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August 2015

GEEKS: Uganda, Murchison National Park, Kaniyo Pabidi Camp. Thursday 20 August 2015. Week 17, days 130.

ROUTE.

Lake Albert Safari Lodge, Kabwayo Game Reserve – village of Kyehoro – village of Biseruka – Hoima – Masinda – Kichumbanyobo Gate Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP) – Kaniyo Padibi Camp (aka Budongo Eco Lodge).

Total Distance and Time taken.

170km, 4hr.

Route breakdown and details.

• Now that we knew that the new tar road was linking the eastern shores of Lake Albert to the regional center of Hoima, we were able to ignore T4A and our GPS.

Uganda, Murchison National Park, Kaniyo Pabidi Camp. Thursday 20 August 2015. Week 17, days 130.

Today has been mainly a travelling day with us making our way from Lake Albert to the Kaniyo Pabidi Forest in Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP). Most of the south of the park is forest, Kaniyo Pabidi is the northern extension of the larger Budongo Forest. There is also forest to the east of the park known as Rabongo. The northern part of MFNP towards the Victoria Nile is more savannah and this is where the game viewing takes place. In the forests it is all about primates, chimps in particular, and birding.

GEEKS: Uganda, Lake Albert, Lake Albert Safari Lodge, Kabwoya Game Reserve. Tuesday 18 August 2015. Week 17, days 128.

ROUTE.

Kanyanchu River Camp, Kibale Forest NP – Fort Portal – Kyenjojo (on Kampala road) – Kaboya (via villages of Katoke, Kagadi and Pachwa).

Kaboya – Kaboya Game Reserve – village of Kyehera – Lake Albert Safari Lodge.

T4A is confused here in the west by the presence of a new tar road from Hoima, west to the shores of Lake Albert.

Total distance and time taken.

245km and 6hr30min.

Route breakdown. (I hope this simplifies someone’s trip, sometime).

Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park, Kanyanchu River Camp. Monday 17 August. Week 17, day 127.

BIRDERS CORNER.

This is really for birding enthusiasts and is a summary of what we saw on our guided walk. We saw about 40 species in all of which 19 were lifers for me.

For those really interested here follows a list of birds that were new to me, I don't think there were too many specials but it feels good to be building up my East African species.

Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park, Kanyanchu River Camp. Monday 17 August. Week 17, day 127.

It’s good to be in the wilds again and we were lucky enough last night to experience an unexpected and thrilling treat. Soon after we hit the sack in our RTT, at about 22H30, we heard breaking tree boughs steadily approaching the campsite clearing. These were obviously quite a substantial herd of forest elephant feeding. Soon they had entered the campsite and were feeding all around us. Obviously feeding on the forest edge of the campsite clearing was easier than from within the dense forest.

GEEKS: Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park, Kanyanchu River Camp. Sunday 16 August. Week 17, day 126.

ROUTE.

Lake Nkuruba Community Camp – Kibale NP – Bgodi Wetland HQ. (Then back to Kanyanchu River Camp).

Distance and time taken.

Lake Nkuruba – Kanyanchu River Camp. 28km about an hour at the most.

Lake Nkuruba – Bgodi Marsh HQ. 34km, about an hour.

Detailed route breakdown.

Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park, Kanyanchu River Camp. Sunday 16 August. Week 17, day 126.

Once again we only had a short distance to travel and so it was a leisurely start to the day. I was able to get some reasonable pics of a troop of black and white colobus monkeys entertaining us in the trees surrounding the camp. These and other species of monkey are easily sighted in troops around this scenic camp at Lake Nkuruba. We enjoyed our stay here despite the fairly basic amenities as the setting more than made up for any deficiencies as far as amenities were concerned.

GEEKS: Uganda, Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve and Community Campsite. Saturday 15 August. Week 16, Day 125.

ROUTE.

Kluges Guest Farm – Fort Portal – road towards Kamwengwe – just after village of Haibale take fork to right – Lake Nkuruba Community Camp.

Distance covered and time taken.

From Kluges, 39km, just less than an hour. The distance from Fort Portal would be about 30km.

Route breakdown.

Uganda, Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve and Community Campsite. Saturday 15 August. Week 16, Day 125.

After our wonderful, relaxing and relatively luxurious stay at Kluges we are heading into the more rural areas not far away. There are a large number of things to see in the greater Fort Portal area. This is an exceptionally green and fertile region in Uganda and I would advise any potential visitors to pencil in a good few days to explore it properly. Our destination was another community camp that came highly recommended for its location and scenic beauty. This was the Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve and Community Camp.

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