Uganda and Rwanda
November 30, 2019 | December 1-19, 2019
Informational meeting to be held February 5th and 10th at 6:30pm in Classroom 1 at Maddie's Center for Science and Education.
Uganda and Rwanda
Costs to be determined by number of participants.
This eco-trip is full. Please contact Margaret Rousser at Margaret@oaklandzoo.org for any questions or to put your name on a waiting list.
This is a true wildlife odyssey - A fantastic opportunity to see some wonderful national parks and experience gorillas, chimpanzees, primates and numerous safari animals like no other. Led by Oakland Zoo Conservation staff, you’ll be taken through a variety of habitats, trail through the tropical rainforest and experience the landscapes of both Uganda and Rwanda. Visit Oakland Zoo's Conservation Partners and experience the rich culture in these jewels of Africa.
Day 1 - Nov 30, 2019 - Arrive in Entebbe
Day 2 - Ngamba Island Adventure - Visit world renowned chimpanzee sanctuary, part of Jane Goodall Institute.
Day 3 - Zziwa Rhino Tracking - Ugandan Rangers guide us through a rhino breeding sanctuary where we will encounter not just rhinos, but also hippos, Uganda kob, bush buck, and many others
Day 4 - Murchison Falls - We start with a game drive followed by a boat tour. Animals who call Murchison falls their home include elephants, giraffe, lions, crocodiles, and rare shoebill storks!
Day 5 - Travel to Budongo - We take one last game drive through Murchison Falls before transferring to Masindi Town, our base for visiting Budongo Forest Preserve. Budongo Forest has extremely high biodiversity including 9 species of primates, 359 species of birds, and 289 species of butterflies.
Day 6 - Budongo Snare Removal Project - Solely supported by the Oakland Zoo this project has greatly reduced the number of chimpanzee injured by snares in the forest. Meet with Staff, snare removers, educators and vets in the beautiful Field Station.
Day 7 - Project Day - Visit elementary schools, assist with veterinary care, see the forest clubs. This is the day we get to participate in the project!
Day 8 - Transfer to Kibale National Park - Drive through the Albertine Escarpment, on our way to our next destination. See the countryside and traditional Ugandan homesteads.
Day 9 - Project Day - We visit the Kibale Fuel Wood Project during their Competition Day, part of a special festival weekend.
Day 10 - Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Walk - We start off chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park which is home to 335 species of animals including baboons, colobus monkeys, buffalo, forest elephants and bush babies. Later, take a guided walk through the Bigodi wetlands Sanctuary a community managed conservation program where a huge variety of birds reside including pied hornbill, blue throated roller and yellow billed barbets.
Day 11 - Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will be treated to a special night game drive hosted by our partners at the Uganda Carnivore Program.
Day 12 - Game Drive and Boat Cruise - It's an early morning today because it's the best time to see early risers and predators returning from their night hunts. Likely encounters include hyenas, jackal, leopard, warthogs. After lunch we cruise the Kazinga channel, home to hippos, Nile crocodile, saddle-billed stork, and pink backed pelicans.
Day 13 - Project day - Today we visit one of the Uganda Carnivore Program villages and learn what they are doing to celebrate lions.
Day 14 - Transfer to Rwanda - Pack a lunch and drive to a new fascinating country!
Day 15 - Project day - Today we are guests of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project where we meet the heroic veterinarians heal and protect the Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains. Afterwards we visit the Virunga Artisans Project where all your shopping is for a good cause.
Day 16 - Mountain Gorilla Trekking - A life changing experience! Observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Difficulty of tracking depends on the movement of the gorillas, but you join a group that is right for you.
Day 17 - Free Day - You can take a day to relax or join an option tour to see golden monkeys ($100 fee) or visit Karisoke, Diane Fossey's research camp ($75 fee).
Day 18 - Genocide Memorial Centre - Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre where victims of the Rwandan Genocide are remembered and honored. Tonight, we stay at Hotel Des Miles Colines commemorated by the movie, Hotel Rwanda.