Uganda 2017

offering tours aimed specifically at finding and photographing dragonflies and damselflies around the world

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

The 2017 Uganda tour

Dates: 1st to 17th February 2017 (17 days).

Leaders: KD Dijkstra and Phil Benstead

 

Group size: 7-10 (plus two leaders)

 

Route

Day 1 sees us all drifting into Entebbe by air, we will be picked up and transferred to a nearby hotel for overnight recovery. Our first proper day in the field starts with us driving early to Mabamba Swamp, famous for its iconic shoebills, but which also hosts a number of Odonates that we will hunt out as we take a boatride into the wetland. In the afternoon we proceed to Lake Mburo NP. After a morning session we continue on our way to Ruhiza for a two-night stay. Day 4 offers the option to trek after habituated mountain gorillas or walk down into the nearby Mubwindi Swamp for odonates and some special birds. The next day we transfer to Buhoma via The Neck, which offers some great opportunities for dragonflies and damselflies. We have two nights at Buhoma, spending the next day along the main trail.

 

Day 7 sees us on the move again and we overnight at Queen Elizabeth National Park after a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel. The next day we will have some time to look at the savanna section of the park for mammals or more wetland edge (there are crocodiles here though...) before heading on to Kibale on Day 8 for another two night stay. Day 9 sees us with the option of chimp tracking and birding in the forest or a trip to nearby Bigodi Swamp and the streams in the park for odonates.

 

Day 10 sees us packing pour bags again for a rambling transfer north to Masindi where we stay for two nights. An early start the next day sees us searching the Royal Mile at Budongo for wildlife. Day 12 finds us transferring to Murchison Falls NP with boat trip and a hike to the falls on the cards. Day 13 sees us boating to the delta (another chance of shoebill here) and then searching the park once more. Day 14 sees us heading back to Masindi for another night there. Heading for Kampala on Day 15 sees us staying on the outskirts of town on the edge of Kasenge Forest and surrounded by small ponds ideal for tracking down any of the widespread libellulids that might have eluded us. Day 16 sees us exploring the environs of our accommodation and checking the nearby Zika Forest (yes – bring your mosquito repellent!). Our final day (17) will see us checking the botanical garden in Entebbe before heading for the airport and our flights home.

 

Cost

Tour price is £4225 (deposit £425), single supplement £250. The gorilla permit is a further $600 (payable in Uganda, but we need to know if you intend to go for the gorillas when you book). Tribal discounts may occur if the £ rallies post-Brexit and you have travelled with us before...

 

Flights

You need to get to Entebbe (EBB) on 1st February and leave from there on or after the afternoon of the 17th. The KLM route is a bit tortuous but seems like the best option as BA no longer fly the Entebbe route.

 

Get in touch below to register your interest and arrange payment of the deposit.

 

 
 
 

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