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Intinerary 2.0 - your thoughts please

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After much deliberation I have decided to drop some days from my Uganda itinerary and add them to Kenya. As I have a great interest in cats as well as primates, I think I will have a better chance of seeing them in one of the Kenyan parks.

Here is my revised itinerary; I have removed the 5 nights that took me from Entabbe to Kibale via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (1), Murchison Falls NP (3) and Hoima (1).

Day 1 – Arrive Entabbe (Airport Guest House or Boma Lodge)
Day 2 – Ngamba Island – infant integration (Ngamba Island Tented Camp)
Day 3 – Ngamba Island – forest walk to Lake Mburo (Arcadia Cottages)
Day 4 – Lake Mburo – walking or horse safari, game drive (Arcadia Cottages)
Day 5 – To Mgahinga Gorilla NP (Travellers Rest Hotel or ?)
Day 6 – Mgahinga Gorilla NP – gorilla trek (Travellers Rest Hotel or ?)
Day 7 – Mgahinga Gorilla NP – golden monkey trek (Travellers Rest Hotel or ?)
Day 8 – To Buhoma (O/N depends on gorilla group)
Day 9 – Buhoma – gorilla trek (O/N depends on gorilla group)
Day 10 – To QE NP via ishasha (QE Bush Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge)
Day 11 – QE NP – game drive AM, Kazinga Channel PM (QE Bush Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge)
Day 12 – QE NP – Kazinga Channel AM, game drive PM (QE Bush Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge)
Day 13 – To Kibale – swamp walk in PM (Kibale Forest Camp or Primate Lodge)
Day 14 – Kibale – Chimp habituation (Kibale Forest Camp or Primate Lodge)
Day 15 – To Entabee (Airport Guest House or fly to Nairobi)

Questions:

Is there somewhere along this new itinerary that is similar to the Boomu Women's Group? I like to support women's initiatives.

Is the golden monkey treking as strenuous as the gorilla treking, will I need a rest day in between these two?

What is the nearest place to stay for the treking in Mgahinga Gorilla NP?

Thanks for your input - Joanne

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    Day 1 – Arrive Entabbe (Airport Guest House or Boma Lodge)
    Day 2 – Ngamba Island – infant integration (Ngamba Island Tented Camp)

    Wonderful! Make sure you know exactly what medical documentation you need. Without it, you won’t do the infant integ. Good idea to fax or email copies of required docs in advance and then bring the originals with you.

    Day 3 – Ngamba Island – forest walk to Lake Mburo (Arcadia Cottages)

    You are doing a morning forest walk in Ngamba? Or you are walking in the forest to Lake Mburu? Do ask for boat transfer and drive times. But this is more reasonable in time than Uganda 1.0

    Day 4 – Lake Mburo – walking or horse safari, game drive (Arcadia Cottages)
    If a horse riding is something you’d really like to incorporate, then this is a very nice addition. Otherwise my 2 Lake Mburo visits were fine but not a place I’d devote time if spending 2 weeks in the country. But I did no horseback riding there.

    Day 5 – To Mgahinga Gorilla NP (Travellers Rest Hotel or ?)
    Day 6 – Mgahinga Gorilla NP – gorilla trek (Travellers Rest Hotel or ?)
    Day 7 – Mgahinga Gorilla NP – golden monkey trek (Travellers Rest Hotel or ?)
    Advice from someone who has been to Mgahinga would be best. Based on the unpredictability of gorillas in Mgahinga, I would not chose this destination unless I were doing numerous treks at in other parks as well or unless that was all my budget allowed. These gorillas sometimes go to DRC where they could not be followed. Maybe that has changed.

    Day 8 – To Buhoma (O/N depends on gorilla group)
    Day 9 – Buhoma – gorilla trek (O/N depends on gorilla group)
    I’d do all visits in Buhoma

    Day 10 – To QE NP via ishasha (QE Bush Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge)
    Day 11 – QE NP – game drive AM, Kazinga Channel PM (QE Bush Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge)
    Day 12 – QE NP – Kazinga Channel AM, game drive PM (QE Bush Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge)

    Very nice. I like 3 nts here, especially for two Kazinga Channel visits. It gives more time also to enjoy the lovely terrain. I recently learned about mongoose tracking from Mweya, which I think would be great. I think this is new and I never did any official mongoose tracking, just unofficial observation of the mongoose on Mweya grounds. Do investigate this possibility if you are interested. If you needed to cut days, though, 2 nights Mweya is typical.

    Day 13 – To Kibale – swamp walk in PM (Kibale Forest Camp or Primate Lodge)
    Day 14 – Kibale – Chimp habituation (Kibale Forest Camp or Primate Lodge)
    Great.

    Day 15 – To Entabee (Airport Guest House or fly to Nairobi)

    Questions:

    Is there somewhere along this new itinerary that is similar to the Boomu Women's Group? I like to support women's initiatives. Sorry, can’t help there.

    Is the golden monkey treking as strenuous as the gorilla treking, will I need a rest day in between these two? One visit was about the same, the other was easier. Just depends on where the gorillas and the monkeys are. I wouldn’t take a day of rest in between if you are in decent physical shape and spending 2 weeks in Uganda.

    What is the nearest place to stay for the treking in Mgahinga Gorilla NP? Sorry, cannot help

    If you are looking at this as a once in a lifetime or close to once in a lifetime trip, then Uganda plus Kenya makes sense. If you will be returning to Africa in a couple of years, I’d do Uganda for this trip and on the next trip go to Kenya.

    Regarding cats, while I would bet you’ll see far more in Kenya, I have seen at least a couple of lions on each of my 3 QE visits and I saw lion and leopard on my Murch Falls game drives—and half of that 3 night stay was devoted to water activities with no cats.

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    Thanks atravelynn. I think I will do both of my gorilla treks in Buhoma, I was just thinking the bamboo in the Mgahinga area would give a trek similar to what is experienced in Rwanda as I have chosen not to go there. I will still do the golden monkeys here though so I should get the bamboo experience.

    Not sure if this is my once in a lifetime trip but because there are other places in Africa that I want to see (Namibia, Ethiopia, Western Africa) plus elsewhere in the world, I don't know when I will get back so will keep Kenya in my program.

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