This has been a wonderful opportunity to restock, refresh and just relax. All this travelling is quite hectic and it has turned out to be a good time and Kluges is a great venue, to just catch our breath. All our clothes and bedding have been washed, the packing reorganised slightly, blogging done and shopping for fresh produce done in Fort Portal. This town has a well supplied fresh produce market which, approaching from the south, is down the main road keeping left and lies just after the road curves left and crosses a small bridge.
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QENP – Kluges Guest Farm.
Total distance and time.
114 km, about 2hr 30min.
Route details and breakdown.
• Kazinga Channel campsite no 2 – tar road bisecting QENP and leading straight north to Fort Portal, 30min, 24km.
• To Crater Gate turnoff on this tar road, 8km and 8min.
• Equator crossing, 1km further on.
• Kasese town, 21km on this tar road.
As we did not have very far to travel at all this day, we decided that after exiting the QENP we would head across the tar public road and visit the Kasenyi Plains section again. Plus we only had to exit the park at about midday as this had been the time of our original entrance. We were hoping to break our duck with lions in the QENP, but no such luck although the general game viewing was a little improved earlier in the morning.
Ishasha campsite no 2 - Katookye Gate. 8km.
Katookye Gate –Katunguru T-junction and tar public road. 67kms, 2hr.
T-junction - bridge over Kazinga Channel. 3km.
Kazinga Bridge – Turnoff to Mbeya. 5km.
Turnoff – main gate. 19km.
Main Gate – Mweya offices. 7km.
Mweya offices to Kazinga campsite no 2. 5km.
Total distance and time: 114km, 3 to 4 hours depending on game viewing.
Details of drive to explosion craters. 11/08
Today we were heading for the Mweya (northern) section of QENP. As this is close-by we had time to do the fig tree drive again but again no luck with the tree lions although it was early morning. We both remarked that it was disappointing that there were no routes at all along the lovely Ishasha River ( just as later there were no routes close to the Kazinga Channel). It remains a lovely scenic drive but despite an apparent high carrying capacity and plenty of water, animal numbers were not high. Perhaps it is different in another season, but I doubt it.
For those using T4A I believe you will find your way to QENP from Bwindi without too much difficulty despite the GPS program becoming lost at times, probably due to some alterations in the routes of the forestry roads. For those without T4A perhaps it would be best to proceed on the Buhoma route. However please allow me to attempt to give a blow by blow account of the route we followed.
• Enter Bwindi again by travelling east on the road used to traverse Bwindi Impenetrable NP when originally travelling to Ruhija Community Camp.
Wayne decided to continue with us for the next while.. We were enjoying his company very much and I guess he likewise was enjoying ours, travelling on your own for extended periods can be quite tough. Anne and I were both missing our family more than we cared to admit and, especially for Anne, Wayne was filling a gap left by the absence of our son Peter. Wayne has very similar interests to us and was fitting in very well. Through Bwindi we saw a group of L’Hoests monkeys and a long-crested eagle. Imagine seeing one of the local gorilla families, very unlikely but not impossible.
Lake Bunyonyi – Kabale – Ikumba – Nyamabale village – Ruhija village.
Total distance and time taken.
The figures given exclude the short diversion and the time taken to shop in Kabale. 56km, 1hr 20min.
Route details and breakdown.
• From Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort to when you reach the tar on the western outskirts of Kabale it is a good dirt road. This junction is only a couple of km from the center of Kabale.
• Excellent quality tar road for 22km until turn right on dirt road sign posted Bwindi.
The evening before we had discussed our path forward. We were pleased when Wayne indicated that he would like to accompany us but we indicated that he must feel free to come and go as he pleased and should not feel under any sort of obligation. We felt we had seen enough of the Virungas and decided to forgo the opportunity of visiting the Mgahinga NP on the Ugandan side of this mountain range and rather head straight for Bwindi Impenetrable (Forest) National Park. We had enjoyed our stays in other forest parks.
We enjoyed chilling out at Lake Bunyonyi so much we extended our stay to 3 nights. We definitely enjoyed our stay here more than the time we had spent on Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Firstly the facilities and locality at the Overland Resort were much more organized and sociable. Secondly the weather was better with less cloud cover and not quite so chilly in the mornings and night. Also we now had the company of Wayne and we are enjoying our time with him. It is good to have a third person to chat to.