Office Trip Reports

Mark and Miles Nolting in Uganda

LAKE VICTORIA and ENTEBBE

Departed from Hotel  No 5 with Francis our guide at 7am for the half day boat tour and visit to the Mabamba Swamp. We were successful in seeing a shoebill stork and were able to approach very closely to a number of other species.

MOST INTREPID – KIDEPO VALLEY

A two hour scheduled charter flight north to Kidepo Valley National Park, and onward to our base at Apoka Lodge. We were greeted warmly by staff and the managers, Richard and Esther.

Rewarded with some good wildlife sightings including buffalo, elephant, lion, large variety of antelope species, ostrich and zebra.  On the night game drive we saw warthog, porcupine, lionesses, and dwarf crocodile.

Near our sundowner spot we watched a lion lounging on the opposite riverbank, satisfied after eating a large portion of the buffalo carcass next to him. Various vultures and maribou storks warily watched, waiting to see if the lion would leave.

Enjoyed two nature walks escorted by the gregarious park ranger. Because they can’t track anything potentially perilous, it was much more of a nature walk than a walking safari.

Visit to the local village outside the park. Those who jump the highest seen as the strongest and most eligible!

MURCHISON FALLS – VICTORIA NILE

We arrived at our base Baker’s Lodge on the south bank of the might Nile River. Enjoyed Delta board rides, and to the bottom of the Murchison and Uhuru Falls themselves.

CHIMP TREK HIGHLIGHTS – KIBALE FOREST

Kibale National Park has over 1500 Chimpanzees. Each chimp family is meant to be visited by maximum 8 people with 36 permits available in the morning and afternoon. Epic sightings!

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – RUWENZORI MOUNTAINS

If one does the lion research encounter program in the morning, and the 4.00pm boat trip on the Kazinga channel then that pretty well covers Murchison! The boat cruise was exceptional on a 14 seater boat with a birding guide on board which was nice helping with identifications.

We also found the visit to the Katwe salt mining was very interesting.

This morning we went out with one of the lion research assistants and found two groups of lions that were far off road.

And then had great excitement in the Ishasha region with  two sightings of tree climbing lions.

BWINDI FOREST – Gorillas in the Mist coming next!

We trekked the Rushegura group (12-15 members) and it was a pretty easy trek of 4.5 hours. We had good sightings of the family group including Kabukojo the silverback.

Mark and Miles about to enter the Bwindi Forest.  Your gorilla permit purchase is important revenue for the local farming community.

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