Daltons in AFRICA -- ITINERARY.

 


JUNE 12 - JULY 1, 2002.

Wednesday, June 12
Flew to Dulles International Airport, Virginia.
Stayed the night at the Comfort Suites in Chantilly (not part of the plan!).

Thursday, June 13
Flew to London, England.
Stayed the night at Sally Janis and Marc Wright's flat (not planned; I went to high school with Sally).

Friday, June 14
Slept in!
Saw Tate Modern Museum.
Rode London Eye Ferris Wheel.
Took redeye flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

Saturday, June 15
Arrived in Nairobi, Kenya.
Went to travel agent & exchanged money.
Slept!

Sunday, June 16
10:00 picked up.
Small city tour of Nairobi and saw old American Embassy.
Went to Sheldrick's (elephant and rhino orphanage) for 11:00 feeding.
Went to Giraffe Center - fed giraffes!
Went to lunch at Carnivore Restaurant.
Went to Karen Blixen Museum - tour.
Went to Utamaduni Crafts Center - shopping.

Monday, June 17
08:00 picked up and flew to the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya.
10:30 arrival in Masai Mara and game drive in route to camp.
Lunch at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
14:15 Masai native talk.
15:30 Game drive #1.
Dinner and overnight at Kichwa Tembo Camp.

Tuesday, June 18
06:30 Game Drive #2.
Breakfast at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
10:30 Toured Masai village; Masai shopping.
Lunch at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
15:30 Game Drive #3.
19:15 Masai Dance Show.
Dinner and overnight at Kichwa Tembo Camp.

Wednesday, June 19
06:30 Game Drive #4.
Bush breakfast on game drive!
Lunch at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
15:00 Game Drive #5.
Dinner at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
20:00 Slide presentation.
Overnight at Kichwa Tembo Camp.

Thursday, June 20
06:30 Game Drive #6.
Breakfast at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
10:00 Ranger nature walk.
Lunch at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
15:30 Game Drive #7.
Dinner and overnight at Kichwa Tembo Camp.

Friday, June 21
06:30 Game Drive #8.
Breakfast at Kichwa Tembo Camp.
10:00 flew back to Nairobi, Kenya.
Went back to Angela's house to drop laundry off for housekeeper to do.
Went to The Mall - lunch and Masai shopping.
Went to Kenya National Museum - tour.
Went to grocery store.

WE WOULD CHANGE THE ABOVE KENYA ITINERARY BY STAYING ONE LESS DAY IN THE MASAI MARA. EIGHT GAME DRIVES WERE TOO MANY. WE WOULD ADD A ONE DAY GAME DRIVE TO NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK (near Nairobi) TO SEE THE LARGE CONCENTRATION OF RHINOS THERE. IF YOUR VACATION CAN BE EXTENDED A DAY OR TWO, GO TO ANOTHER GAME PARK MAYBE UP NORTH TO SEE A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT VARIETY OF ANIMALS.

Saturday, June 22
06:00 picked up and flew to Entebbe, Uganda.
Went to travel agent & exchanged money.
Went to Namugongo Martyr's Shrine - tour.
Drove to Jinja.
Went to lunch at Nile Resort, Jinja.
Went to Bujagali Falls, Jinja.
Went to Gandhi Monument & source of Nile River (on boat), Jinja.
Went to Ssezibwa Falls - tour.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana, Kampala.
WE WOULD CHANGE THE ITINERARY BY HAVING LUNCH RIGHT AWAY IN KAMPALA. IT WAS A LONG TIME WITHOUT FOOD! WE WOULD ALSO NOT RECOMMEND EATING DINNER AT HOTEL AFRICANA -- THE FOOD WAS AWFUL!!

Sunday, June 23
07:00 Breakfast at Hotel Africana, Kampala.
07:30 Drove to Queen Elizabeth National Park (7 hour drive).
In route, stopped at Ugandan Equator.
14:30 Lunch at Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Park.
17:00 Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth Park.
Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
WE WOULD CHANGE THE ITINERARY BY STOPPING FOR LUNCH BETWEEN KAMPALA AND QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK. IT WAS TOO LONG WITHOUT FOOD!

Monday, June 24
06:15 Early morning cup of tea/coffee.
06:30 Chimpanzee tracking and breakfast in Chambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth Park.
Lunch at Mweya Safari Lodge.
16:00 Ranger hike to bird hide, Queen Elizabeth Park.
Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
WE WOULD CHANGE THE ITINERARY BY GOING FOR A GAME DRIVE IN THE PARK INSTEAD OF THE RANGER HIKE.

Tuesday, June 25
07:00 Breakfast at Mweya Safari Lodge.
07:30 Drove to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (6 hour drive).
Lunch at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp, Bwindi Park.
19:00 Dinner and overnight at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp.
WE WOULD CHANGE THE ITINERARY BY NOT DRIVING THROUGH QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK TO GET TO BWINDI. IT'S A VERY ROUGH ROAD THAT SHOULDN'T BE DRIVEN ON IN A VAN. IT WAS TORTURE, PLUS WE SAW NO WILDLIFE!

Wednesday, June 26
07:00 Breakfast at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp.
07:30 Mountain gorilla tracking and lunch in Bwindi Park.
Nap - you'll need it!
19:00 Dinner and overnight at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp.

Thursday, June 27
07:00 Breakfast at Volcanoes Bwindi Camp.
07:30 Drove to Kampala (13 hour drive).
12:30 Lunch in Kabale.
21:00 Dinner in Kampala.
Overnight at Hotel Africana, Kampala.
WE WOULD CHANGE THE ITINERARY BY HAVING DINNER IN MASAKA. IT WAS TOO LONG WITHOUT FOOD!

Friday, June 28
Breakfast at Hotel Africana, Kampala.
We were suppose to have a city tour of Kampala and lunch, seeing Kasubi Royal Tombs and Entebbe Wildlife Education Center. Since we both were so sick by this point, we chose our health over sightseeing. Bummer!
12:30 Short city tour and transferred to Entebbe Airport for 15:10 flight back to Nairobi, Kenya.
16:20 Arrived in Nairobi, went to Angela's house.

Saturday, June 29
Slept and rested at Angela's house, Nairobi.
20:00 picked up for redeye flight to London, England.

Sunday, June 30
09:00 Flew to Newark, New Jersey.
Overnight at Howard Johnson, Newark, New Jersey (not planned!).

Monday, July 1
07:00 Flew to San Francisco, California. Yea -- we're home!


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