Thursday, 14 May 2015

BEST OF UGANDA ADVENTURE



When you talk of adventure in Africa, many people get a wrong impression that its just wildlife and plains, on the contrary a big NO. when you decide to adventure no matter what your interests are, there are these untouched things you can do or more so combine in your safari just to spice it up. Uganda is a country endowed with a lot of wildlife, primates, great scenery, white water rafting, and above all with the most friendliest people on Africa. You will need to truly understand what Uganda is all about, nature and the local common person. Whether on self drive in Uganda or on guided tours consider the most spectacular adventure of a lifetime, just to say, Uganda has it all. Below is a detailed itenery that speculates all that Uganda has to offer in just two weeks. If you have an extra monies to hire a guide driver, preferably will enhance your trip giving you an insight of Uganda. 


Day 1. Transfer to the home of zebras – lake mburo national park
In the morning after breakfast, meet up for briefing for the safari trip. We can now proceed south of the country to lake mburo national park. Supposed to be 4 hours drive without stops.
·         Stop at the traditional drum makers and see what and how the different drums used to make different traditional sounds are made. The materials used and the process.

·         Stop over at the equator. Stand in between the northern and southern hemispheres. Have snap shots, there is an a 3 phase water-funnel experiment to showing the movement of wind 0n both sides of the eaquator and the middle part.

We will then arrive at the entrance gate of the park in the afternoon and we will head straight to the lakeside. Its beautiful for sight seeing. Activities involved in this park include,
Ø  Game drive around the park. Expect to see waterbucks, bushbucks,  impallas, zebras, buffalos,leopards, ellands,warthogs,kobs, lions, duikers,hippos, fish eagles and so many other mammals that nature will provide

Ø  Guided Nature walk in the park. You can see the animals upclose reaching them in silence without scaring them. This park is home to the zebras.

Ø  Boat cruise on the lake mburo national park. Water animals like the crocodiles, hippos, water buffalos can be seen. It’s a relaxing boat cruise.
Ø  Game bike rides. You can do bikes as you view wildlife on the cycle bikes. This gets you upclose.
Ø  Horse rides. You can as well ride horses and view the wildlife. Sometimes the zebras come close to checkout the new friends in the field the horses. This gets you upclose with them.
Whichever your choice is, you can always decide what to do and what to leaveout. Though we can  not do all of them.
Dinner and overnight at Eagles nest. A lodge positioned at the top a hill and overlooks the park. It’s a budget and nice and eco-friendly lodge.

Day 2. Lake mburo and the African experience.
After a nice breakfast we can headout for a morning game drive or do any of the activities you will want to do.
We can now head out of the park, heading south to lake bunyonyi. Many tourists stop at mbarara town to have lunch, but we can have a truly African traditional meal, prepared by an African woman in an African humble setting. More like a picnic. (this is not just a woman, but a mother we trust with clients) a lot you will learn as your guide narrates this whole experience during our lunch. It’s a dish prepared in a special way. Typically Ugandan. Its all about experience more than just adventure. You have no idea how it seems different with this. This is just to do away with the nomal lunches, we want to show you typical Uganda.
After lunch, we can proceed south to lake bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa after lake Tanganyika.. we will reach in the evening and check in at the lodge on the shore(bunyonyi overland resort) or you prefer at an island on the lake, (byonna amagara) these are both budget accomodations with unique experiences.

Day 3.  The “small Switzerland of Uganda” and batwa experience
After a relaxed morning breakfast, you can decide to do a canoe trip to visit most of the islands on this estimated 900m deep lake. Islands with traditional beliefs which the canoe guide will narrate to you. Some include the punishment island, upside-down island, epilepsy island and so many. You can as well canoe or boat to the extreme end of the lake, embark from the boat and hike a little bit to visit the batwa community. These are ancestors of the forest. (bwindi impenetrable national park) and were taken away from the forest since it was made a national park. They still practice very acient culture and still live in shark houses. They will dance the traditional songs and you will also join them in the dance. Dance to the traditional dance. The views of the lake here are incredible as you hike and as you descend back.
We can now head back to the lodge, have lunch and later proceed south to kisoro region. Great scenery awaits us as we head to this area. Check in at the travellers inn kisoro for dinner and overnight.


Day 4. Coffee tour, dugout canoe on a walking safari.
After having a nice breakfast, we will proceed for a walking safari, first for a coffee tour. The coffee tour starts from the farms and ends in an African home. Look, this is one of the best places with the best soils for the best coffee products. You will understand how it is done on the farm, you will harvest alittle, you will peel the beans, you will pound them in an African motor, you will sieve them, you will roast the beans in a local African ktchen,(gives you an idea how we cook food as well) you will grind the beans, get coffee, you will have an African setting table, you will taste the coffee accompanied by African bananas and peanuts. Look you will have beans sealed, packed for you to take back home. It’s a different experience on its own. So you will want to do something different than just sit in the car be driven, get on this lake, canoe around the islands, get on these islands and get to know the real African person. Visit these homes on the islands, get personal with the locals, have a great view
A very beautifull lake with many islands. The lake and cultivated shoreline are home to many common birds including Hadada Ibis, Crested Cranes and Black headed herons. The land area is dotted with small homesteads where villagers are to be seen cultivating their fields and attending to livestock. Potato cultivation is prolific in the dark volcanic soils, where cabbages, green beans and peas are all also to be seen farmed on what appears to be impossibly steep gradients. The Kigezi and Kisoro districts of Uganda despite being heavily populated contribute substantially to the countries overall food production. You will embark from the boat and visit these islands. Explore the real African life. Mingle with the locals and yesss don’t forget ugandans are the most friendliest people in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla camp.


Day 5. The ultimate wildlife encounter. Gorilla tracking.
Now this is the day for the once in a lifetime ultimate wildlife encounter, the Gorilla tracking experience. After breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for a briefing before you headout to the jungles. “I will talk about this, I will leave it for you to experience”. After the tracking and time is friendly, we will visit the top of the world view point just next to the lodge and you can get a clear view of the virungas, the rwenzoris, the bwindi, the plais and you can actually throw a stone in the democratic republic of congo. Its that close. We can return through the local village and have a local beer(if you do take) in a local bar, play village pool and mingle abit.  Dinner and overnight at nkuringo Gorilla lodge.

Day 6. Transfer and search for the tree climbing lions of ishasha.
This is actually a long days drive. After a nice breakfast, we can proceed through the bwindi driving around through buhoma side of the park. If you are nature walk lovers you can take a nature walk through the bwindi forest and I can randavous with the car around and meet you at acertain point in buhoma and we proceed through the ishasha plains, we can look for the tree climbing lions of ishasha, look at the wildlife and proceed upnorth to the queen Elizabeth national park. We will reach in the evening and checkin at the Bush lodge. A budget wilderness lodge that will give you a feeling of adventure located just at the kazinga channel that connects two lakes, lake Edward and lake George.
 
Day 7. The queen Elizabeth national park.
After a morning breakfast, we can now headout to the kasenyi sector, a place known for the cats. A lot of wildlife to see on this part of the sector. Lions and leopards are seen in this area plus so many animals and birds. We can proceed back to the lodge for lunch and later proceed to the mweya peninsular for the  afternoon lunch cruise. Encounter elephants, buffalos, bucks, large schools of hippos, crocodiles, African fish eagles, pelicans and so much. Its worth a cruise.
\we can now get back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Bush lodge.

Day 8. The rwenzori scenery, craters and the chimpanzee tracking.
After a hefty breakfast, we will then drive through the mountain ranges of rwenzori. Its good scenery and this is where we cross the equator back to the north. We will make a little stopovers to the local markets. Get to know how they do it here. Through the crater lakes, we will also drive thru the kibale forest for the chimpanzee tracking experience. Our closest relatives. ( I leave the experience for you to encounter)
Dinner and overnight at the chimpanzee forest guest house. 

Day 9. Swamp walk, community walk or top of the world view point- transfer to hoima
In the morning ofcourse after breakfast, we will have a morning to engage in some activities around the park. And some are,
·         Bigodi swamp walk. This is a loop around an eco friendly swamp. There are different types of monkeys to see here, plant species, and many birds including the beautifull Great Blue Turraco. This walk is an engagement with nature.
·         Community walk. This walk takes you through the surrounding community. You will visit local schools, markets, traditional healers and they will do their thing for you, homesteads and much more encounters.
·         Hiking to the top of the world view point. This treck takes you from the lodge and hike a little bit till the top view point of the region. You will be able to see crater lakes, tea plantations and the plains around this area. Its breathtaking and nice. A fruit picnic would actually make wonders.(but leave that for me)…
We can now drive through fortportal to hoima district. This is a drive just through the local villages and homesteads. And this we shorten the distance. Dinner and overnight at Hoima resort hotel.

Day 10. The murchsion falls national park where the longest river in the world passes
Ofcourse after breakfast we will head out for the murchsion falls national park. The biggest national game reserve in Uganda and a most scenic place. In between as we enter the park, there is a natural forest nice for nature walk, birds and there are chimpanzees as well. Its absolutely possible to do this. We can vist the top of the murchsion falls and proceed up for the afternoon boat cruise on the mighty river nile. There is a lot of wildlife to see on this cruise. Here you can decide to embark off the boat and hike till the top of the falls. I will pick you up with the car at the top of the falls and we head to the Fort murchsion lodge for dinner and overnight. This involves the ferry crossing with our car and us. A different experience on its own.

Day 11. Game drive and Rhino tracking
We wouldn’t have visited this park if we haven’t done a game drive. After breakfast, we can now head for the game drive on the northern bank of the park. Its just incredible wildlife to see here. Giraffes, elephants, kobs, jacksons heartbeasts, oribis, duikers, lions, leopards so much to see here.
We will then proceed south to the ziiwa Rhino sanctuary. In the afternoon after lunch, you will track the rhinos on foot with rangers and enjoy the walk. Dinner and overnight at amuka lodge.
 
Day 12.  Transfer to sippi falls./kapchorwa
An early breakfast and then drive through kampala, jinja and head straight to mbale destination as the sippi. Incredible scenery awaits you here. The view of the sippi falls is amazing and will get you aww’ing. You can hike the three falls, through the coffee and banana plantations, homesteads, view the chebonet falls as well. Dinner and overnight at mbale resort



Day 13. Traditional encounters
In the morning either in the wanale hill drive or up the kapchorwa didtrict, there is a possibility of encountering the public malecircumcision ceremonies. Youth boys at the age of !5 and above a re subjected to facing a sharp knife transforming into adulthood. You want to witness this you could be lucky to see this live. Its and interesting ceremony as all people of the village escort, dance, drink, hike mountains to this cerebrations. It’s a unique culture in Uganda with this practice done betwwen August till December. Dinner and overnigh at Sipi river lodge.


Day 14. Transfer to the tourism capital of east Africa.
After a nice breakfast, we can now drive back to jinja town. There are so many things to do in jinja including white water rafting, tubbing, cruises, visiting the source of the river nile and the john speke monurment. Its absolutely possible with anything on this day except the rafting starts in the morning. Jinja was names the tourism capital of east Africa. Dinner and overnight at the heavens, and yes and amazing place to be.

Day 15. Transfer to Entebbe/mabamba swamp tour.
After breakfast and depending on the choice of activities, there is also the mabamba swamp looking for the famous shoebill stockand other interesting water birds.This morning can also be a relaxed day before we start heading back to Entebbe next to the “big bus that flies in the air to take you back home”

Welcome to Uganda, welcome to Africa welcome to the peal of Africa. The reason why we are called the pearl of Africa.

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