Wake up to the sounds of birds and African wild fresh air. Have early morning breakfast and set off for morning game drive in the park. This is heartbeat of a typical African animal kingdom – more like a storybook animal kingdom. You will treat your eyes to hundreds of thousands of Kobs, elephants, giraffe, lions, buffalos, leopards, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, birds and so much more. All these live together peacefully (predators?) in the beautiful plains you have never seen before!
Later in the afternoon, you will take a boat cruise on the Nile towards the base of the Murchison Waterfall, a point where River Nile plunges into a 4 meter wide crevice, as it falls 43 meters down to produce a thunderous sound in front of you. You can spend a day, and a lifetime just enjoying this sight of the Nile without ever getting tired. In the vicinity are birds fishing and singing with butterflies enjoying the breeze and thirsty wild animals taking a drink. After the boat safari you will hike to the top of the falls. Quite challenging physically but the reward is incomparable! You’ll have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities, and a story to share with your friends back home!
Optional Project Activity: Community activity with ex-poachers
Within the national and global context, Uganda’s Wildlife is experiencing a renewed and virulent wave of poaching on many fronts, affecting globally recognized endangered species like the African queen elephants for their tusks, rhinos for their horns, pangolins for their body shells, edible big mammals for bush meat, lions for encroaching on livestock, parrots for home pets, Chimpanzees for zoo and research purposes, theatres and many others for their body parts etc. These and other illegal activities seem to be happening at all times in all protected areas in Uganda. A number of poachers have surrendered their tools and have formed some associations. During your stay, you could meet up with these ex-poachers (as well as existing poachers) and do a small research study. The could aim at finding out the causes of poaching and what interventions can be designed to reduce poaching in protected areas; determining the type and for what reasons the animals are being poached; and finding out the most appropriate interventions /or recommendations by key stakeholders to reduce poaching in the protected Areas. This way, you as a visitor will help in creating awareness about poaching from an informed point of view, and may help in initiating projects to support the ex-poachers. This would also help us in spearheading the campaign against poaching and mitigating human – wildlife conflicts. We are available to support with the writing of the report, jointly working with you.