The Nile Valley is one precious adventure that Africa Safari travelers are picking interest in but knowing where to go, how to get there and what to do is the key point. The River Nile starts its journey from Lake Victoria in Uganda and during an organized Uganda safari holiday, you get to hang out on the Nile
River Nile pours its water in the Mediterranean in Egypt which is its end point but the drama at its source is crazy.
An addition of a gorilla trekking tour makes the Nile adventures even more adorable. Connecting from all the activities on the Nile to Bwindi forest the home of gorilla trekking and vice versa is memorable expedition in Africa.
How To Plan River Nile valley Adventure With Gorilla Trekking in Africa
From Kampala or Entebbe, the drive to Jinja may take about 3 hours without Jam. Your ranger guide picks you from your overnight hotel and head to Jinja. Sail to the source of the Nile where Nile water departs from Lake Victoria.
Head to Itanda Falls for White Water rafting where you get into tube boats to beat the rapid tides. No experience is required as divers and a team of experienced trainers is ready to take you through all training. You have to wear a life jacket and a group of Kayakers follows the entire crew to ensure no one is lost in the water.
Accommodation is Bed and BreakFast Basis
Day 2 Head To Murchison Falls National park on The Nile Valley
Murchison Falls is a super representative of the great Nile Valley. Winston Church hill described it as a kew garden and an untamed zoo of unlimited scale which absolutes fits. Its bisected by River Nile creating the Northern and southern sector each providing for the huge population is wild life that the park hosts.
The distance from Kampala the capital of Uganda to Murchison falls is about 305 km taking about 5 hours on the road. Check in and relax while enjoying the cool breeze from the Nile because its felt from all sides.
An early morning drive on the Northern sector of River Nile through the grasslands gives you chance to spot animals like lions, leopards, topis, water bucks, bush bucks, elephants, cape buffaloes, giraffes the list is endless. Taking the Buligi trail exposes you to unbelievable wild animal drama.
During an afternoon launch trip to Murchison falls, you get to encounter several river bank wildlife, thousands of birds that call the ridge home, happy aquatic life like crocodiles, hippos and so much more.
The magic from River Nile as it squeezes through the gorge to burst out violently forming cloudy appearance. The Murchison Falls are the world’s strongest falls and its level of violence is incomparable. To get a full view of this drama, a hike to the top of the falls displays all this.
Day 4 Drive To Kibale Forest National Park
Having enjoyed the River Nile Valley, proceed to other destinations that share Uganda’s wilderness. the chimpanzee trekking city in Kibale National Park where the closest human relative spend there day.
The drive is quite long but very rewarding as you enjoy the views of the country side including the new oil city that has been set up in Hoima.
Arrive late evening ready for dinner and over night
Chimpanzees are human relatives but watching them live freely in the wild makes them more special. Get to the briefing point early in the morning and the ranger guide will take you through the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee tracking.
Move into the forest to start searching for the very mobile chimpanzees whose greatest part of the day is feeding. There main course is vegetables but can eat some meat in times of great scarcity.
They are not the only residents of this tropical forest numerous other primates are residents too like black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, grey checked mangabey, olive baboons red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys to mention but a few.
Finally when you meet the chimpanzees, watch them feed, interact and groom there infants. Get back to your lodge later to relax.
Day 6 Drive To Bwindi Forest National Park For Gorilla trekking
After meeting the chimpanzees proceed to Bwindi Forest for gorilla trekking. This forest is located in the fur southern part of Uganda. Arrive ready to check in
Get up for breakfast and head to the ranger guide for briefing carrying your gorilla trekking gears. After briefing, your ranger guide will lead the way into the forest to start searching for the mountain gorillas.
They keep moving in the forest in search for food that will support there heavy bodies throughout the day and night. They grab all foliage that crosses there appetite and fruits too.
Watch the gorilla family for just an hour and return to the lodge to relax.
Day 8 Return home
Having enjoyed the Nile valley and all its close attractions, drive back to Entebbe Airport to catch up with the flight back home.
During the preparation for hanging out with the Nile Valley with gorilla trekking twist, your flights must be booked to depart late evening because of the lengthy journey.
Booking gorilla trekking permits in advance especially during the peak time secures your dream of getting close to the mountain gorillas.
Packing the right gears for this Africa safari is great where you need to include some light wear for your experience in Murchison Falls as at times it get so hot. For Bwindi gorilla trekking Park some warm wear as advised in what to pack for gorilla trekking
The age limit for gorilla trekking is 15 years and above because of the difficult terrain you have to go through which may not be easy for trekkers below this age.