This is so exciting. I've been planning this trip awhile but set it aside for months at a time. It will be just my husband and myself.
This is what I finally came up with for an itinerary. What do you think? Anything missing? Any other suggestions? I won't say which TO I'm going with just yet but I've chosen one. Would like to stay longer in Uganda, but this is the time that we have. Was planning to spend 2 nights at Lake Mburo but that had to go, etc. Going in May.
Day 0: Fly into EBB.
Day 1: Arrive EBB, spend the night at Alison & Dave's Guesthouse.
Day 2: All-day visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) with a chimp visit. Overnight at UWEC.
Day 3: Our first day with our guide. Drive to Lake Mburo. Night drive. Overnight Rwakobo Rock.
Day 4: Morning bicycle ride. Drive to South Bwindi. Overnight Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (if they have an ensuite cottage available, if not, maybe Nkuringo Gorilla Camp)
Day 5: 1st gorilla trek. Overnight Nkuringo Gorilla Camp or Nkuringo Gorilla Camp. (Don't know the gorilla group yet - any suggestions? It's just me - my husband does not want to see the gorillas)
Day 6: Hike from Nkuringo to Buhoma. Overnight Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Day 7: Visit Batwa. Overnight Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Day 8: 2nd gorilla trek. Any suggestions for a group? Overnight Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Day 9: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Evening Kazinga Channel boat trip. Overnight Buffalo Safari Lodge or Bush Lodge (tent).
Day 10: AM chimp trek. Afternoon game drive. Overnight Buffalo Safari Lodge or Bush Lodge (tent).
Day 11: Drive to Kibale, lunch in Fort Portal on the way. Overnight Kibale Forest Camp (I wanted to stay at Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse for 2 nights but they don't have availability the first night - should I spend one night at Kibale Forest and one in Chimpanzee Forest or just stay 2 in Kibale Forest?)
Day 12: All day chimp habituation (for me only, husband does not want to do this). Overnight Chimpanzee or Kibale Forest.
Day 13: Drive to Murchison Falls. Game drive on way to accommodation. Overnight Pakuba Safari Lodge.
Day 14: Morning game drive, lunch, then one-way boat trip to falls, hike to top of falls to meet driver at the top. Overnight Pakbua Safari Lodge.
Day 15: Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Visit Boomu Women's Group for shopping and have lunch at Masindi hotel (I'm a huge Humphrey Bogart fan) on the way to Ziwa. Overnight Ziwa.
Day 16: Morning rhino trek and birding outing. Drive to EBB and probably fly out late that night - haven't purchased tickets yet -- I'm a bit nervous about any travel the day that we're flying out. I usually like to have a buffer of time before an international flight like this in case we are delayed. Your thoughts?
At some point, I'd like to take the Mamba Swamp tour -- will be able to figure out when we buy our flight tickets.
Thanks to everyone for helping me put this together.