Uganda and Zambia Itinerary

Jul 30th, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Uganda and Zambia Itinerary

Here is a preliminary itinerary for next year. May change Ngamba to Jinja because we hear the Chimp Walk may be put on hold.

Looking for feedback. Thanks

Monday 24-Aug Depart LAX
Tuesday 25-Aug Layover in London
Wednesday 26-Aug Ngamba Island
Thursday 27-Aug Ngamba Island
Friday 28-Aug Kibale - Primate Lodge
Saturday 29-Aug Kibale - Primate Lodge
Sunday 30-Aug Bwindi - Gorilla Forest Lodge
Monday 31-Aug Bwindi - Gorilla Forest Lodge
Tuesday 1-Sep Bwindi - Gorilla Forest Lodge
Wednesday 2-Sep Overnight Lake Victoria Hotel / Similar
Thursday 3-Sep Overnight Lusaka Taj Pamodzi / Similar
Friday 4-Sep Mchenja
Saturday 5-Sep Mchenja
Sunday 6-Sep Mchenja
Monday 7-Sep Mchenja
Tuesday 8-Sep Chongwe Albida Suite (Waitlist Chiawa)
Wednesday 9-Sep Chongwe Albida Suite (Waitlist Chiawa)
Thursday 10-Sep Chongwe Albida Suite (Waitlist Chiawa)
Friday 11-Sep Chongwe Albida Suite (Waitlist Chiawa)
Saturday 12-Sep Depart LUN
Sunday 13-Sep Arrive LAX
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Jul 31st, 2008, 04:40 AM
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Any chance you'll actually see normal life in the countries you have chosen to visit?

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Jul 31st, 2008, 06:21 AM
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I am not sure what you are asking. If you mean people/villages. Then yes we will be driving in Uganda and have partial days to learn and interact. If I missed your meaning then sorry.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 06:50 AM
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One comment/thought on journey between Kibale and Bwindi, which is a nice, but relatively long, drive.

You likely will be driving near Queen Elizabeth NP, which is one of Uganda's best national parks (not as much wildlife as Kenya or Tanzania, but still worth visiting). You may want to consider a visit on the way, and Mweya Safari Lodge is a nice place to stay. Three days is a long time at Bwindi -- there's not much to do outside the one-hour gorilla treks.

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Jul 31st, 2008, 07:23 AM
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We were going to stay 2 nights in at Mweya. Changed it in order to be at the Zambia camps for four nights instead of three. Maybe we'll reconsider. Bwindi is for three nights due to the flight time out to Entebbe. Will double check though.
Thank you so much.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 08:14 AM
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I also didn't understand afterall's thread, but you pass through dozens of villages on your drives in Uganda. We stopped at several, and I still remember the roads lined with uniformed school kids, lots of farmers carrying huge loads of bananas, and herdsmen directing large groups of long-horned cattle. The villages make for nice stops, but unlike afterall, I don't think I'd want to spend the night.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 08:17 AM
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I agree about Bwindi. . .it's a total waste to spend an extra night there.
I would also consider scrapping the Ngamba visit. I know others disagree, but it really didn't move me -- it's basically a big zoo that covers the whole island.
Anyway if you are going to kibale you will see the real thing.
I also think you should also make room for something non-primate related in Uganda.
QE park and murchison falls are both very nice.
If you want to see Lake VIc., check out the Ssese islands or Bugalo. ..also great time and amazing birds.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 08:48 AM
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Once we finalize our air (not until September) we can fine tune the Gorilla Treks, and Bwindi. Ngamba will also be based on whether they are allowing the Chimp Forest Walk next year in the Summer/Fall. So your suggestions are very helpful as there will be changes based on the above variables.
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