Uganda Expedition: Rhinos, Falls & Chimps

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    Venture to Kampala for an eclectic expedition through the wilds of Uganda

    While gorillas occupy plenty of the limelight when it comes to Uganda adventure travel, rhino tracking is every bit as thrilling – and easily accessible. Join a 6-day round-trip expedition from Kampala that showcases one of Africa’s most exquisite beasts in its element. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary offers not only rhino-tracking with experts, but also some unforgettable birdwatching – out on the waterways of the Lugogo Wetlands. Continue to Murchison Falls National Park to see the mighty Nile dump spectacularly into Lake Albert, with plenty of time to get amongst the mahoganies and ironwoods of Rabongo Forest – the stomping ground (or perhaps swinging ground) of chimpanzees. Full of real life experiences, dramatic landscapes and a diverse array of wildlife sightings in the African bush, this Uganda expedition could only be described as a next-level adventure.


    Day 1: Kampala
    Welcome to Uganda – a country of great cultural diversity! On arrival in Entebbe Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kampala by our representative. This evening head out into Kampala for an included group dinner to get to know your fellow travellers. (D)

    Day 2: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
    Head towards Nakasongola District where Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is located. Check into your lodge, then take short nature walk to stretch your legs. There will be a talk to the group about the rhino re-introduction project at the sanctuary and learn your lodge helps the Rhino Fund of Uganda, with 10% of their revenue going towards operations and the upkeep of the rhinos. Bordering the sanctuary is the Lugogo Wetlands. This wetland is an integral part of the ecosystem and is home to a multitude of animals and rare birds. In addition to the shoebill canoe ride scheduled for tomorrow morning you’ll be able to check out the birdlife on an optional nature walk. (B, L, D)

    Day 3: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
    Rise nice and early this morning for a canoe ride in search of the unique shoebill bird in the Lugogo Wetlands. Avid birdwatchers will be delighted; in addition to the shoebill, more than 350 species of bird are found on the sanctuary. Among them are white crested turacos, giant kingfishers, palmnut vultures, barbets, and 11 of the woodpecker species, including the speckled-breasted woodpecker. After lunch at the lodge, we head into the sanctuary to track rhinos on foot. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and its resident beasts are patrolled and monitored by Rhino Fund Uganda’s own rangers on a 24/7 basis. (B, L, D)

    Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park
    After breakfast, check out and proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. We’ll drive through the park and cross the Victoria Nile river to arrive at our lodge. After lunch and some free time, take a boat ride along the river towards Murchison Falls, looking out for crocodile and hippos. When reaching our destination, we hike a short distance to check out the impressive falls. While the cascades don’t drop a large distance to the river below, the force of the water is quite amazing; the Nile forces its way through a small gap in the rocks before flowing westward into Lake Albert. (B, L, D)

    Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park
    Today is a free day to either relax or take up some optional activities. A great option is to visit Kaniyo Pabidi, on Masindi road – it’s a beautiful natural forest dominated by giant mahogany and ironwood trees. Here chimpanzees can be tracked from Kaniyo Pabidi tourism site, which is run by the Jane Goodall Institute. Birdlife here is also abundant and includes the chocolate-backed kingfisher, the white-thighed hornbill, and Puvel’s Illaposis which are endemic to the region. Another option for today is to explore Rabongo Forest is an island of tropical river forest set in a sea of grassland in the south-east of the conservation area. Exploring on foot there is highly recommended – you might come across primates such as the black-white colobus, red tailed monkey, baboon or even a chimpanzee. (B, L, D)

    Day 6: Kampala
    Today we farewell the lush Murchison Falls National Park and head back to Kampala, where the trip draws to a close. (B, L)

    Included activities

    • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Rhino Trekking
    • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Shoebill Canoe Ride
    • Murchison National Park – Waterfall Hike
    • Murchison National Park – Boat Cruise

    TIN-TGKU Uganda Expedition
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