THEMA: Wie kann ich SW Uganda Route verbessern?
25 Apr 2019 02:47 #554644
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Liebe Formis,
Hier ist die post die ich ans SA 4x4 Forum geschickt habe. Da ich denke dass euere Englisch Kenntnisse sicher so gut wie meine Deutsch Kenntnisse sind, lasse ich es mal auf English stehen.
Danke euch!

Hi Uganda experts and fellow self-drivers!

I’m trying to put together a self-drive route visiting the highlights of SW Uganda for the first time. After that, we will cross the border into Kenya and visit the Mara triangle and Reserve, also for the first time. Finally, we will drop off the car in Nairobi and pay a one-way fee. Lots of firsts this trip, including chimp and gorilla tracking. 
I would greatly appreciate if you could critic my proposed route, time spent in each place, time spent driving from A to B, as well as the spots I have chosen to camp.
Specifically, I’m not sure if I should spend two nights in Lake Mburu, just one night, or leave it out all together seeing it has no lions and we will be spending a lot of time in the Mara.
Lake Bunyonyi looks so amazing in pics and I’m thinking of maybe adding a second night there and mostly to just relax and enjoy the view.
I’m trying to make this a rather relaxed trip with at least two or three nights camping in the same spot. This trip, we will be sleeping in a ground tent and forego our beloved roof top tent in favor of having a pop-up roof, specifically for ease of game viewing and photography.
I’m told Bwindi is a rather damp place so I have opted to spend two nights in a budget lodge there. There is a lodge located about 10 km from Buhoma village called Crested Crane Hotel and I’m wondering if it’s not better to sleep there, and drive the 10 km to the Gorilla Tracking Meeting Point, rather than spending the night in an over-priced budget Banda in Buhoma.
With the help of excellent trip reports by Wazungu Wawili, Ortelius, from the SA 4x4 Forum and botswanadreams, Topobär, Picco, and the Bradt Guide, I have tried to create my own version of a SW Uganda trip.
I’ll be happy to receive your tips and recommendations on how to make this trip the best it can be....although it won’t happen until August 2020.
Greetings from sunny Florida,

Our proposed SW Uganda self-Drive trip

Day 0 and 0
arrival Entebbe,
(Possibly spend two nights, depending on arrival time, and do shopping the day before we are going to Murchison. )
O/n Pineapple Guesthouse cottage OR Victoria Lake View Guesthouse (1 bedroom House)

Day 1
Entebbe, car hand-over (Land Cruiser V8, pop-up roof, AC, automatic, fridge, from shopping/banking at Victoria Mall
Entebbe- Murchison NP just before Gate.
320km 5hrs +
O/n Boomu Women CS outside gate

Day 2
AM (Maybe Budongo Eco Lodge chimp tracking $90)
Murchison Falls View point
Maybe boat ride to Falls
then ferry Paraa to North side of Nile and Delta
O/n Delta campsite UWA (mandatory guard)

Day 3, 4,
Delta Game drives
O/n Delta campsite

Day 5
After lunch, take ferry back to Paraa
O/n Shoebill campsite next to Nile Safari Lodge ($10pp)

Day 6
Paraa to Masindi (get gas) to Hoima to Fort Portal to CVK resort on Lake Nyabikere
Shopping in Fort Portal at Andrew and Brothers supermarket
342 km 7 hrs+
O/n CVK Resort and campsite ($10pp) outside Kibale NP

Day 7
Kibale NP
AM chimp tracking,
PM crater lake drive
O/n CVK Resort and campsite

Day 8
AM-Bigodi Swamp walk east of Kibale, outside park
After walk: Bigodi Swamp via Fort Portal (more shopping) to QENP Mweya Campsite
160 km 4+ hrs
O/n Mweya Campsite

Day 9, 10
QENP Game drives Kazenyi Plain and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat trip
O/n Mweya Campsite

Day 11
AM- Mweya to Ishasha sector
108 km 2hrs+
O/n Ishasha Campsite UWA or, depending on security situation, Enjojo Lodge CS outside gate OR Kisenyi Lake Retreat CS

Day 12
Game Drive Ishasha sector (tree climbing lions?)
O/n Ishasha campsite UWA ( same as above)

Day 13
Ishasha to Bwindi Forest NP.
Preferred Buhoma. If Buhoma- then Buhoma Community Rest Camp ( room) $106dbl or Crested Cranes Lodge 10 km away.
70 km 2 hrs +
(If Ruhija- then Gorilla Friends Lodge room
100 km, 3 hrs +)

Day 14
AM Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Forest
PM Buhoma Village walk, Souvenirs, (or 3 hr Waterfall walk park fee waived $30pp
O/n Bohuma Community Rest Camp

Day 15
Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi
100km 4hrs+
O/n Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort campsite

Day 16
Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo NP shopping on the way(Mbarara)
255km 6 hrs+
O/n Main Campsite

Day 17
Lake Mburo NP game driving
O/n LM campsite

Day 18
Lake Mburo to Jinja
320 km 7 hrs +
O/n Jinja Backpackers camping

Day 19
Jinja to Kisumu (Kenya)
240 km 5 hrs+ Border crossing @Busia, Comessa Insurance
O/n The Clarice Guesthouse, room, laundry and shopping West End Mall for 11 days Mara

Day 20
Kisumu To Oloololo CS MARA Triangle
220km 6 hrs+
O/n Oloololo Public CS

Day 21, 22
Oloololo Public Campsite or Eluai Public campsite

Day 23-27
5 nights Dirisha or Ndovu Private CS

Day 28, 29
Aruba Mara campsite outside Talek Gate

Day 30
Aruba Mara to Nairobi, drop off car
255km, 5 hrs+
O/n Wildebeest Guesthouse

Day 31
AM visit Sheldrick Ellie Orphanage
Fly home PM of day 31 or AM of day 32
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