Today we were faced with a bit of a conundrum. As you probably know by now, the East African parks run on a 24hr clock, a day’s entrance fee covers the next 24 hrs. We had entered at 16H00 and we entitled to stay in the park until then. The problem was that there was nowhere to stay outside the park within reach of the entrance gate, although I had noticed a faded sign indicating a wilderness community camp at the exit gate. This was apparently closed down.
We established that the best months for game viewing in the KVNP are the dry months from Feb to April, but be aware that the park can be relatively crowded around Easter. The rains in the north of Uganda are from about May to early September, different to the rest of the country. During the dry months the animals are attracted to the central game viewing areas of the park, around the Narus River Valley. Although this river is smaller than the Kidepo River further north towards the Sudan, it retains much more water in pools and from springs.
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.
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).
This has been a wonderful opportunity to restock, refresh and just relax. All this travelling is quite hectic and it has turned out to be a good time and Kluges is a great venue, to just catch our breath. All our clothes and bedding have been washed, the packing reorganised slightly, blogging done and shopping for fresh produce done in Fort Portal. This town has a well supplied fresh produce market which, approaching from the south, is down the main road keeping left and lies just after the road curves left and crosses a small bridge.
Ishasha campsite no 2 - Katookye Gate. 8km.
Katookye Gate –Katunguru T-junction and tar public road. 67kms, 2hr.
T-junction - bridge over Kazinga Channel. 3km.
Kazinga Bridge – Turnoff to Mbeya. 5km.
Turnoff – main gate. 19km.
Main Gate – Mweya offices. 7km.
Mweya offices to Kazinga campsite no 2. 5km.
Total distance and time: 114km, 3 to 4 hours depending on game viewing.
Details of drive to explosion craters. 11/08
Lake Bunyonyi – Kabale – Ikumba – Nyamabale village – Ruhija village.
Total distance and time taken.
The figures given exclude the short diversion and the time taken to shop in Kabale. 56km, 1hr 20min.
Route details and breakdown.
• From Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort to when you reach the tar on the western outskirts of Kabale it is a good dirt road. This junction is only a couple of km from the center of Kabale.
• Excellent quality tar road for 22km until turn right on dirt road sign posted Bwindi.
We enjoyed chilling out at Lake Bunyonyi so much we extended our stay to 3 nights. We definitely enjoyed our stay here more than the time we had spent on Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Firstly the facilities and locality at the Overland Resort were much more organized and sociable. Secondly the weather was better with less cloud cover and not quite so chilly in the mornings and night. Also we now had the company of Wayne and we are enjoying our time with him. It is good to have a third person to chat to.