The 18-day 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.
Uganda safari highlights
- Rhino tracking
- Game drives
- Cultural engagements
- Boat cruises
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Nature walks
- Crater Lakes
- Tree Climbing Lions
- Gorilla tracking
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.
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.
Day 3: Game drive & Boat Safari – 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 thereafter transfer to overnight at Boomu women’s group.
Day 4: Cultural Experience at Boomu Women’s Group
Today we will receive a briefing from Edna the proprietor on the different activities available for you join in for the day. The different activities for you to participate in include a scenic village tour which tells everyday rural life. On this tour, the guide will show you various crops grown in this area and end with visit to village blacksmith. You will also have a visit to the story teller with tales about customs and the local way of life. Depending on interests and time a visit to the nursery, a cooking demonstration or a basket weaving class will be arranged on request.
Day 5: Cultural Tour to Bunyoro Kingdom
We depart for Hoima town where the capital of Bunyoro Kingdom. It is home to the current palace of Bunyoro Kingdom where the Omukama resides. Our first visit will be the palace in case it is open for the public. Thereafter we shall visit the royal tombs and learn more about Bunyoro Kingdom. We retire to the hotel and enjoy the cultural dances from a group the adjacent community.
Day 6: 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. We spend the day traveling and arrive at the hotel later that afternoon and rest from the journey.
Day 7: The Stunning Fort portal Town – History & Culture
After an early breakfast, we tour Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru – a cultural site with intriguing historical beliefs. We will have time to visit the palace and engage in cooking and eating the cultural food. Depending on the day of the week, we get to visit a weekly village market day.
Day 8: 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 9: Culture encounter 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 partincipation in dance, music, drama, and traditional fire making, which can be accompanied by a short craft workshop enjoyed before or after the performance.
Day 10: 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 11: 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.
Day 12: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest
The highlight of your safari will be meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Gorilla tracking takes anything between an hour to 6 hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night. You will be 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 13: 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 14: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After our breakfast, we depart to Lake Bunyonyi, which is the 2nd deepest lake in Africa. Enjoy the great sceneries of interlocking hills that are terraced by the locals as they tilled the land for survival.
On arrival after checking into our lodge, we will take a boat trip on lake Bunyonyi and learn about the history of the different Islands. The Islands include; Sharp’s Island, Punishment Island and Bushara Island etc. After lunch enjoy a swim in Lake Bunyonyi, or climb a hill or go for canoe trekking while you watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 15: 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.
Day 16: 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 17: Igongo Cultural Museum and Depart to Kampala
After breakfast, we depart Kibigo and drive towards Kampala and proceed to Entebbe. We will stopover at Igongo culture Museum that displays the life of the native Ankole and Kigezi people. We will have lunch at the Equator monument for more souvenir shopping and experiment. Arrive later that evening to your hotel.
Day 18: 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!
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