Visiting Uganda with Instinct Safaris was an experience of a lifetime. My friends and I, a group of three women and one 12 year old daughter, travelled to Uganda in September 2015. We were met at the airport in Entebbe by our guides Rabani Turyasingura and Emmanuel Turebomoue. Over the course of the next twelve days they shared with us a wealth of knowledge ranging from Uganda’s history, politics, customs, religions, language, local cuisine, and wildlife.
Rabaniis well informed, personable and very happy to share his knowledge. Emma drove the vehicle with the skill and concentration necessary to navigate the boulder strewn earth packed roads that quickly turned to slippery mudslides in sudden downpours. We felt secure and well taken care of in their company.
They invited us into their world. We hiked in the bamboo forests of the golden monkeys, trekked in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest home to the silverback gorillas. We spent a day searching for chimpanzees in the forest and upon finding them, chasing after them as they ran through the forest to finally settle on their favorite fallen log, where they proceeded to groom each other, while the young ones dangled from vines, rolled off the log, and climbed back on. On each of these treks we were accompanied by rangers and trackers who shared information and took pride in the conservation efforts made to protect Uganda’s wild animals. We had many game drives in the savannas where we saw elephants, zebras, bush buck, water buck, warthogs, and ankole cattle. In Queen Elizabeth National Park we awoke at 6am to a tower of giraffes strolling across the grounds of the lodge. We journeyed north to Murchison Falls, a powerful sight to see as the Victoria Nile crashes through a narrow gorge only 7 meters wide before crashing43 meters to Lake Albert, then continuing on as the Albert Nile. We had a hippo surface from under our boat on the Nile as we cruised past cape buffaloes, Nile crocodiles, monitor lizards, and many, many, more hippos.
Some Highlights of the Trip