Uganda, the pearl of Africa
Uganda is a green, 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 Kenyan-Ethiopian plains in the north of the country, the lush forests of the Congolese jungles in the far west, the wondrous beauty of the Impenetrable Forest south of 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 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, and is 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 Elizabeth National Park with its rich variety of both birds and large mammals. From here, our journey continues to the remote south-western corner of Uganda to reach the mysterious Impenetrable Forest. Here the Gorillas have their stronghold and the poorly explored forests are rich in bird which are endemic to the Albertine Rift. Finally, we will visit Mburo Lake to look for some special species before ending our tour on the shores of Victoria Lake at Entebbe.
The “Pearl of Africa” (as Winston Churchill called it) is one of the African countries with the richest birdlife, an extremely friendly country to travel in, and a wonderful place to experience local cultures.
Carles Oliver has travelled to sub-Saharan Africa on many occasions, from Senegambia to South Sudan, and from Ethiopia to South Africa, and has led birding tours to many of these countries. His passion for Africa is well known to all 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 in Kampala, where we will meet our local guide and drivers. Travellers who have chosen our “book your own 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 on the shore of Lake Victoria. If time of arrival to Kampala is really late we may drive straight to our first spot, to have a better chance of seeing Shoebill Stork and other goodies.
We move on to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park through the crater area with an important evening target; the boat cruise and Nightjars. On our way we will look for Sabine’s Spinetails, Cassin’s Honeybird, 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 volcanic area! After arriving at our cottage, we will enjoy a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, where will enjoy Swamp & Montane Nightjars.
Day 11. Queen Elizabeth NP: Maramagambo Jacana Trail,
A very early morning start as we will walk up the slopes of this impressive African tropical forest. The Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can provide awesome encounteers with these huge apes. Please remember to follow all instruccions of our guides and the guards accompanying us. This is for both our safety and the safety of the Mountain Gorillas. In the afternoon we will walk down again as we keep looking for more birds including Mountain Wagtail, Dusky Crimsonwings, Black-billed Weaver, African Broadbill, Dusky Twinspot, White-headed Barbet, African Pygmy Kingfisher, African Black Duck, Petit’s Cuckoshrike, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Grey Apalis, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Olive Sunbird and Grauer’s Warbler, to name just a few, along with several species of monkeys.
Regular flights Barcelona / Entebbe / Barcelona if you choose the “flights included” option.
16 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 throughout the tour, all ground transport and boat trips, Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking permit, park & reserves entrances / fees, drinking water and tropical fruit en route, travel insurance. VAT included.
Transport to / from Barcelona airport (the tour participants chosing the off-flights option the meeting point will be Entebbe International Airport), Visa if required, drinks apart from water and any other item not listed as “INCLUDED”.
The group will assemble at Barcelona International Airport for a morning, non-direct flight to Entebbe.
Guests taking part in the tour with our “book your own flights” option will be welcomed at Entebbe airport and transported to our accommodation. Most flights coming from Europe arrive late in the evening.
All accommodations throughout the tour offer en-suite rooms. We mainly go to first-class lodges and camps in all the main locations, but also favouring small, lovely cottages when possible. All dinners are served in our accommodation. Please be aware that some nocturnal game drives can be done in the tour.
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH
Please check the standard recommended health and innoculation requirements which are available in your local area. However, clients are strongly advised to take precautions against malaria for this tour, as well as being vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Please note that some prescriptions or over the counter medicines may be banned in Uganda, please check with the Uganda Embassy before travelling.
A tourist Visa must be purchased before your arrival to Uganda. Most of Western countries citizens are required a Visa to enter Uganda. the cost of the tourist Visa is $50 USD aprox. Please check the Foreign Office or equivalent for your Visa requirements. We are happy to help all along this process.
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