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Uganda Safaris

7 Day Cultural Tour

 


Day 1: Arrive Kampala

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be greatly welcomed by our driver guide who will take you to Pearl of Africa Hotel for overnight.


Day 2: Do Cultural tour in Kampala City; explore the Kabaka’s palace (Lubiri), Kabaka’a Lake, traditional worship centers, Uganda National Museum & the craft centers

After breakfast, embark on the cultural tour with in Kampala city. You explore the cultural sites of Buganda Kingdom which is one of the last surviving intact and large Kingdoms in Africa. The tour also exposes to the heritage sites of national significance. You explore the Kasubi tomb which is a world heritage site and a burial ground for the Kings of Buganda. At the moment, there are four Kings laid to rest at the site. You proceed to tour the Kings Palace at Lubiri which is the main seat of the Kingdom of Buganda. You explore the ancient fire that has never stopped burning unless the King is dead. You can take a walk along the fascinating Royal mile and connect to Bulange Parliament the traditional center for Lukiiko that demonstrates that Buganda already had an established Parliament even before the coming of Europeans. The tour will proceed to the Kabaka’s lake which is a manmade lake that was dug by the King Mwanga of Buganda in the pre-colonial Uganda. It is a magical experience.  In the afternoon, you to tour the Uganda National Museum which features historical, cultural geological and a range of other artifacts of Uganda and the day is crowned by the tour to the craft centers along Buganda road, the Nommo gallery and the National Theater to explore various art crafts made or sold in Uganda. Retire for overnight

We have an evening option for the Kampala night life; Guvnor, Cayenne Bar and restaurant,

Accommodation

Accommodation(click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Humura Resorts

Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort


Day 3: Tour the Naggalabi Coronation Site & Wamala Tombs in Wakiso district

You drive after breakfast to Naggalabi coronation site which is in Buddo. You explore the coronation site of the Kings of Buganda attending to a themed interpretation from a local guide on how Naggalabi became to be the coronation site and the significance of various houses, the sites, physical features among other aspects at the site to the Kingdom of Buganda and their role in the coronation process. You explore the mound where Kintu killed Bemba from, the Buganda house where the King spends some days after the coronation, Gusinze tree which is noted to be over 200 years old and a re-known court in the traditional Buganda among other aspects. You retreat from Naggalabi before lunch and drive to Wamala for a tour to the Wamala tombs where you explore the ancient tomb of Ssekabaka Ssuna of Buganda who is noted to have had 148 wives and produced 218 children, He is the last Buganda King to have had a jaw bone which is believed to contain his spirit placed in the royal shrine and taken care by his descendants. You retreat from Wamala to retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation(click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Humura Resorts

Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort


Day 4: Tour the Kagulu hill & make a stop at Ssezibwa Falls

This day you explore the Ssezibwa Falls another cultural site of Buganda which is noted to have been born by a woman and the Kings of Buganda tend to go there for worship and cleansing. It is a significant cultural site in Buganda. From Sseizibwa, you proceed to hike the Kagulu in Buyende past Jinja to encounter the culture of the Basoga. The protruding rock is noted to be the place where Namutukula is believed to have landed upon arrival.  At the site, there are other smaller hills which are believed to be the wives of Kagulu including Mawaale, Kagwese, Mpanga, Nakyeere, Butadewo and Bukolimo. In the north of the hill, there lies a traditional shrine of an aging oracle named Mandwa Kagulu Nabiryo who is noted to be haunted by 45 spirits which own and patrol the Kagulu hill. It is a magical site for culture and at the same time for adventure and sight-seeing. Retreat back to Kampala to mark the end of the experience. Afternoon at leisure, overnight at The Haven Lodge.

 

 


Day 5: Transfer to Fortportal

Very early morning transfer to Fort Portal with a branch off to Nakayima Tree in Mubende then continue to Fort Portal which lies close to the fabled mountains of the moon where we shall check in at our respective hotel for dinner and overnight stay overnight at either mountains of the moon hotel or attaco country resort.FB


Day 6: Learning more about the cultures of the Batoro & Bakojo

After breakfast, we will start our full-day tour filled with real discoveries. We will first visit a tribal community at the foothills of the Rwenzoris, where the locals look forward to welcoming and entertaining us. From here we will tour the area and then have lunch. Where we will enjoy a small entertainment show, provided by the Bakonjo and Batoro people. This event will be followed by a visit to the local women’s group to observe the process of making artifacts for their community. For Dinner and our overnight stay, we return to either mountains of the moon Hotel or attaco counntry resort. 


Day 7:

Return to Kampala for your flight back home or overnight at your hotel

5 Day Queen Elizabeth Tour


 Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth

Set off from Kampala and head to Queen Elizabeth national park; located on the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese using the Masaka-Mbarara road.   Stop over at Mpambire drum makers and the equator for photographs.  Go on to Queen Elizabeth; check in at Mweya Safari lodge/Mweya Hostel/Simba Safari Lodge. After checking inn, take some time off to relax, you can either do an evening game drive in the Mweya Peninsular. You will spot buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes and elephants or you can visit the Lake Katwe town with its attractive display of crater lakes. Check out salt mining. Return back to Mweya Safari Lodge / Simba Safari Lodge.


Day 2: Game Viewing and Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Wake up early, take breakfast then start with a game view to Kasenyi plains. You are likely to see black and white colobus monkey, bush buck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes. A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee-eater along the banks of Lake Edward. Return to lodge for lunch; then in afternoon go for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel (2hrs) along Lake George-Lake Edward, come eye-eye with gaping hippos, crocodiles, leopards though infrequent. Ornithologists should look out for over 550 resident species like flamingos, red chest, papyrus Gonolek, pink backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, pink backed pelicans, water thick-knee, yellow billed stork, shoebill stock. Don’t forget your camera. Return to Mweya Safari Lodge /Simba Safari Lodge.

 

 


Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park and visit Bigodi Swamp

After taking breakfast, depart from Queen Elizabeth to Kibale National Park. Kibale forest national Park has the highest concentration of primates in East Africa with 13 species and overall 60 mammal species and so far offers the best excellent chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. In the evening, you will visit Bigodi wetland sanctuary for a nature walk and go back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Crater safari lodge/ primates lodge.


Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kanyanchu

After morning breakfast, wake up early to track chimps near Kanyanchu. This can take you half a day. There are primates in the area like the golden monkey, L’Hoest monkey, baboons, white and black Colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red Colobus, blue monkeys and pottos. Other animals involve forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs and a striking tree species. Later take a guided nature walk to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a good site for birders. The Great Blue Turaco and Papyrus Gonolek can easily be marked among the other bird 137 species. There is also an array of butterfly species. Dinner and overnight at Crater safari lodge/ primates lodge.

 

 


Day 5: Transfer to Kampala

Enjoy breakfast at leisure and transfer back to Kampala.  Stopover in Fort Portal where you can take lunch. This marks the end of the end of trip.

5 Day Gorilla Trekking


Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Park

After breakfast, depart Kampala for queen Elizabeth national park stopping at the equator for photography reaching in the afternoon. Check in at the lodge, have lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya safari lodge


Day 2: Game Drive-Launch Trip

After breakfast at 8:00 am transfer to Ishasha – the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park in search of tree climbing lions. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Mweya to Ishasha Gate. At 10:00 am lions begin climbing fig trees as they seek shelter in the tree branches from the scorching sunshine and relaxing after a night and morning feast on the antelopes.

After lunch enjoy a 2 hour launch trip at the Kazinga channel; get a chance to catch up with the rest of the animals such as crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, different bird species etc. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.


Day 3: Bwindi National Park

Breakfast at leisure and proceed to Bwindi national park, arrive in time for lunch. Enjoy the evening Batwa (Pygmies) community walk. Overnight stay at Gorilla Forest Camp.


Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Cultural walk to Batwa People 

You will have morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing before trekking. From there, you will hike into the forest following different trails in the forest in follow of the allocated gorilla family. From there with the lead of an armed ranger, hike into the forest in search of a mountain gorilla family which will take you between 3o minutes and a whole day depending on the movement and location of the gorillas that day but you are greatly assured of seeing these endangered species. In the evening, you will visit the batwa pygmies communities who will introduce you to their traditional forest life. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.


Day 5: Departure

Breakfast in the morning, depart for Kampala with a stop at Buganda Road at the African craft market for to buy some souvenirs.

5 Day Murchison fall Safari


Day 1: Arrival

On the arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel in Entebbe town/Kampala on B&B basis. 


Day 2: Evening Game Drive

Early in the morning we drive northwards through the infamous Luwero triangle and stop over at hotel for lunch. Drive to the park in time to enjoy the spectacular falls where the mighty Nile perfects its beautiful falls creating a thunderous roar. After viewing the might Nile river tumbling down this narrow chasm we embark on a 2 to 3 hour evening game drive with our knowledgeable game ranger before returning we return to our accommodation for dinner and a overnights rest in your comfortable accommodation in the park.


Day 3:Boat Trip to cross mighty Nile River

Early wake up for breakfast before embarking on a boat trip to cross the mighty Nile River, the longest river in the world. Disembarking from the boat on the far bank, we board our game drive vehicle for our morning game drive in spectacular surroundings teeming with African wildlife.

We spend two to three hours searching for Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, Bushbucks, Lions and a wide variety of bird species. Return for lunch with time to rest before boarding the Boat for an exciting trip upstream to view the Murchison waterfalls from the bottom of the falls, where a mass of water from the mighty Nile River is compacted through a narrow 7 meter gorge to form the most powerful waterfall in the World.

Many species of wildlife will be seen on the banks of this spectacular game viewing area. This is an opportunity to see the amazing numbers of hippos, crocodiles, water birds along either side of the river. Return for dinner and overnight in the park.


Day 4:Chimpanzee Trekking in Budongo Forest

After breakfast we drive through Ugandan countryside which alone is worth a trip and go for chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest. Uganda is one of the best places anywhere to see properly habituated wild chimpanzees in their natural environments. To interact with these wild Chimpanzees in their natural habitat is indeed an honour and a lifelong memory in the making.

We have lunch in Masindi and return to Kampala at leisure in time for dinner and overnight in the city of Kampala.


Day 5: Departure

Reserved for your flight back home.

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