Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Africa Was Awesome! Blog entry Oct 9, 2009
Day 1 Sept 6th 2009 - Uganda
Arrive at Entebbe Airport, probably the friendliest in Africa, welcomed by a Volcanoes guide and transfer to Hotel. O/N Kampala Serena (BB)
Day 2 Sept 7th 2009
Pick up from Serena. Briefing on the great African adventure. Set off on the southbound road at 10am. On the way see the royal drum makers, stand on the Equator, and bargain at the roadside markets. Descend to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping an eye out for game. O/N: Mweya/Jacana (FB).
Day 3 Sept 8th 2009
Go for an early morning game drive to seek out wildlife, rest during the heat of the day and then go on an evening game drive. The game seen will depend on the season; the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals. O/N: Mweya/Jacana (FB).
Day 4 Sept 9th 2009
An excursion to Kyambura Gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees, one of man's closest relations. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting. Alternatively go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest to see other primates and to visit the bat cave and the blue lake. In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where the wildlife and a vast array of birds come to drink. O/N: Mweya/Jacana (FB).
Day 5 Sept 10th 2009
Start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Either drive via Ishasha, home of the tree-climbing lion, roads permitting, or take the alternative route through cultivated expanses. Time permitting; go for a guided nature walk. O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).
Day 6 Sept 11th 2009
Go gorilla tracking, walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation . An inspiring moment! Tracking in Bwindi requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively go for a leisurely nature or community walk. O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).
Day 7 Sept 12th 2009
Go for a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies and monkeys. Alternatively go for a stroll around the Lodge or for a community walk. O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).
Day 8 Sept 13th 2009
Leave for Mgahinga. Make brief stops at places of interest including Kanaba Gap to view the dramatic Virunga volcanoes and the beautiful terraced hills. Proceed, via the frontier town of Kisoro, up the mountain to Mgahinga at 2,300m. O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).
Day 9 Sept 14th 2009
Climb the Muhavura or Gahinga volcanoes, or go for a nature walk or visit golden monkeys in Mgahinga. O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).
Day 10 Sept 15th 2009
Either relax or walk near the Lodge, or do one of the activities in day 8 in the morning (except gorilla tracking) and transfer to Rwanda after lunch . [Clocks go backward one hour]. Stroll around the Lodge, or simply take in the panoramic sunset over the volcanoes. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 11 Sept 16th 2009
Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans . Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 12 Sept 17th 2009
Go gorilla tracking again in Parc National des Volcans in the afternoon visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 13 Sept 18th 2009
Leave for Kigali. Time permitting; go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops and the genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport. (HB ).
Day 13 Sept 1 8 th 2009
Arrive at JRO at 19.10hrs meet and transfer to Arusha Acc. Mtn. Village Serena Lodge
Day 14 Sept 19 th 2009
Morning depart from Arusha to Lake Manyara N. Park for game drives Acc. Manyara Serena Lodge
Day 15 Sept 20 th 2009
Morning drive to Ngorongoro Crater, PM game drives or walk Dinner and Overnight at Serena Lodge
Day 16 Sept 21 st 2009
Full day game drives in the crater floor with picnic lunch Acc. Serena Lodge
Day 17 Sept 22nd 2009
Mid Morning depart from Ngorongoro to Arusha, lunch and then transfer to JRO for KLM flight. End of service.