A fantastic 14 day expedition to see the best of Africa. Beginning with a really worthwhile community project, it’s then off on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park before we complete our adventure tracking wild chimpanzee. We can gain invaluable life skills including leadership and teamwork on this once in a lifetime adventure!
Days 1-2 London – Entebbe
We fly to Entebbe, on the edge of Lake Victoria and take a short drive to Kampala, the dynamic capital of Uganda. We will navigate through the centre's notorious traffic jams and will transfer to our accommodation, where we will have time to settle in and familiarise ourselves with our new surroundings.
Day 3 Cross the Equator
Today we leave Kampala on a journey that will take us across the equator and through some of the most beautiful parts of Uganda. We will have the chance to stop and explore the equatorial belt, of course, taking our photos simultaneously standing in both hemispheres. We will then continue on to our base for the next few days where we can prepare for the start of our community project.
Days 4-8 Worthwhile Community Project
Despite the positive attitude and spirited nature of Ugandans, life has been, and continues to be, very difficult for the vast majority of the population. Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world and despite the new found stability and improvements in the bigger cities, these have yet to make it to many rural areas.
During our stay the team will work alongside the local community on a sustainable and worthwhile project; the exact details will be dependent on the requirements of the local community at the time we travel and will be assessed through a thorough needs assessment with the village chiefs.
Over the last few years we have worked closely with a number of remote rural communities, focusing our support on the needs of the local school. Our aim is the improvement of the lives of the children who study there.
Education has been a priority for recent governments of Uganda with the ultimate goal of free primary education for all. Unfortunately one third of the population is illiterate and resources are very limited; classes are hugely overcrowded and there simply isn’t the finance available for even the most basic supplies.
We have previously assisted with the improvement of poorly built classrooms and donated much-needed text books. Animal shelters for goats and chickens have provided a rare source of sustainable protein for the students whilst also teaching animal husbandry, a vital aspect of rural life.
We have also constructed much-needed rain water collection tanks to provide a safe source of clean drinking water. This not only provides invaluable drinking water for the students during the dry season but also allows them to care for their animals properly providing food for the community throughout the year.
As well as the manual work there will be plenty of time to have fun with the local children who love to learn new games and sports. We can organise some exciting lessons with them and they can teach us local dances and traditional songs culminating in a celebration of our partnership on the final day of our project.
Days 9-10 On Safari!
Today we travel further across Uganda; our destination is Queen Elizabeth National Park for a truly unforgettable safari experience. One of the most popular destinations in Uganda, it has levels of biodiversity unrivaled elsewhere in reserves across Africa and even the world.
After we arrive and settle into our safari camp, we will head to the shores of the Kazinga Channel where we will take a leisurely boat trip. The channel links Lake George and Lake Edward and as we gently cruise downstream, we will be able to see many of the incredible animals that live here, including elephants and buffalo. The channel is also home to one of the largest populations of hippos in the world.
During our safari experience we will also have the amazing opportunity to take an early morning game drive through the savannah grasses, hoping to spot lions, hyenas and leopards roaming wild in their native habitat.
Almost a hundred mammal species are found within the reserve, supported by the varied landscapes that this picturesque park encompasses. Bushland, wetland and forest all provide a multitude of opportunities to spot animals. There is also abundant bird life within the reserve which is home to more species of birds than there are in the whole of the UK.
There will also be time to kick back and relax at our safari camp where we can make the most of our time in the African bush.
Day 11 Chimp Tracking
On our final day in Queen Elizabeth National Park we travel to the Kyambura Gorge. In the eastern section of the park, this hundred metre deep gorge cuts across the surrounding savannah, providing a forest habitat for a habituated troop of chimpanzees.
Walking for between two and four hours under the expert direction of our Ugandan Wildlife Authority Guide, we have a reasonable chance of spotting these intriguing monkeys. We will navigate the sunken tropical rainforest of the gorge and surrounding savannah listening for calls and hoping to catch sight of these wild chimpanzees. Even if the chimpanzees prove elusive, there is a multitude of other wildlife encounters to be had...black and white colobus monkeys, baboons and blue-headed bee-eaters to name but a few! This is an utterly exhilarating experience to which few wildlife encounters can compare.
*Note that because of Park restrictions on group size, there may be a split timetable for the chimpanzee tracking.
Day 12 Return to Kampala
This morning we’ll travel back to Kampala giving us time to reflect on our incredible Ugandan experience. In the afternoon we will have the chance to explore this thriving and vibrant city. A visit to the National Museum and a chance to see one of the world’s few Bahai Temples offers an insight into the heart of the Buganda Kingdom.
Days 13 -14 Return to London
Today we make our way back to Entebbe in time for our flight back to London, taking with us a camera full or photos and memories to last a lifetime!
This small country, tucked away right in the heart of East Africa, truly lives up to its name as the ‘Pearl’ of this continent. It is surprising to find towering mountains and great lakes within easy reach of verdant forests and savannah plains and it seems there is nothing that this country doesn’t have to offer the budding explorer. Uganda will entice you with its world-class trekking and captivating wildlife experiences. A firm favourite of ours, it is a safe, welcoming country that once you have visited, we can guarantee you will want to return.
No expedition to Uganda would be complete without a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park, whether it’s to see the leopards and elephants in the north or the unique tree climbing lions of the south. On our expeditions, you have the opportunity to experience one of the most captivating wildlife experiences around: tracking wild chimpanzees. Watch as they swing, tumble and somersault through the canopy above you! If adventure is more your thing, then the Ruwenzori Mountains offer some of the most challenging trekking in the world: remote trails, misty forests and unique scenery have given rise to the entrancing nickname, ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Community is at the heart of this country and any expedition also offers the chance to make a life-changing difference; Uganda is brimming with potential and the friendliest and happiest people you are ever likely to meet - whatever kind of experience you are looking for, Uganda can accommodate it!
London to Entebbe
Cross the Equator
Travel to the Community Project
Worthwhile community project
Return to Kampala
Return to UK
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