The 15-day Uganda safari will give you an authentic Uganda experience. Experience Ugandans in their everyday errands and ice it up with plenty of wildlife and scenic landscapes. Expect to engage with the locals as you learn about their culture with opportunities of cooking the tribal delicacies, dance, and crafts. Addition to this cultural experiences will be Gorilla, and Chimp trekking experiences, boat cruises, and game drives that will bring you close to Rhinos, Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Elephants and several bird species.
Safari highlights for 15 Days Uganda Culture, Wildlife and Gorilla Safari
- Rhino tracking
- Game drives
- Cultural engagements
- Boat cruises
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Nature walks
- Crater Lakes
- Tree Climbing Lions
- Gorilla trekking
Itinerary for the 15 days Uganda Culture, Wildlife and Gorilla Safari
Day 1: Arrival for your Uganda cultural safari
Receive a warm welcome by our friendly guide at Entebbe international airport and transferred to your hotel.
Journey time – 1,5 hours
Meal plan – Dinner
- Up market – Kampala Serena
- Mid-range – Cassia Lodge
- Budget – Casa Miltu
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls NP via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Our first major stopover is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will track Rhinos. The experience walking through the reserve will give you a glimpse of some of Africa’s wilderness. After listening to a small briefing from your ranger guide, start your trek to the Rhinos. Depending on location of Rhinos, you might need to drive a distance before exiting and starting the trek.
You will then have lunch and continue the trip to your lodge for the night before exploring Murchison falls national park the next day.
Journey time – 6 hours
- Up market – Paraa Safari Lodge
- Mid-range – Fort Murchison
- Budget – Heritage Lodge
Day 3: Game drive & Boat Safari in Murchison Falls National Park
Today we will leave early morning for a game drive to the northern banks of River Nile. On the game drive we are searching for Lions, Leopard, Giraffes, Elephants, Jackson’s hartebeest, buffaloes, Kob, and an amazing array of bird species.
In the afternoon, the safari will continue on the Nile with a boat ride for game viewing at close quarters. We are likely to see several animals as they come to the Nile to quench their thirst and the residents like Hippos and crocodiles and several water birds.
You will hike up the top of the falls and your driver guide will pick you up and transfer you the lodge for overnight.
Day 4: Cultural Tour in Bunyoro Kingdom
We depart for Hoima town after our breakfast, it currently the headquarter for Bunyoro Kingdom. It is where the current palace of Bunyoro Kingdom where the Omukama resides is located.
We will arrive in time for lunch after which we shall explore the palace in case it is open for the public. Thereafter we shall visit the royal tombs and learn more about Bunyoro Kingdom. We will visit the market in the town center and later retire to the hotel and enjoy the cultural dances from a group the adjacent community.
Journey time – 2 hours
- Mid-range – Hoima cultural village
- Budget – Kontinki Hotel
Day 5: Transfer to Tooro Kingdom
Today morning after breakfast we shall transfer to Tooro Kingdom. This was originally part of Bunyoro Kingdom which was founded by a prince against the fathers wish. The drive from Hoima to Fort portal is about 6 hours depending on the state of the road.
Journey time – 6 hours
- Up market – Kyaninga Lodge
- Mid-range – Mountains of the Moon
- Budget – Rwenzori View Guesthouse
Day 6: The Stunning Fort portal Town – History & Culture
After an early breakfast, we tour Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru – a cultural site with intriguing historical beliefs. From this site we will take a hike up Nyakasura hill where we will be able to view 3 crater lakes and Rwenzori mountains. You will also visit the foot mark believed to have been left by the Bachwezi.
We shall then leave this area and visit a local family where we will spend time engaging in cooking and eating some of the cultural food. We shall also visit the palace and learn more about this culture.
Depending on the day of the week, we get to visit a weekly village market and purchase some products from the locals or simply watch and interact with them.
Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
Today morning we will transfer to the briefing place ready for the chimpanzee trekking. After briefing from the ranger guide, you start hike through the rain forest of kibale which takes anything from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on the location of the chimpanzee community you will be tracking. Along the hiking trail, you might have sightings of the red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white Columbus monkeys and several bird species in Kibale Forest.
After trekking Chimpanzees, we will have local lunch from Tinka’s place before taking a walk in the village. The tour stops by the villages’ primary school, church, and traditional healer. You will learn about the role of women in the village and traditional ceremonies, and the history of Bigodi told through the story of the “Village of Two Tribes.” Income from this activity is invested in education, health, sanitation and improving the livelihood of local residents. It is also used to help raise awareness of the value of biodiversity through music, dance, and drama performances at local schools.
Day 8: Culture experiences with Kikorongo Women Community
After an early morning breakfast we depart for Kikorongo Women community in Kasese near Queen Elizabeth national park. Kikorongo means “too much sunshine” in the Lukonzo language, you will experience this once on location because kikorongo lies astride the equator.
You have opportunities of partincipate in dance, music, drama, and traditional fire making, which can be accompanied by a short craft workshop enjoyed before or after the performance. There is also an option of a cooking lesson and food prepared by the locals.
Journey time – 1,5 hours
- Up market – Mweya Safari Lodge
- Mid-range – Park View Safari Lodge
- Budget – Bush Lodge
Day 9: Game drive and Boat Safari
The day begins early, we go towards the mating ground of Uganda Kobs in search of different game especially the Lions who prey on the numerous Uganda Kob in the area. We are likely to see Warthogs, Elephants, and Buffaloes etc. on our way. We return to the lodge in time for lunch in case we did not pack it.
In the afternoon, we take a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel; enjoy watching the crocodiles bask in the sun plus numerous Hippos – Kazinga Channel known to have the highest concentration of Hippos in the world over!
Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
We awake to a relaxed morning, after breakfast we leave for Bwindi Impenetrable National park for gorilla tracking and cultural experience. Bwindi is home to about 300 wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Journey time – 2 hours
- Up market – Buhoma Lodge
- Mid-range – Haven Lodge
- Budget – Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Day 11: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest
Today will be a highlight for many of the people on this tour. You get to meet the with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Gorilla tracking takes anything between an hour to several hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night. Your driver guide will transferred to the briefing point by your driver guide ready to encounter these massive primates which are among the great Apes.
Once on ground, you will be allocated a gorilla family and you start your trek with your ranger guide and porters.
Day 12: Batwa cultural trail in Bwindi impenetrable forest
After breakfast, we transfer to the starting point for the Batwa cultural experience. The Batwa lived in the impenetrable forest which was their source of livelihood. The Batwa guides will take you through this cultural trail sharing their experience of how they lived in the forest. Learn about their interaction with wild animals, what their food was and how they lived generally.
Day 13: Transfer for the Ankole Culture Encounter in Kibigo
Leave for Kibigo in Mbarara after breakfast with a stopover at Great Lakes Museum. After touring the museum we proceed to a rural homestead where you will experience traditional way of living versus modernity. You will be hosted in a modern home but have experiences of the village.
Journey time – 3 hours
Day 14: Cultural and village experiences
The morning starts before daybreak with milking the long horned Ankole cows. Breakfast is served at the farm and later we take a village walk. Experience the lifestyle of the people, be part of their farming time, and go to the field with the herdsman. Learn more about their lifestyle, food, and their other native habits. In the evening, you can enjoy traditional dancing and singing of a non-professional local group.
Day 15: Flight out – Departure
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. Thank you for experiencing Uganda and her people with us. Come again!
What to bring
- Gorilla permit
- Ground transport
- Community experiences
- Park entrance
- Boat & Canoe trips
- Bottled water in the safari vehicle
- Full board accommodation for two nights
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Tips to porters and driver/ guide
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