Uganda Culture Experience Tour in 13 Days

Uganda Culture Experience Tour

Uganda Culture Experience Tour

  • 13 DAYS
  • COUNTRIES: UGANDA
  • START: ENTEBBE
  • RETURN: DAR ES SALAM

Overview

Experience a new dimension to your African holiday on this 13 Day Uganda Culture Experience Tour – excursion based on Uganda’s rich history and culture. Uganda is a country with a diversity of tribes with different cultures, traditions and lifestyles. Each tribe in Uganda has its own traditional land and customs and a way of life inherited from their ancestors.

The Uganda Culture Experience Holiday will take you for a cultural and wildlife adventure difficult to forget. From the laughter of children, a wayward cow, drying coffee beans, to chatty birds paint the backdrop of your stay. This is a land where spirits speak through mediums to treat ailments and predict the future. You will meet the Spirit Healer, whose remarkable abilities have made him a legend. Your days will be filled with antics.

You will also indulge your self in Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park, Game viewing and boat launch trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park and then crown it all with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Safari Highlights

  • See, Eat, Dance, walk with, celebrate and experince the rich culture of the people of Uganda
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Western Uganda
  • Follow the chimpanzees in Kibale as the engage in their daily activites
  • View the dramatic savannah wildlife  in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Celebrate Uganda culture with the Batwa people of Bwindi Forest

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Kampala Cultural and City Tour
Day 3: Transfer to Jinja, Source of the Nile Rive
Day 4: Bujagali Falls, visit the shaman – Spirit Healer
Day 5: Jinja through Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest
Day 7: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 8: Game Drive & Boat Launch in Queen Elizabeth
Day 9: QENP transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 10: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 11: Bwindi transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 12: Game Drive and Transfer to Kampala
Day 13: Kampala Culture and set off for Entebbe

See detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kamapal

2 Nights at Cassia Lodge

Arrive at the Entebbe Airport, met by your guide and transfer to Kampala for your first night. You will be briefed on your Safari later in the day.

Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Kampala Culture Tour

Early morning breakfast, visit the Kasubi Tombs, these are the traditional royal tombs for the Kabaka’s of Buganda situated a few kilometers away from the city center. These tombs of impressive ancient architecture are a very important symbol for the Baganda. The big round hut is where 4 of the 37 kings of Buganda were buried. Proceed to the Wamala tombs. This is a place of ritual and ceremony involving the dead king’s (Suuna11) umbilical cord, jawbone and other magical objects. The Baganda traditional dancers will be at hand to entertain you.

In the afternoon, return to Kampala, lunch, then visit the Uganda Museum that showcases many traditional artifacts including historical musical instruments, Owino market, national theater and then end your day with a visit to Owino market.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: B,L,D

Day 3: Transfer to Jinja

2 night at Nile Porch

Get up early, breakfast and then drive East to Jinja, the land of the Basoga tribe. On your way, you will visit another cultural site of the Baganda people. This is the beautiful Sezibwa falls, used by the Kabakas for traditional healing. A witch doctor lives on the site and Ugandans from all over the country come and visit the site regularly. Drive through the Mabira forest to Jinja. After lunch you will visit the source of the River Nile.

Room Type: Cottage Meal Basis: B,L,D

Day 4: Jinja to Bujagali Falls, Spiritual Healer

After breakfast, visit the fascinating Bujagali falls, where you will meet the magical “Spirit Healer” whose remarkable abilities have made him a legend. Later visit a local fishing village. Return to your hotel for Lunch. In the afternoon, visit the local villages and experience first hand how the Basoga live, you will be entertained by the Basoga dancers, retire to your hotel.

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 5: Jinja through Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park

2 nights at Ndali Lodge/Primates Lodge

This morning you will embark on wilderness tour. Drive back to Kampala, then Westward to Kibale Forest National Park having lunch en route for Chimpanzee trekking.

The route slowly ascends from the Lake Victoria basin into the lush rolling foothills of The Rwenzori Mountains (famous Mountains of the Moon). The road passes through villages and farmland where every imaginable tropical fruit and vegetable of the tropics can be seen growing.

Bird watching is excellent as the road passes through the rainforest regions, agricultural land, papyrus swamps and scrubland before reaching the famous tea growing area around Fort Portal and Kyenjojo.

Pass through Tea Plantations into Kibale Forest and to the camp. Afternoon tea and then off to the swamp for the guided nature walk. The swamp is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organization formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for the local communities.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: D

Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

Today you spend the morning hiking through the dense overgrowth of the Kibale Forest in search of primates, both greater and lesser. The forest has well marked trails that make it easily accessible.

Kibale is inhabited by three large communities of habituated Chimpanzees. Typically you will locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then observe them as they feed in the trees, lounge or hunt (this is usually an adrenaline-filled moment!). Chimps move quickly through the bushy canopy hunting colobus monkeys and bush babies, and will occasionally capture ground dwellers such as small duikers or dik-dik. Though they feed primarily on figs and other fruits, they are effective hunters.

Expert national park guides will accompany you and will reveal some of the botanical secrets of the forest. The afternoon will be set-aside for a visit to the local Women group that specializes in basket weaving. Later in the evening around the campfire, you will get to enjoy the traditional Runyege dancers.

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 7: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park

2 nights at Mweya Safari Lodge

After an early morning breakfast, you will say goodbye to Kibale and return to Fort Portal. This rural Ugandan town is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we stop briefly to examine some of this local art.

Leaving Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed “Mountains of the Moon”. This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga.

You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

Meal Plan: D

Day 8: Wildlife Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today’s exploration of Queen Elizabeth National Park begins with an early morning launch trip on the Kazinga Channel. This fresh water system, joining Lake Edward and Lake George, boasts of the highest concentration of Nile Hippos in the world. In addition to these semi-aquatic mammals, the launch affords unique opportunities to view other mammals, and birds as they come to the waters edge to drink or bathe. Expect to see Waterbuck, Bushbuck, CapeBuffalo, Hartebeest, Giant Forest Hog, Warthog, Elephant, and potentially Leopard and Lion. The scenic beauty of the park is a perfect backdrop for the wildlife drama that takes place before you.

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

2 Nights at Gorilla Forest Camp / Engagi Lodge 

You are up early this morning for a final game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, hoping to catch a glimpse of the more elusive wildlife of this lovely sanctuary. You then drive through Ishasha area of the park hoping to see the famous tree climbing lions (weather permitting) and then through the scenic area known as the “Switzerland” of East Africa, to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your gorilla treks.

In the evening you will visit to the Batwa pygmy community. The history of Bwindi is inextricably linked to the pygmies as they formerly lived within its boundaries. Get to learn more about their way of life, as you get entertained to their traditional dance and music.

Day 10: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This day will be for gorilla tracking. You will rise early and after breakfast, be driven to a point in the park where your hike will begin. Well- trained guides lead you to a point where the gorillas were encountered the day before. The hike duration is determined by the gorillas whose continuous search for food requires a nomadic lifestyle. The trek can take from 1-9 hours at altitudes in excess of 7,500ft and over rough and steep terrain.

Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants make your experience extremely interesting. Upon encountering the gorillas, your fatigue is quickly forgotten. The gorillas are not tame, but they have been scientifically habituated to accept the presence of quiet and non-threatening observers. Each strictly regulated 60- minutes visit passes all too quickly, and you must depart, leaving the gorillas to their fragile existence.

You will take a packed lunch and water for your meal and picnic in the forest. Porters are available at the park headquarters to help you carry. Return to your accommodation at the edge of the park. (NB: We cannot guarantee seeing gorillas).

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 11: Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park

1 night at Mantana tented camp

After breakfast we depart for Lake Mburo National Park. En route, we pass through Uganda’s Ankole District where the people keep massively horned cattle, which have been bred in this region for centuries and are used as an indicator of personal wealth. The horns of these domestic beasts may measure well in excess of four feet each. Small children tend their herds, making sure that the cattle don’t invade the fertile fields and banana plantations that dot the countryside.

We continue to Lake Mburo National Park, a small park surrounding a lovely system of lakes and papyrus swamps. Mburo offers perhaps the best opportunities in Uganda to see birds associated with acacia woodlands, such as the Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Black-bellied Bustard, Black-headed Gonolek, Grey Hornbill and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater.

The only large predators here are Spotted Hyena and Leopard, but the park is home to a large variety of ungulate species, including African Buffalo, Topi, Uganda Kob, Oribi, Reedbuck, Klipspringer, Defassa Waterbuck, Common Zebra and Eland. This is the only place in Uganda where Impala are found. Nile Hippo and Crocodile are also fairly common in the park.

Later in the evening you will visit a typical Ankole homestead and watch how women here process their milk locally.

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala, Culture Tour

View game as you leave the camp for Kampala, pass through the town of Masaka near the shores of Lake Victoria, then continue through huge papyrus swamps, fragmented rainforest, with a stop at the equator and Mpigi Royal drum makers and witness how drums have been made in Uganda for centuries.

Long before the coming of the Europeans, the Buganda people had a highly structured society and drums were used extensively for long distance and rapid communications. Check into your hotel, later in the afternoon, you will climax your adventure by visiting the famous Ndere Troupe at their cultural village and get entertained to their repertoire.

You will get to see all the different dances of most of the Ugandan tribes.

Day 13: Kampal Culture Tour and transfer to Entebbe

Breakfast, drive to Entebbe Airport for your departure flight. (Your flight should be late in the afternoon or in the evening otherwise, another night can be arranged in Entebbe)

End of the Highlights of East Africa Safari

Important: This Uganda Culture Safari can be tailored to suite your style and budget without sticking to the itinerary designed on here. Contact our team of safari experts to get you started on planning this trip.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • One gorilla trekking permit per person @ US $600

Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any additional activities not offered as scheduled by the camps or lodges
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotels, lodges or camps

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