only tour that offers two full days at the swamp and this increased time in the wetland goes a long way in ensuring at least one close encounter with the shoebill. The third night is at Papyrus Guest House.
Day 4: To Murchison Falls NP
In the early morning, we will depart our Guesthouse for Murchison Falls National Park. The safe-guarded Savannah within the reserve constitutes some of Uganda’s oldest conservation zones and was described by Winston Churchill in 1907 as 'Kew Gardens and the zoo combined on an unlimited scale'. On the way to Murchison, we will stop at Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for tracking the endangered White Rhinos and also have lunch here before continuing via Karuma Bridge to reach later in the afternoon at Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries. Late in the day, we will reach the beautifully located Pakuba Lodge inside the park. The day will close with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile.
Day 5: In Murchison Falls NP
Early in the morning, we will go for a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with a good chance of spotting lions and giraffes. In the afternoon we have the impressive launch trip on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls. Hippos and buffalo will be plentiful.
Day 6: In Murchison Falls NP
Early morning a private boat will take us downstream to the delta where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip will showcase the amazing concentration of elephants, hippos, buffalo, crocodiles and bird species found in Murchison Falls. After lunch, we will make a visit to the top of the falls for one last wonderful view of the park. In the evening we will reach Hoima town where we will spend the night at the Hoima Cultural Lodge.
Day 7: To Kibale Forest
Early morning departure for the journey to Kibale Forest. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest. If time permits, we will visit Bigodi Swamp which borders Kibale and where we will get the chance to find 12 different species of primates. Overnight in Kibale Forest Camp.
Day 8: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Accompanying Kibale reserve rangers, we will be on the forest floor at the crack of dawn to find and track chimpanzees. We will follow them all day, observing their unique behavior and social interactions. Our tracking will last the whole day and we will accompany the chimpanzees until the afternoon when they will begin to build nests for the evening. The habituation experience is part of the Uganda Wildlife Authority initiative to habituate chimps to the human presence without changing their natural environment. For many, this will undoubtedly be the highlight of our safari!
Day 9: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
The second day of our chimpanzee habituation experience.