Pulteney Uganda Conservation and Service program 2019

Pulteney Uganda Conservation and Service program 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
  • Conservation project at Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Working closely with accomplished wildlife vet, Dr Margaret Driciru.
  • Community service project at Kihihi Primary School
  • Game safari viewing in Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Parks
  • A boatride on Kazinga Channel
  • Viewing tree climbing Lions in Ishasha

Trip Summary

On this wonderful adventure we have the ability to engage in 2 service programs, both aiding local communities in Uganda. The first is a conservation project working with the communities in one of Africa's most bio diverse parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here we team up with an experienced wildlife vet Dr Margaret Driciru, to help settle animal - human conflict that occurs in the area. We then travel to the region of Kihihi and and join the Kihihi Primary School to help renovate their current classrooms and build desks for the students. The adventure is combined with games drives in 3 of Ugandas most beautiful and popular National Parks whilst staying at lush campsites with great amenities. Uganda is considered to be the most beautiful country in Africa, with rolling hills, hundreds of lakes, and dramatic mountains. Our travels take us to the southern regions, the most beautiful region. There is a huge diversity of tribal peoples and an array of national parks that are home to some of the world’s most endangered species. Uganda sits on the equator, but with an average altitude of around 1500 metres, the average daytime high where we travel will be around 25 deg.C. Uganda’s greatest asset is its people – friendly and genuinely welcoming – they make each day a delight. It is a safe country to visit, and for many visitors the appeal is the relatively low number of tourists. Lodges and hotels are friendly and personal, and you won’t experience crowds in any place you visit. English is widely spoken, and is the official language. This is truly a wonderful experiential program to get excited about!

Suitability

Overall this expedition has a grading of level 3 - "Introductory". This trip involves walking for up to five hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. Suggested preparation: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week. For trekking, hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended. The fitter you are for your trip, the more of a holiday it will be. Activities as close to the actual activity on your trip are the best training; in this instance walking with a light pack is the best form of training. This builds leg strength, aerobic capacity and confidence in your ability to travel comfortably with a pack for extended periods. The walking component is easy in terms of degree of difficulty, however the heat can be a major factor and we will be taking advantage of the cool mornings to cover the majority of the days required kilometres. You will be walking through rough country for up to five hours per day at a steady pace.

The community project is also another physical component of the expedition. Although there is no trekking, the restoration and building work being done around the school will be demanding. There will be lots of sanding, hammering, possible painting, load carrying, sweeping, digging and erecting - all of which is tiring but character building! Please speak to your teacher if you are unsure about your suitability for this expedition.

Itinerary

After many months of planning and preparing, your adventure is finally here! Please make your way to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Enetebbe in Uganda.

Meals:  Nil

We fly into Uganda, a land of green rolling hills and land at Entebbe airport on the shores of Lake Victoria, the most significant lake in Africa. Entebbe is a calm and modern airport, and the small town of Entebbe where we will overnight is nearby. Our guides transfer us to our hotel – a former colonial home with comfortable bungalows and large gardens. We can walk into the town centre or relax in the hotel grounds. Overnight: Airport Guest House or similar

Meals:  D

We leave our hotel and by-pass the traffic of Kampala to head west on the highway towards Fort Portal. The rural highway is not busy, and wanders across the rolling green hills past small gardens of tropical fruit tended by families who sell their products in the city markets. Views of the Rwenzori mountain peaks come into view as we turn south to drive parallel to the range. Huge and picture-perfect commercial tea plantations give way to lush tropical forests as we near Kibale National Park. Our accommodation is in a beautiful forest in a natural setting. We have a combination of bungalows and large walk-in safari tents with a verandah and twin beds at the camp. Drive 6 hours Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we continue our journey into the tropical forest for a chimp-tracking briefing. While the briefing takes place, park rangers are locating chimp families for us to visit. Kibale National Park covers 800 square kilometres. It encompasses some of most beautiful and varying tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, and is home to 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees. We drive to the nearest point to our designated chimp family, and walk through the forest to find them. They are always on the move, either in the trees or on the ground, and we will be moving with them to keep contact. We return to our vehicles and continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park that stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori Range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, and incorporates a wide variety of habitats that includes open savanna, wetlands and lowland forest. We will meet the project coordinator on arrival at the national park. Our accommodation is within the park, in comfortable large permanent safari tents with twin beds. Drive 3 hours Overnight: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

The biggest risk to wildlife in Africa is the interaction between wildlife and farmers. The cultivated farm fields are very tempting to wildlife that will naturally move to the crops to graze. To protect their family’s livelihood, and for self-preservation, the farmers will fight for their crops, and many animals are killed. If an effective barrier can be built to separate the fields from the wildlife, many animals and farming families can be saved. We will assist the farmers and the park rangers in an on-going program by preparing trenches as a barrier to the wildlife from Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is important work that prevents animals raiding farms and lessens the impact of animal and human interaction. Overnight: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We will continue with the project of protecting the animals and the farmers through a range of programs. Elephants are the most reported problem animal, and under the supervision of rangers and the project manager we will work on programs to lessen this issue. Overnight: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We depart early this morning for a game drive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are over 100 mammal species in the park, including lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopards, Spotted Hyenas, elephants, baboons and monkeys. Ugandan Kob, the national animal of Uganda, and various other antelope species are found here. In the afternoon, we will enjoy one of the wildlife highlights of Africa on a safari by boat in the Kazinga Channel, where we can approach hippos, swimming elephants and a range of mammals as they come to the river for their afternoon drink. The bird life is amazing, and binoculars are a must to see the delicate and vibrant colours of the birds. Tree-climbing lions are often seen from the boat, but it is more likely we will see this sight tomorrow. Overnight: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We take a game drive through the Ishasha wilderness where the famous tree-climbing lions are found, as well as various other animals, including leopards. We continue our journey with views of the hills and farmlands to reach Kihihi Primary School in the Kanungu District, and meet the students and teachers to learn more about their daily school activities and the challenges they face. Our hotel is nearby and has comfortable bungalows in the grounds around the main lodge. Drive 3 hours Overnight: Savannah Resort Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

During our 3 days at Kihihi, we will spend time with the local students as we participate in projects to assist the school maintain and renovate their buildings and grounds. Painting, plastering, laying pathways and planting trees are some of the tasks we may undertake during our time here., On the last day, we sadly bid the school farewell and commence our journey back towards Entebbe. This experience will stay with you as we see how our work has touched the local community and will help them for generations to come.

Meals:  B,L,D

We drive across the green farmlands to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in the afternoon. This is a park with no lions, which means we have the opportunity to cycle and walk in the park to view the wildlife. This afternoon we will take a guided bike ride in the flat areas of the park and ride amongst the zebras, multiple antelope species- from the tiny klipspringer to the giant eland, and buffaloes,. If we have time, we will visit the ranch of the local Bahima people, a small tribal group who were once nomadic, and who keep their amazing long-horned cattle in the fields and forest near the park. We may be able to participate in milking and learn to churn milk into butter. Drive 5 hours Overnight: Eagles Nest Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast, we set off on a morning guided game walk in the national park with a ranger who will advise us on tracking skills, animal behavior and enlighten and entertain us with many stories and explanations. After lunch we depart for Entebbe, crossing the equator along the way. Drive 5 hours Overnight: Airport Guest House or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you will be tranmsferred to the airtoit for your flight to Adelaide. Details TBA

Meals:  B

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • All meals whilst in Africa
  • accommodation in hotels, lodges and camping
  • All national park fees
  • Private transport throughout
  • Professional English-speaking local Leader/driver
  • All sightseeing as indicated
  • emergency medical kit
  • bottled drinking water in vehicles
  • International airfare ex Adelaide
  • Working on the conservation project with Wildlife vet Dr Margaret Driciru

What's Not Included

  • Project materials and local labour
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips (not compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:16 Days
Countries:Uganda
Starting Point:Adelaide
Finishing Point:Adelaide
Activities:Community Project
Wildlife Safari
Guided Walk
Adventure Touring
Trip Code:SOG4191