15 Days Uganda Culture, Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

This 15-day Uganda safari will give you an authentic Uganda experience engaging with the people and watching the wildlife of Uganda. 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

  • Rhino tracking
  • Game drives
  • Cultural engagements
  • Boat cruises
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Nature walks
  • Crater Lakes
  • Tree Climbing Lions
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Equator

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for your Uganda cultural safari

On arrival at the Airport you will be welcomed by a representative of Kagera Safaris and later traceried to your hotel in Entebbe town from where you will begin your safari the next day.

Journey time – 20 minutes
Meal plan – Dinner
Accommodation

  • Up market – Hotel No 5
  • Mid-range – The Boma
  • Budget – African Roots GH

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls NP via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

rhino-ziwaOur 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 – 5 hours
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Accommodation

  • Up market – Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range – Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Budget – Murchison River Lodge ( Standard rooms)

Day 3: Game drive & Boat Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

giraffes-murchison-falls-ugandaToday 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.

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Day 4: Cultural Tour in Bunyoro Kingdom

bunyoro-cultureWe 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 residence is located.

We arrive in time for lunch after which we explore the palace in case it is open for the public. Thereafter we visit the royal tombs and learn more about Bunyoro Kingdom. We will then end with a visit to the market in the town centre before retiring to the hotel and enjoy the cultural dances from a group the adjacent community.

Journey time – 2 hours
Accommodation

  • 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. You have most of the afternoon at leisure to recover from the past hectic activities as you explored Uganda.

Journey time – 4 hours

Accommodation

  • Up market – Kyaninga Lodge
  • Mid-range – Mountains of the Moon
  • Budget – Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 6: The Stunning Fort portal Town – History & Culture

amabere-ga-nyinamwiruAfter 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.

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Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park

tinka-homestayToday 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 lunch from Tinka’s place before taking a walk in the village.  The tour stops by the villages’ primary school, church, and traditional healer. 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.

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Day 8:  Culture experiences with Kikorongo Women Community

uganda-Equator-kikorongoAfter 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 because kikorongo lies astride the equator.

You have opportunities to participate in different activities as organised by the women. You might have a short craft workshop enjoyed before or after a dance  performance. There is also an option of a cooking lesson and food prepared by the locals.

Journey time – 1,5 hours

Accommodation

  • Up market – Kyambura Gorge Lodge
  • Mid-range – Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
  • Budget – Elephant Hab 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 a high concentration of Hippos and maybe Elephants as they come for water. The boat ride is anything between 1.5 – 2 hours.

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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 over 400 mountain gorillas making it the areas with them most gorillas. The time to drive  from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi depends on the sector of Bwindi you will be tracking from.

Journey time – 4 hours
Accommodation

  • Up market – Buhoma Lodge
  • Mid-range – Haven Lodge
  • Budget – Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 11:  Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest

gorilla-in-ugandaToday will be a highlight for many of the people on this tour. You get to meet 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 where you will meet the ranger guide and porters who you will go with to the forest.

After briefing, you will be divided into different groups and allocated a gorilla family you will be tracking.

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Day 12:  Batwa cultural trail in Bwindi impenetrable forest

The Batwa lived in the impenetrable forest which was their source of livelihood before it was a made a national park. 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.

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Day 13: Transfer for the Ankore Culture Experience

Uganda is home to different cultures, this morning after breakfast, you will leave to experience the Ankore culture in a village. You will have a stopover at Great Lakes Museum – a basic effort by someone to share the life of the people in this region. After touring the museum we proceed to a rural homestead where you will experience traditional way of living versus modernity.

Journey time – 3 hours
Accommodation

  • Homestead

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.

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Day 15: Transfer to the Airport

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!

Journey time – 5 hours

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Tour includes

  • 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

Tour excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

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