Uganda is a green and fertile land of high plateaus, luxuriant forests, papyrus-fringed lakes and great swamps. Here the ancient kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro and Ankole flourished long before the first European explorers came in search of the source of the Nile. It is also a country of contrasts, where you can enjoy the open savannas of the Kenian-Ethiopian plains in the north of the country, the luxurian forests of the Congolese jungles in the far west, the mighty beauty of the Impenetrable Forest south in the Albertine Rift, but it is also where the source of the White Nile is to be found.
This superb tour takes us first to the shores of the Lake Victoria at Entebbe and then northwards to Murchinson Falls National Park, where the White Nile flows into Lake Albert. Nearby, the rich Kibale Forest teems with birds and primates, while being one of the best places in Africa to see Chimpanzees. Continuing Southwards past the Rwenzori Mountains we reach the open plains and impressive craters of Queen Elisabeth National Park with its rich array of both birds and large mammals. From here, our journey shall continue to remote southwestern corner of Uganda to reach the misterious Impenetrable Forest. Here the Gorillas have their stronghold and the poorly explored forests are rich in bird endemics to Albertine Rift. We will end our trip at Mburo Lake to look for some specialities before ending our tour by the shores of the Victoria Lake at Entebbe.
The “Pearl of Africa” (as Winston Churchill call it) is one of the African countries with a richest birdlife, an extremely friendly country to travel in, and a wonderful place to get in contact with local cultures.
Carles Oliver has been travelling sub-Saharan Africa for long, from Senegambia to South Sudan, and from Ethiopia to South Africa, and leading birding tours to many of these countries. His passion for Africa is well known for every of the birdwatchers who have spent time in the field with him. This will be our 2nd tour to Uganda.
A book to help you understand Uganda: “The Last King of Scotland” (1998) by Giles Foden (1967).
Day 1 – Arrival to Uganda
Evening arrival to Kampala, where we will meet our local guide and drivers. Travellers in our off flights option are requested to arrive the day before since the tour can start really early in the morning.
Transfer to our Hotel for an overnight in a lovely guesthouse by the Lake Victoria shore. If time of arrival to Kampala is really late we may better drive directly to our first spot, to have better chances for Shoebill Stork and other goodies.
Transfer day to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park through the crater area with an important evening target; the boat cruise and Nightjars. During the transfer we will look for Sabine’s Spinetails, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Joyful Greenbul, Giant Kingfisher, Ashy Flycatcher and Ross’s Turaco as we cross different environs of the forest. During the drive further South we will enjoy the impressive Rwenzori Ranges, a wonderful volcano area! Once arrived to our cottage, we will enjoy a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, where will enjoy Swamp & Montane Nightjars.
Day 7. Queen Elizabeth NP: Maramagambo Jacana Trail,
Regular flights Barcelona / Kampala and Kampala / Barcelona, 13 nights of en-suite accommodation in twin room (please check single room supplement if required), full board meals (breakfasts, lunches and evening meals), bird guides and tour leaders, local guides, 4×4 air conditioned safari vehicles along the tour, all ground transport and boat trips, Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking permit, park & reserves entrances / fees, drinking water and tropical fruits in transfers, travel insurance. VAT included.
Transport to / from Barcelona airport, drinks, any other item not listed as “INCLUDED”.
Group will assemble in Barcelona International Airport for a morning, non-direct flight to Kampala.
Guests attending the tour with our off flights option will be welcomed at the airport by our hotel crew. Most flights coming from Europe arrive late in the evening.
All acommodations along the tour are offering en-suite rooms. We mainly go to first-class Lodges and Camps in all main locations, favouring also small, lovely Cottages when possible. All dinners are served in our accommodations. Please be aware than some nocturnal game drives can be done in the tour.
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH
Please check standard health and innoculation requirements applies in your local authorities. However, it is strongly advisable to take precautions agaisnt malaria for this tour, and innoculation against Yellow Fever. Please note that some prescription or over the counter medicines may be banned in Uganda, please check the Uganda Embassy before travelling.