First of all big thanks to all those in Uganda who regularly post such huge amounts of helpful advice on these forums. My wife and I are planning a trip to Uganda next year (either Feb or June). It is our first Uganda visit but we have been to a number of African countries and done several safaris. We have contacted Kabiza Wilderness Safaris and Nkuringo Walking Safaris for help with our itineraries based on positive reports on these forums. We love big game and birds in equal measure and we want to take our time and like to stay in places for min 3 nights to relax and really make the most of what is on offer (although we recognise that overnights can sometimes help to break a long road journey).
Our initial thoughts are as follows
Day 1 Arr Entebbe British Airways from London arrives 2340 so would need to stay close to airport
Day 2 pick up by driver/guide for private safari. Guide should be keen birdwatcher as we love birds. Drive to Lake Mburo (Mihingo Lodge) Stay 4 nights
Day 6 Drive to Bwindi (Nkuringo). Stay 3 nights with 2 days of gorilla trekking.
Day 9 drive to Kibale Forest (Kibale Forest Camp) for 4 nights
Day 13 Fly to Jinja from Mweya. Stay Wildwaters Lodge for 4 nights
Day 17 Fly Entebbe to London
Our main questions are not about whether these are the right lodges. We have done lots of research on these and are happy with our choices. The help we need is;
- Recommendations for breaking any long journeys e.g. Bwindi to Kibale?
- Driving times for our suggested itinerary?
- Whether flying to Jinja makes sense or what alternatives we should consider and how to break the journey sensibly if this is by road?
- What would you add to make a 21 day trip?
- Cultural trips/visits that we should add on?
- Considerations to choose between Feb or June as time of our visit?
- Anything we should not miss based on this trip?
In terms of add-ons possibles might include QENP for Kazinga channel, shoebill viewing, rhino sanctuary, community visits?
Thanks in advance - we are very excited about visiting this beautiful country for the first time.