Hi all. Working on an itinerary for my first visit to Uganda and I need your expert advice. We are especially interested in seeing the gorillas and chimpanzees, but would also like to see a variety of wildlife. We are not birders. In addition,we would like to visit the Abayudaya. In the U.S. or Europe, we would generally stay at small mid-level hotels if available. The full itinerary is at the bottom - here are the specific questions.
I had selected Murchison River Lodge in Murchison NP as it had great reviews on tripadvisor. However, one operator suggested I change to Paraa Lodge as it would be more convenient for game drives. However, it is more expensive and reviews are not as good. What do you think?
Is Bwindi to Kampala too long a drive for 1 day? One operator suggested we should break it up with a stop for one night at Lake Mburo NP.
We are spending an average of 2 nights/lodge. Is this reasonable or are we going to feel rushed?
Any other comments or advice?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Day 1 arrive Entebbe, transfer to hotel in Kampala
Humura Resorts or equivalent (doesn't have to be luxury but would like air conditioning)
Days 2,3 Mbale and visit Abayudaya
Day 4 Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
Days 5,6 Murchison Falls NP
This should include game drives in park, boat trip to bottom of falls and hike to top of falls
Murchison River Lodge
Days 7,8 Kibale Forest Forest National Park
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience CHEX
Days 9,10 Queen Elizabeth NP
This should include game drives and boat trip along Kazinga Channel.
Mweya Safari Lodge
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
2 days of tracking mountain gorillas
Day 14 return to Kampala
Humura Resorts or equivalent