Uganda Wildlife Relocation & Conservation Small Group Tour (with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka), June 2020
 
16 day tour
Including flights and transfers
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£8540

Tour Highlights

  • Gorilla Trek with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
  • Charles Etoru as Tour Leader
  • Understanding of the Involvement of African Wildlife Foundation and the Uganda Conservation Foundation
  • Relocation & Translocation Practices of Wildlife Populations
  • Chimpanzee & Human Conflict
  • Wildlife Conservation Talks & Presentations by Rangers, Guides, Head Wardens
  • One-to-One with Rangers
  • Weapons Security, Wire Snare Removal, and Anti-Trafficking Programme
  • Interactive Talks with Reformed Poachers
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Uganda Wildlife Relocation & Conservation Small Group Tour (with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka), June 2020

Uganda      Rwanda

This is a truly inspirational and immersive small group set tour for June 2020. Our itinerary takes a maximum of 12 lucky participants in two 4WD vehicles on the journey of a lifetime - one which is filled with awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, stunning scenery and warm, hospitable people.

Apart from taking in an array of unforgettable wildlife sightings, the tour allows you to delve deeper into the relationship between the wildlife, the park authorities and the permanently resident communities. Spend time tracking endangered Mountain gorillas in Uganda and/or Rwanda, something with which few wildlife experiences anywhere in the world can compare. 

Learn about Mountain gorilla and wildlife conservation through the eyes of the local rangers, the guides, wardens and various specialists during talks, presentations, and discussions with the Gorilla Doctors/Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project; the Lion Monitoring/Uganda Carnivore Predator Programme, and the Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) organisation. Enjoy authentic cultural experiences with the Batwa in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and at the Ndere Centre in Kampala.

Group Size: minimum 4 - maximum 10 participants.

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Day 1
03 June 2020: London Heathrow - Kigali
Fly from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Kigali, Rwanda. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your dedicated, professional, English-speaking, Ugandan driver-guide/tour leader, who will transfer you to your hotel where you stay overnight and meet the rest of your party, with breakfast included (approx. 30min drive).
Accommodation: Heaven Boutique Hotel
         
Day 2
04 June 2020: Kigali - Mgahinga Batwa Settlement Walk - Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast, your dedicated, experienced and professional, English-speaking driver-guide/tour-leader will meet you at the hotel. You will drive to the Ugandan border, cross into Uganda to the boundary of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (an approx. 4hr drive).
 
Covering only 33.7km2, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park. Many regard its location on northern slopes of three extinct volcanoes - Mt Muhavura (4,127m a.s.l), Mt Sabyinyo (3,634m a.s.l), and Mt Gahinga (3,474m a.s.l) – as the most scenically impressive in the country. The volcanoes are three of the six which mark the southern limit of the Albertine Rift Valley and are divided between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their slopes contain various habitat types varying according to altitude and the peaks provide a dramatic backdrop to a gorgeous location. The park is of salutary cultural significance to the original forest inhabitants, the Batwa.
 
By late morning, you will enjoy a penetrating cultural experience: you will meet the Batwa during the Batwa Settlement Walk, something which has been gaining in popularity due to its authenticity. A 45min walk through picture-perfect, fertile rural countryside, will bring you to the temporary homes of the Batwa. Joined by an official translator and mediator between the Batwa and the management of Mt. Gahinga Lodge, guests have the opportunity to ask the Batwa questions. This is not a staged: you can ask challenging and contentious questions relating to their (the Batwas’) forced eviction from the forests and the unfulfilled promises on the parts of the Ugandan government and the Uganda Wildlife Authorities (UWA). Expect honest and sometimes shocking replies.
 
Time permitting, you have the chance to visit the Batwa Vocational Centre to see the inspiring educational work being conducted by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) with the Batwa. VSPT has donated some land on which the Batwa learn to cultivate potatoes and wheat. Additionally they are taught sewing and craft-making skills. They are encouraged to sell their products and handicrafts to generate income for medication and food.
 
After lunch, you enjoy another varied and very interesting drive passing the wonderfully scenic Lake Mutanda en-route to Nkuringo in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where you will stay for the next two nights (an approx. 2.5hrs drive).
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
                 
Day 3
05 June 2020: Uganda Gorilla Tracking with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka!
After an early breakfast, you will be taken to the park HQ for a briefing at 07:00 on conduct during gorilla tracking. You will then meet Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka and her team of experienced ranger-guides who will take you into Bwindi's Impenetrable National Park, to seek out one of the resident, habituated Gorilla groups. ‘Dr Gladys’ as she is affectionately known, started the Conservation Through Public Health’s (CTPH) Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre veterinary unit at Uganda Wildlife Authority, and was the first full time gorilla veterinary doctor in Uganda.
 
Time taken to reach the Gorillas varies from as little as 45mins to a few hrs. They may be in bamboo habitat or in closed forest. Once the Gorillas are located, you will be allowed a max of 1hr with them. This is one of the most memorable and awe-inspiring wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in the world – superlatives simply fail to convey just how impressive it is. During the excursion, you may see other forest wildlife such as L’Hoest’s monkeys, Black-fronted duiker, Forest squirrels and various birds unique to the Albertine Rift, notably colourful Rwenzori turacous.
 
You don’t have to be an athlete to take on Gorilla tracking, but you do have to be prepared to traverse fairly steep, rough and uneven terrain for what could be a lengthy period of time. Rangers and porters always go at the speed of the slowest walker, and you will be able to make several stops for drinks or snacks.
 
This evening, you enjoy dinner with ‘Dr Gladys’ where she will tell you more about the CTPH, its history and its aims. The CTPH was founded in 2003, when scabies in gorillas was traced back to people resident around the park who have very little access to health care and to education about hygiene and disease prevention. So CTPH set about building a Gorilla Research Clinic, which then became the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre. During dinner, you learn about gorilla health monitoring, gorilla conservation; community well-being and livelihood. You will also learn about work under way with community health, which is essential to prevent diseases being transmitted between humans and gorillas.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
                 
Day 4
06 June 2020: Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Ivy River Trail - Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you will be transferred a short distance to Nteko village, the start point of an amazing walk through Bwindi forest to the Buhoma sector of the national park. This 5 hour ‘Ivy River Trail’ gives guests the chance to encounter various forest-dwelling species of monkey and wonderful birdlife. Take in stunning mountain and canopy views as you descend steeply, crossing the Ivy River into the rainforest. Upon exiting the Bwindi forest at Buhoma village, enjoy lunch, overlooking the rainforest canopy.
 
Upon exiting the Bwindi forest at Buhoma village, enjoy lunch at Bwindi Lodge, overlooking the rainforest canopy. After lunch, time permitting, you have the opportunity to visit the Conservation Through Public Health’s (CTPH) Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre, headed by 'Dr. Gladys'.
 
Finally, you meet your driver-guide and vehicle for the transfer north to the remote Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you stay overnight (an approx. 3hr drive). During this drive, landscapes change from lush green, fertile and mountainous terrain to hot, dry, and flat savannah country. Time permitting, you enjoy a sundowner in Ishasha.
Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
         
Day 5
07 June 2020: Ishasha (Game Drives & Reformed Poachers Initiative) - Mweya, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Ishasha is an alluring, quiet off-the-beaten track game viewing area and is renowned for its tree-climbing lions. This morning, you explore Ishasha, driving over the plains in open savannah searching for herds of Buffalo, Uganda Kob, and Topi, as well as the tree-climbing Lions amongst the many wild fig trees that dot the landscape. You also visit the Uganda Kob mating grounds, a preferred hunting area of the Lions. This morning, weather permitting, you enjoy a wonderful bush breakfast.
 
This afternoon, you journey to the Mweya sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (an approx. 3hr drive). En-route, Today, you are scheduled to meet the Reformed Poachers Experiential Tourism Initiative in/around the Ishasha and Kyambura area where you learn how they are managing after denouncing poaching and how to support such groups including the Queen Elizabeth Parks Project.
 
The discussions will revolve around the reasons behind poaching - story telling, restorative approaches used by rangers and different tools used in poaching today, etc. We believe that collaborative work with visitors helps people understand the implications and better practices applicable in conservation. All support/ funds got through these activities help in strengthening the ranger workforce and community livelihoods.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
 
Day 6
08 June 2020: Uganda Carnivore/Lion Monitoring Programme & Kazinga Channel Boat Trip!
This morning, you will meet a researcher of the Uganda Carnivore/Lion Monitoring Programme who will join you in our vehicle for a unique wildlife experience that focuses mainly on the Lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
 
During this activity, you help to track the carnivores via radio-telemetry in order to monitor their movements into conflict ‘hot zones’, where they face the danger of encountering resident people and livestock. You will learn how the results help to formulate recommendations for appropriate management of carnivores in the national park, and you learn how this assists the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in conflict mitigation, as well as wildlife rescue and relocation operations. You will also learn about the importance of involving community-based activities to increase local participation in wildlife conservation.
 
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, a channel connecting Lakes Edward and George. The Kazinga Channel is home to one of the greatest concentration of Hippo in Africa and herds of Elephant, Cape buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, Bushbuck, Ugandan kob, Warthog, and other mammals come to drink at the waters edge. Birdlife is abundant.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
 
Day 7
09 June 2020: Anti-Trafficking Programme, Chimpanzee Migration Corridor & Banded Mongoose Research Project!
This morning, the group enjoys a 'One-to-One' with a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Ranger (incl. Weapons Security/Wire Snare Removal/Law Enforcement/Anti-Trafficking Programme/Uganda Conservation Foundation). It is important to recognise that rangers, who are well facilitated, are fundamental to protecting and safeguarding conservation areas. Without rangers, more wildlife will be lost to many illegal activities creating long term human-wildlife conflicts. The project therefore, acknowledges the vital purpose of having well skilled rangers who on day-to-day protect and manage wildlife. Through organised planned guided walks one to one with a ranger, visitors get first-hand information.
 
You are then transferred the short distance to the entrance of Kyambura Gorge where you enjoy a presentation talk with a member of the Chimpanzee Migration Corridor. This discussion will surround chimpanzee and human conflict - the need to restore a migration corridor for their long-term survival (an approx 1hr talk).
 
This afternoon, you visit the Banded Mongoose Research Project located on the Mweya peninsula, which supports a population of over 400 banded mongooses living in twelve social groups. You will meet one of the team of skilled fieldworkers collecting data from one of the banded mongoose groups. The Banded Mongoose Research Project uses the Mweya mongoose population as a model system to investigate the evolution of animal societies; to answer questions about the evolution of cooperation and the resolution of conflict in wild mammals.
 
Current research focuses on; Causes and consequences of reproductive conflict among females Variation in helping effort among group members The function of scent marking Decision making in social groups Social learning Hormonal regulation of cooperative and aggressive behaviour Senescence and ageing Pup vocal communication
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
 
Day 8
10 June 2020: Mweya, Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kaniyo Pabidi, Budongo Forest Reserve
After an early breakfast, you are met and transferred the short distance to the Mywea Airstrip in time to catch your light aircraft flight to the Bugungu Airstrip in the southern sector of Murchison Falls National Park (an approx. 2hr flight).
 
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo Forest Reserve (an approx. 1½hrs drive). Budongo Forest Reserve is home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda with a population of about 800, but is also home to array of birds and other animals. At Kaniyo Pabidi, a community project exists where local guides take guests out chimpanzee tracking or on birding walks through the forest. It is home to 9 different species of primates, over 360 species of birds, over 290 different types of butterflies and some of the oldest trees in Uganda.
Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge
Day 9
11 June 2020: Chimp Habituation Experience - Murchison Falls National Park
Today, you spend a full day in Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo Forest Reserve in the presence of the chimpanzees and study their behaviour.
 
By late afternoon, you are transferred through Budongo Forest Reserve to the edge of Murchison Falls National Park and on the banks of the River Nile (an approx. 1.5hr drive), where you will stay for the next three nights.
Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
         
Day 10
12 June 2020: Game Drives & Murchison Falls Boat Trip!
This morning, you hop onto a small petrol powered car ferry that will transport you across the River Nile and onto the northern section of the park. It is this section where most of the larger mammals inhabit, animals such as Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Lions, etc. and therefore you enjoy an exciting game drive en-route to your lodge where you are likely to arrive sometime during the early evening.
 
An afternoon boat trip on the Nile gives you the opportunity to explore the park from a different perspective. Stirring upstream towards the falls, you search for the animals and birds that inhabit this lush riverine area. You might encounter large pods of Hippo and huge Nile Crocodiles basking along the riverbanks. Elephant are frequently observed playing in the water, often within a few metres of the boat. Defassa waterbuck, Warthog, Bushbuck, and Cape buffalo frequent this area. Troops of Olive baboons and Black and White Colobus monkeys also inhabit the riverine woods. In sight of the falls, you have the opportunity to depart the boat at the base of the falls to begin a hike to the top of the falls (approx. 90min walk). This is a breathtaking natural spectacle.
Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
         
Day 11
13 June 2020: Park Management Talk with UWA Ranger & Game Drive!
This morning, you venture out on another wonderful game drive in the national park in search of the Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Warthog, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Jacksons Hartebeest, Uganda Kob, etc.
 
This afternoon, you enjoy a presentation talk with a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) ranger/warden. The talk will discuss issues that surround the Management of the Park, Operation Twiga (giraffe relocation), and the Uganda Conservation Foundation. It is said that the Nubian and Rothschilds giraffes of Gambella and Murchison Falls respectively, have been found to be 'one and the same' according to genetic studies. You will find out how the giraffes have been settling in south of the Nile River, and discover how successful the transportation of the genetic ark has been to date. You will also learn about Weapons Security/Wire Snare Removal/Law Enforcement/Anti-Trafficking Programme, the human-wildlife conflicts that exist in/around the Murchison Falls area.
 
Time permitting, you venture out on a late afternoon game drive in the national park.
Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
         
Day 12
14 June 2020: Murchison Falls National Park - Kidepo Valley National Park
Today, you are transferred northeast to Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda's remote north (an approx. 7-8hr drive). Kidepo is at the crossroads of the Kenyan, Sudanese and Ugandan ecosystems, and therefore provides an amazing wildlife experience in a remote and pristine wilderness. You will stay here for the next three nights.
 
This evening, you enjoy a nocturnal game drive in the national park.
Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Day 13
15 June 2020: Game Drive
This morning, you venture out on a game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park, and wildlife dependant, explore the tracks/circuits in/along the remote Narus Valley, where much of the wildlife congregate for a large part of the year. Kidepo is home to 28 animal species not known to occur in any other park in Uganda, and over 460 species of bird. You will search for lion, leopard, cheetah (only park in Uganda with cheetah), elephant, giraffe, zebra, ostrich and large herds of buffalo as well as rarities such as the tantalus monkey.
 
This afternoon, you enjoy a late afternoon game drive and sundowner.
Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Day 14
16 June 2020: Mount Morungole Hike & the Ikaramojong Community
Today, you spend the whole day venturing up Mount Morungole in the remote hills of northern Karamoja to visit the Ikaramojong (Ik) Communities, Uganda's most remote and smallest tribe, with only 10-11,000 individuals left. This full day excursion will enable guests to learn more about the cultural habits of the Ik, and view stunningly beautiful scenery, simply breathtaking scenes in the valleys below and into the Eastern Rift Valley of Kenya and over to Southern Sudan.
 
Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Day 15
17 June 2020: Kidepo Valley National Park - Entebbe
This morning, you enjoy a 'One-to-One' with a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Ranger in Kidepo. You will learn about the issues that surround the Management of the Park and learn about Weapons Security/Wire Snare Removal/Law Enforcement/Anti-Trafficking Programme, the human-wildlife conflicts and future planned translocation programmes.
 
After lunch at the lodge, you are transferred to the Kidepo Airstrip, game driving en-route, in time to catch your light aircraft flight to Entebbe Airport (approx. 15:00 - 16:30).
 
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Papyrus Guesthouse where you enjoy an evening room to freshen up, and a farewell dinner (NB. lunch, dinner, & evening room have been included in the cost of your trip. Excludes drinks).
 
Finally, you are transferred to Entebbe Airport, where you will say your goodbyes and to check in for your overnight flight back to London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports).
Day 16
18 June 2020: London Heathrow
Today, you will arrive back into London Heathrow (LHR) (or selected other UK Airports)

Pricing Information & Dates

16 day tour, from £8540 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
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DATES: 03 - 18 June 2020
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Group Size: Minimum 4 - Maximum 10

* Return international flights from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Kigali; Entebbe to London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) in Economy Class seating
* Accommodation in double or twin rooms
* All meals as listed
* All transfers and comfortable, 4-wheel drive transportation
* Services of your dedicated, professional, experienced, English-speaking Ugandan driver-guide as tour leader.
* All excursions and activities as per itinerary
* 1 Uganda Gorilla permit per person
* All National park/wildlife reserve entry permits and park guide and scout fees
* Bottled mineral water

Single Room Supplement: £1,175
Price Excludes
* Uganda Visa (US$50, must be applied for online in advance), and Rwanda Visa (US$30, purchased upon arrival into Kigali Airport)***
* Any meals not mentioned on the itinerary
* Drinks
* Items of personal nature (travel insurance, phone calls, laundry)
* Tips

***You might prefer to apply for an 'East Africa Tourist Visa' this costs US$100 and it must be applied for online, in advance from the Rwanda High Commission/Embassy

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