EXTEND YOUR TOUR WITH – MABAMBAS SHOEBILLS 21st-24th FEBRUARY 2023.
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- Two visits to the Mountain gorillas
- Two days with the Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park
- Visit to the highly endangered Golden monkey in Mgahinga National Park
- Visit to Bigodi swamp where we look for the monkeys Black and white colobus, Red colobus, Red-tailed monkey and Grey-cheeked mangabey
- Fantastic bird life with lots of exotic species where the Great blue turaco is the crown jewel
- We go to Uganda when it is NOT rainy season
- All local transports are in comfortable Toyota Landcrusiers
- The tour leader will show you their best spots and provide photographic advice to a small group that share the same interests/strong>
- We contribute to a local conservation project
During the British colonial era, Uganda was nicknamed the Jewel of East Africa and it is a name that still is valid for Uganda. The country is a real natural jewel with a huge diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. At the top of the list is probably the mountain gorilla, one of the world’s most endangered mammal species. Today, it is estimated that there are just under 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the wild and all live in the Virunga Mountains, located in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo-Kinshasa, and in the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable forest. To experience the mountain gorillas in the wild is something that you never will forget, perhaps it is one of the greatest nature experiences you can get. In order for us to both be able to experience and photograph the mountain gorillas in the best possible way, we have not just one “gorilla trek” but two. Visits to the gorillas are strictly regulated and the time you can spend with the gorillas is limited. By including two gorilla visits, we want to create as good opportunities as possible for our photography. We will visit the mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park or in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
The chimpanzee is one of Uganda’s other really brilliant jewels in nature. Together with the bonobon, the chimpanzee is the ape that is most closely related to humans, it shares about 99% of its DNA with modern humans. In order for us to experience this our closest relative up close and in peace and quiet both photograph and just enjoy the experience, we have two days with the chimpanzees. During our days with the chimpanzees, we start early in the morning to have time to find the chimpanzees before they wake up for the day. Then we follow them in their lives during the day, we pretend that we eat what they eat, we do what they do, etc. all to get as close to them as possible and experience the chimpanzees’ everyday life. A day with the chimpanzees means that once we have found them, we can spend about 4-5 hours with them.
During our days in Mgahinga National Park, we will also spend a day looking for the highly endangered Golden monkey that only lives in the Virunga Mountains in the border area between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo-Kinshasa. During our days among gorillas, chimpanzees and Golden monkeys, we will of course find many other exciting animals and birds that we are given the opportunity to photograph.
Bigodi wetland is a fascinating area. The reserve is known for its rich biodiversity, where there are several species of primates, including Eastern black-and-white colobus (Colobus guereza), Grey-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus albigena) and Red-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius). In addition to these species, which we have great chances to photograph, there are also Red colobus (Piliocolobus tephrosceles) and Mountain monkey or L’Hoest’s monkey (Allochrocebus lhoesti) i Bigodi. The latter, however, is very rare to see.
Bigodi is also very rich in birds and we will try to get good photo opportunities on the Great blue turaco which is the real jewel in the bird fauna in the area.
Day 1 (13/2) (Lunch – Dinner)
Arrival at Entebbe airport in the morning. We will drive to Kibale National Park and our lodge. Lunch on the way to the lodge. After check-in and some rest, we have a briefing about the tour and the day ends with dinner.
Day 2 (14/2) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Today, our primate experience really begins. After breakfast we head to the Bigodi wetland reserve to look for Eastern black and white colubus (Colobus guereza), Grey-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus albigena) and Red-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius). If we have some luck, we will get to see and be able to photograph also Red colobus (Piliocolobus tephrosceles) and Mountain monkeyor L’Hoest’s monkey (Allochrocebus lhoesti) as it also called.
We will also keep an eye out for birds when we hike in the area, here we have good opportunities to find the Great blue turacos.
We will spend the morning and afternoon in the reserve.
Day 3-4 (15-16/2) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
These two days we spend in the jungle with the chimpanzees. We start the days early to find the chimpanzees before they leave their night nests. We will follow the chimpanzees for about 4-5 hours and to get really close to them we participate in their everyday life. We will return to our lodge first thing in the afternoon / evening.
Day 5 (17/2) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Today is a transport day to Mgahinga National Park. We leave after breakfast and travel along the slope of Rwenzori and through the rolling hills at Kigezi. We have lunch along the way and surely we will find some nice photo stops along the way. We arrive at our lodge in the evening.
Day 6 (18/2) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Today we will start our hikes in the jungle in the Virunga Mountains and look for primates. First out is the Golden monkey. We have an early breakfast and bring packed lunches. After we have registered in the national park’s office, we head out into the jungle to look for the Golden monkeys. The search for the monkeys can take from one hour to up to four hours depending on where they are located, but expect that we are out pretty much all day. Mgahinga National Park is part of the Virunga Massif, which stretches across the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo-Kinshasa.
Day 7 (19/2) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Today is the day with a capital G, our first gorilla hike is on the agenda. We have an early breakfast and then we go to Mgahinga National Park. After the usual paperwork, our search for the mountain gorillas begins. Just like yesterday, it is difficult to say exactly what the day looks like as it depends on where the gorillas are, but when we find them, we will spend an hour with them.
Day 8 (20/2) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Just like yesterday, we spend the day visiting the mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park. Expect a full day out in the jungle and an experience you will never forget.
Day 9 (21/2) (Breakfast – Lunch)
Today ends our journey, if you have chosen not to join us on our extension to Mabamba wetland. After an early breakfast we head towards Entebbe and the airport. Flight home in the evening.