Great Primate Handshake: Uganda 2014
Kampala > Mabira Falls > Jina > Lake Victoria > Kibale National Park > Queen Elizabeth National Park > Kampala Entebbe > Kampala
Date: 6th June – 3rd July 2014
Price – £1500 (inc deposit)
Local Payment – £450
Join Handshake Volunteering’s original project The Great Primate Handshake on this 28-day expedition which takes you across Uganda to create digital media to support the work of primate organisations and conservation programmes. You will have the opportunity to track wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest (home to 13 different primate species), see, learn and create media about those that have been rescued and rehabilitated in Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary. Living and traveling onboard and Oasis Overland overland truck you will get to experience the countries wondrous sights, from the vastness of Lake Victoria to a safari throughout Queen Elizabeth National Park, if you are feeling adventurous you will even have the chance to go white water rafting down the River Nile. Along with covering the work of primates organisations, you will experience supporting local schools such as those within the Kasiisi project who have dynamic lessons with the OLPC’s XO laptop and community education projects and you will see how grass roots conservation works.
- A day visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- An early morning and evening game drive – an opportunity to spot the Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard).
- Tracking wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Forest
- Digital media training, support and guidance
- Access to production equipment (HD video cameras, laptops, etc)
- Access to 3G interne
- t Meet and learn from local and international conservation experts
- Experience diverse centres of culture and innovation
- Generator for charging electrical equipment
- All transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
- Accommodation fees (approx. 90% camping & 10% simple Hotels/hostels)
- Camping and Cooking gear
- Min. of 2 vegetarian meals per day (on average)
- Services of Oasis Crew
What’s Not Included
- Visas approx. $50 (depending on nationality)
- Meals taken while in hotels/hostels
- Optional Excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
- Airport Taxes & Transfers
- Travel Insurance
Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.
- Days 1 to 3: Setting off from the bustling city of Kampala we head to Mabira Forest which will be our home for the next few days whilst we camp at Griffin Falls, a community run site that puts you in the heart of locally run conservation efforts. Whilst having the opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings and learn about MAFICO (Mabria Forest Integrated Community Organization) you will also undergo the Handshake orientation programme getting to know the staff and volunteers, learn more about the places we are visiting, organisations that we are working for and of course get hands on with the equipment.
- Days 4 to 5 : What better way to celebrate being initiated into the Handshake by undertaking the most invigorating of team building actives, white water rafting at the source of the Nile. For those that aren’t quite adventurous you can explore the beautiful surroundings or take part in a more relaxing canoe or horseback ride. (Please note that rafting and other activities are an additional fee, payable locally – see our Optional Activities Section)
- Days 6 to 10 : Travelling to Entebbe where we will be working with The Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust, via motorboat you will travel across Lake Victoria where you will spend time learning why the chimpanzees are living in a sanctuary and have the opportunity to observe them during a detailed tour of the island. Whilst here you will also have the chance to visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre which sits on 72 acres on the shores of Lake Victoria and boast a wide variety of indigenous wildlife. Over the remaining days you will be creating a media project for the organization, whilst based in a nearby campsite.
- Days 11 to 16: Working with The Butterfly Project in Kole, you will have the opportunity to work closely with inspirational young community leaders as you support them in developing film-making skills to enable the sharing of their work with a wider audience. Butterfly Project members focus on a range of disciplines to effect change for their communities, covering interests as diverse as creative arts, ICT training, tree planting, HIV awareness and conservation. Days 17 to 18 No trip to Uganda would be complete without a game drive through a safari park, we will go on a dawn and dusk game drive giving you optimal time to time to see what you can spot from elephants to lions.
- Days 19 to 27 : Camping at the Chimpanzee forest guest house you will overlook the Kibale national forest, home to countless species of animals and birds. Whilst here we will be working with the Kasissi Project, an organisation overseeing 14 schools and supporting over 10,000 primary school children surrounding the forest. During this time you will also have the opportunity to go tracking wild chimpanzees and learn about the eco-system of the forest whilst creating content to conserve it.
- Day 28: Once we arrive back in Kampala you will have the chance to view all the content created over the course of the expedition and celebrate with the team one last time.