29 April 2019

Into the wild: Uganda

For a fairly small, landlocked country, of which almost 25% is lakes and rivers, Uganda is full of adventure! The highlight for most of our clients is the opportunity to trek the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a very intimate, spiritual experience in itself. But, it has to be said, the country is also home to large savannah reserves, lowland rainforests and enchanting lakes which - in combination - make for one of the greatest wilderness experiences in Africa.

Natalie has recently returned home after an extensive, adventure filled journey through Uganda - walking alongside the most powerful body of falling water, exploring the ‘delta of the Nile’, visiting one the most remote tribes in the country, releasing some adrenalin in Jinja and ending with the great trek.

It’s a destination for the avid explorers amongst us, and those with great interest in traditional African culture. Those who love active trips in beautiful nature and who are passionate about wildlife and conservation will adore a journey through this emerging safari destination.

We hope this inspires you to explore more of Africa. We're here to guide you every step of the way.

MURCHISON FALLS 

Hiking to the falls and exploring the 'Delta of the Nile' - a beautiful stretch of the Nile River where the only sign of human activity are a few local fisherman! The birdlife is abundant - herons, kingfishers and fish eagles amongst many others. Fall asleep to the sounds of the hippos grunting is they emerge from the water.

              

KIDEPO VALLEY 

This beautiful reserve is very Serengeti-like. It is an epically beautiful region with lots of general game activity as you venture through the plains. High concentrations of waterbuck and lots of elephant and buffalo. The hike to reach the Ik tribe in the Morungole mountains in the far east is quite an experience and definitely worth the trip in itself.

              

 

JINJA  

Adrenalin capital! We stayed on a lush, tropical private island midstream in the mighty Nile, surrounded by the deafening rapids iconic for this region. So deafening that you may just need earplugs to sleep! Kayaking, river rafting, boat cruises, island walks, horse riding are just some of the adventures to choose from. Sunset on the first evening was simply breathtaking!

              

 

BWINDI 

The highest lodge in Uganda, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, sitting at 6,500 feet above sea level, looks out onto the Virunga volcanoes over the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. A short walk through the Nkuringo community opened our eyes to the local way of life - we planted a tree at the local school, met with Simon-Peter who welcomed us into his home and tried our hands a weaving - a local craft producing the most beautiful baskets!

               

GORILLA TREKKING 

It wasn't the easiest hike through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - it took us two hours to trek 1.2 miles down into the valley and across the wild tea plantation to reach the Bushaho family. Even in the dry season, the rainforest is a challenging environment: it's humid, wet and muddy with some steep slopes, plenty of insects and thick vegetation. It is absolutely worth the effort to spend time with gorillas in the wild, but be prepared to exert yourself on the trek.

              

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