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Freedom From Hunger

31 May - 12 June 2009

The highlight of our Uganda safari will be trekking to see primates, both chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla.

We also visit Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Western Corridor of The Great African Rift Valley. The park has the Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop, with beautiful plains around crater lakes, plus Lake Edward and Lake George connected by The Kasinga Channel. The boat trip on the channel is incredible for bird life and seeing many hippos. This area has the largest concentration of Hippo in the world (in excess of 30,000). On our game drives we will see elephant, Giant Forest Hog, Uganda Kob, warthog, topi, bushbuck, lion, leopard, buffalo to name but a few.

We will also spend three days visiting Freedom from Hunger projects.

Maximum Participants: 16
Photographer and Humanitarian Expert Leaders: David Anderson and Christopher Dunford

Our Itinerary

Sunday, 31 May 2009
Amsterdam - Nairobi - Entebbe – Lake Victoria
We connect in Amsterdam with our flight to Nairobi. In Nairobi, we connect with our flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival in Entebbe, we will be met and transferred to Lake Victoria Hotel. The Lake Victoria Hotel is a completely renovated four-star hotel in colonial style with beautiful gardens and swimming pool.
Lake Victoria Hotel (B)

Monday, 1 June 2009
Today, we drive westward to Kibale Forest, approximately 7.5 hours, on sealed and dirt roads. The route slowly ascends from the Lake Victoria Basin into the lush rolling foothills of The Rwenzori Mountains, The Mountains of the Moon. The road passes through villages and farmland where every imaginable fruit and vegetable of the tropics can be seen growing. The scenery is excellent as the road passes through rain forest regions, agricultural land, papyrus swamps, scrubland and the famous tea growing area before entering the Kibale Forest. Beautiful Ndali Lodge is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes. The breathtaking views and cooler climate at Ndali Lodge are just some of its special features. The lodge, built by the late Captain Mark Price, a British tea farmer; is managed as a working farm by his family today. The rooms are decorated in local crafts and materials and they feature high ceilings and four-poster beds with mosquito netting. The en-suite baths have hot and cold running water and flush toilets. There is no electricity at the lodge, but ample candle and oil lamps are provided in the evening, creating a romantic feel of “old Africa”.
Ndali Lodge (BLD)

Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Today we will enjoy forest and swamp walks to see the rain forest and view birds and primates, including chimpanzees. Walking is not difficult, the paths have been made in the forest and all the walks are with excellent local guides.
Ndali Lodge (BLD)

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Today, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of seeing the glaciated peaks. The drive takes approximately 3.5 hours and once again gently descends into The Great African Rift Valley and to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

We will overnight at Mweya Lodge situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with The Ruwenzori Mountains in the background. Mweya Lodge has been completely renovated to a high standard, with excellent en-suite guest rooms, restaurant, bar area, pool and outside dining.

Mweya Lodge (BLD)

Thursday, 4 June 2009
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a two-hour launch trip on the Kasinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (approximately 30,000) plus other game and excellent birding. Queen Elizabeth National Park is said to be the best birding park in Africa, with over 560 birds recorded and with a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24-hour period.
Mweya Lodge (BLD)

Friday, 5 June 2009
Today, we will have the opportunity to do a Maramagambo Forest walk, including bat caves where one can see thousands of bats and possibly pythons and Monitor Lizards. If we are lucky, we can witness a Monitor Lizard catching bats. Or we may choose instead to take a traditional game drive. After lunch, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa on an approximately 4.5-hour drive.
Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Saturday, 6 June 2009
After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the ethics of Gorilla trekking. Then we hike into the forest to where the Gorillas were seen the night before, from which point they are tracked. The trek can take from 1 to 6 hours to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet over rough and at times muddy terrain. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trek worthwhile. Once the Gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good idea, and also zip lock bags for cameras and film.
Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)
Sunday, 7 June 2009
GORILLA TREK Today, we get the chance to trek the gorilla’s for a second time. Please note that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is "A World Heritage Site".
Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Monday, 8 June 2009
Today, we drive through the Switzerland of East Africa and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. These cattle have unimaginably large horns larger. The drive is approximately 7 hours long. If time permits, we can walk through the interesting local market.
The Afip Hotel (BLD)

Tuesday, 9 June 2009
We get an early start this morning for our drive to Mbale. We will visit the Freedom from Hunger office where we learn about the various projects in the area.
Kingfisher Resort (BLD)

Wednesday, 10 June 2009
We visit the various projects in the area.
Kingfisher Resort (BLD)

Thursday, 11 June 2009
We visit the various projects in the Tororo region.
Kingfisher Resort (BLD)

Friday, 12 June 2009
We drive to Kampala today where we board our flight home.
On your flight

Photographic Expedition Price
(Per Person, Double Occupancy)

Retail Price: $7,995 per person

Photographer's Price: $4,995

Non-Photographer Traveling with a Photographer: $5,495 per person

Gorilla Trekking Permits: $1,000 (non-refundable)

Single Room Supplement: $990

Deposit to Secure Booking: $1,000 + $1,000 for Gorilla Trekking Permits (non-refundable)

Early Booking Bonus: Deduct $500 per person if Booked by 30 December 2008

Safari Price Includes:
  • Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Transport in custom built safari minivan.
  • Services of English-speaking safari driver/guide.
  • Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • All meals on safari as indicated.
  • Mineral water during game drives.
  • Internal flight as indicated in the itinerary
  • Predeparture preparation
Not included:
Not included are international airfare and personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to camp staff and driver/guides; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages, and any additional nights in Africa, which are not noted in itinerary.

Carbon Offsets:
Focus on Planet Earth understands that air travel contributes to increased green house gases and global warming. Therefore, we encourage our expedition participants to assist us in making each Focus on Planet Earth expedition carbon neutral. You can offset your air transportation carbon impact by purchasing carbon off-sets. To offset the emissions from your flights go to Carbon Off-Set Calculator. Use NBO(Nairobi) as your destination.

International Air Transportation:

You will be provided with the airport codes upon registration.





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