We just returned from an eight day trip to Uganda. What a lovely country with lovely people. We used Africa Adventure Safaris, through our agent Nicholas. When one piece of our luggaged was delayed in Dubai, Mary and Wilbur from the company came to our hotel to figure out the best way to get the luggage to us without inturrupting our safari. they picked it up at the airport and put it on a bus to Fort Portal where we were reuntited with our belongings. Our trip was smooth, with everything arrange to the last detail. Our guide/driver Douglas was an excellent driver and very knowledgeable. Tourism is just taking off in Uganda and I hope the country is able to further develop this excellent source of income for the country. The lodging and guide industry is well under way, but the infrastructure, roads particularly, still needs some work.
We started with the Rhina trek, well worth the drive. Uganda is trying to reintroduce Rhinos as the entire population has been eradicated. At present there are 13 Rhinos all of which have been imported. It is a very interesting hour or so.
We then went on to Murchinson Falls. An amazing feat of nature, where the entire Nile River is squeezed through a 7 meter gap. There are many animals to see on the way to the falls. We stayed at the Paraa Lodge, very posh, where elephants came to feed in the evening.
After a long drive, with a stop to claimed our much missed luggage, we arrived at the Chimpanzee Guest House overlooking a tea plantation just on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a lovely spot to rest. The next morning we went in the Chimpanzee trek. It is a beautiful walk, and a wonderful experience with the chimps, who eat, romp and carry on life with no concern for the humans watching them. A must see in Uganda.
We transferred from there to to the Enganzi Lodge on a bluff overlooking the national forest. It was a lovely place, but rather out of the way. We did the Kazinga Channel bout cruise late in the day. We weren't expecting much, but boy were we wrong. The wildlife coming to drink in the late day is amazing, and the bird life beyond imagination. Don't miss this trip.
From there we went to the Gorilla Mist Lodge, a lovely establishment with impeccable service and great food. It is just mintutes from the ranger station where the O group, and few other groups of Gorillas are located. We successfully found and observed the O group, but it was a grueling 9 1/2 hours. I don't know if I am more excited that I saw there Gorillas or proud that I survived the trek.
The trip back to Kampala is a long drive as the road is under construction in many sections.
In all, I would highly recommend an adventure in Uganda. We did a safari in Tanzania a few ago, and while there are not the numbers of animals in Uganda, it is a different kind of experience, and just a worth it.