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Arrived in Uganda, met my guests and went to visit one of the Tarzan film locations – the National Botanical Gardens of Entebbe – and had the most amazing birding experience! An absolute must see!
Ended the day off with dinner on the lake before heading to Kyaninga the next morning.
The flight from Entebbe was incredibly scenic – Our route took us over Lake Victoria, Lake Edward & Lake George before landing in Kasese.
Kyaninga Lodge is situated on top of an extinct volcano. The volcano is now filled with crystal clear rain water and is surrounded by a tropical forest with great birdlife.
On our first afternoon, we had a local guide take us on a walk around the perimeter of the volcano. We saw both Colobus and Vervet Monkeys, many new bird species and a interesting looking Flower Beetle.
We ended off the day with an ice-cold beer and swim in the volcano.
Day 3 was our first experience trekking Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. After about an hour trekking and following the hair-raising calls from the chimps, we finally caught up with a large family, who were feeding in the canopy of the forest.
A huge highlight had to be the walk through the forest, seeing forest elephant tracks, hearing the calls of the chimps and following a young male on the ground.
Day 4 was a 7 hour day trip by vehicle from Kyaninga to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Trip was long but great – we passed through a large section of Queen Elizabeth National Park seeing lots of elephants, buffalo and Defassa Waterbuck which was a new species of antelope for my guests.
The birding in Bwindi is exceptional, so I spent most of my downtime photographing and looking for new species, whilst my guests chilled out and drank G&T’s.
Day 5, after an early breakfast, we had a short walk to the main area where we were briefed and put into groups for our trek. After five hours of trekking we finally found a very relaxed family called the Rushegura Group. The family consisted of approximately 19 members including a beautiful 25 year old Silverback called Mwirima. The one hour experience with the family was life changing .
On our last full day, we trekked a separate family called the Habinyanja Group. This group consists of 18 members and was once part of the Rushegura Group but split off in 2002. Both experiences were incredible and I highly recommend doing two treks.
Pafuri, Kruger National Park, Londolozi, Cape Town, Franschoek, Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Mana Pools & Hwange National Parks
“Just over a week into my safari and I wonder how I’ve changed, if at all. Certainly the experiences I’ve had and things I’ve seen have shaped me in someway. But then, as if by some ancient, unspeakable memory, I remember… it’s in my blood.”