7 Days Eastern Uganda Cultural &Community Tour

Tour Overview:

The 7 Eastern Uganda Cultural & Community Tour starts and ends in Kampala Capital City. The 7 day’s Community tour will take you through Jinja the home of adventure in Uganda to Mbale town – a charming town full of rich heritage and fascinating culture. Visit the Bagisu people who are famous farmers mainly producing best Arabic Coffee in the whole world and also explore Sipi falls and meet the Savbinyi tribe famous for their female circumcision culture, From Sipi falls, the safari tour will link you the local Karamojong community which is a mysterious Uganda Cultural& Community tour destination, squeezed into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya. This interesting community tour will combine Uganda’s most splendid Kidepo national park with unique community experiences and taste of world class services from some of the finest lodges in Uganda.

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Kampala cultural tour

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja with enroute visit to Sezibwa falls, Mabira forest.

Day 3: Transfer to Sipi Falls & Afternoon Cultural encounter

Day 4: Hike to Sipi falls & Transfer to Kitgum town.

Day 5: Transfer from Kitgum to Kidepo National Park & Afternoon Community walk.

Day 6: Do an Early Morning Game Drive & Evening Cultural Encounter.

Day 7: Transfer from Kidepo National Park to Kampala/Entebbe.

Description:

Day 1: Kampala cultural tour

After your early Morning Breakfast, you will be picked up from your Kampala hotel and embark on Kampala cultural tour. The cultural city tour will take you through different sites such as Kasubi tombs -where the kings and royals of the Buganda kingdom are buried, Nagalabi – the Buganda kingdom coronation site, Bahai temple, the Kabaka’s lake and the Palace of the Buganda king and Uganda Museum. Have stopover for lunch in any of Kampala hotels and thereafter embark on visit to different art and craft centers, cultural markets like Owino, Namungo Martyrs Shrine in addition to many other fascinating sites, where you will learn about the true history of Uganda, its kingdoms and its rich varied culture. Later In the evening, head to the Ndere Cultural center where you will enjoy lots of entertainment including traditional cultural dances. Thereafter, retire back to your lodge for Diner and overnight stay.

Accommodations: Kampala Serena Hotel (Upmarket /Luxury), Acacia lodge (Mid-Range/Standard), Buziga Country Resort (Budget).

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja with enroute visit to Sezibwa falls, Mabira forest.

Sezibwa-falls

Following your early morning breakfast, you will depart Kampala driving on Kampala-Jinja highway to Jinja. The drive journey of 80 kms will take you through small townships of Mukono where you will branch off to visit Sezibwa falls to see a cultural site related to the Buganda Kingdom. Thereafter proceed with the drive through Mabira forest-the only forest reserve with over 100 species of large moths,218 butterfly fauna, 300 species of birds e.g. blue swallow, papyrus gonolek and the nahan francolins, the purple throated cuckoo .On arrival at Jinja, you will head to Sunset Hotel in Jinja where you will have short stopover for lunch. Thereafter lunch, continue to explore the White Nile which is 7 times the volume of the great Zambezi and yet the longest river in the whole of Africa. Visit the impressive Bujagali Lake and have an opportunity to see the dazzling white water of the River Nile squeezing its way through the rocks. In addition, you will see the true Jinja rafting source of the River Nile, the exact point where this river starts its long journey across the African continent. After the adventurous experience, retire back to the starting point and thereafter drive to Jinja town in Jinja, thereafter continue with the drive to Jinja town for city tour. The tour will expose you to different Indian styled structures which were used by many Indians before they were evicted by President Idi Amin Dada. You may also enjoy the sights of many shops located along the Jinja main road and you can decide to buy Ugandan Crafts in any of the craft shops in Jinja. Retreat back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay after the city tour.

Accommodation: Jinja Nile Resort (Luxury/Upmarket), Sunset Hotel Jinja (Standard/Mid-Range), Timton Hotel (Budget/Basic)

Day 3: Transfer to Sipi Falls & Afternoon Cultural encounter

After an early morning breakfast, you will depart Jinja town driving to eastern part of Uganda. The drive journey to Sipi falls will take you through small townships of Iganga, Busembatia, to Mbale town, a charming town full of rich heritage and fascinating culture. On arrival to Sipi falls, you will drive to your lodge to check-in and have lunch .After lunch; embark on drive to the nearby Bagisu community for marvelous cultural encounter. The encounter comes with the pride of meeting the Sipi Widows’ Group that can take you on guided walk passing through the plantations of coffee as they  illustrate how coffee is planted, picked, grinded and finally washed making it ready for sell. The encounter will also enable you to interact and enjoy the colorful traditional (Kadodi) dances, dresses and the handicrafts of the Gishu which are worthy seeing, visit the enormous caves, scenic peaks, gorges, and hot Springs, (optional). The village markets bustle with life, and local craftsmen work as they have done for generations. In this area you can discover the infinitive and variety of lifestyles and heritage which makes Uganda so special. Thereafter, retreat back to your lodge for dinner and Over Night.

Accommodation: Sipi Falls Lodge (Up-Market), Lacarm Lodge (Mid-range) Crow’s Nest (Budget)

Day 4: Hike to Sipi falls & Transfer to Kitgum town.

sipi-falls

Following your early morning breakfast, embark on a lovely hike to Sipi falls. The hike is too magnificent as you move to the bottom of the splendid three waterfalls. You will proceed with a quick steep climb to a series of stunning caves. As you proceed to the perplexing trail to the other waterfalls, you will pass through banana plantations. After exploring the falls, retire to the starting point and thereafter embark on transfer to Kitgum town. The long distance drive will take you through different types of landscapes and traditional village. On arrival to the town, you will drive to your pre-booked hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Bomah Hotel (Luxury /Mid-Rnge), Jaflo Gardens Guest House (Budget)

Day 5: Transfer from Kitgum to Kidepo National Park & Afternoon Community walk.

cultural-encounter-in-kidepo

After your early morning breakfast, you will continue with your drive journey from Kitgum town to Kidepo Valley national park which is Uganda’s magnificent and Africa's finest wildernesses Park .The drive will take you through the remote villages of Acholi, to the local Karamonjos homesteads and finally into the valleys of Kidepo national park the most beautiful protected area in the Uganda. On arrival to the park, you will drive direct to your lodge to check-in, have lunch and after lunch, you will embark on community walk and this will take you to the Karamajong homesteads locally called manyattas and probably kraals to see traditional costumes, stools, spears headdress, knives, bows and arrows and jewelry. Retire back to the lodge after the activity, have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Apoka safari lodge (Luxury/Upmarket) NgaMoru camp (Mid-range), UWA Bandas Campsites (Budget)

Day 6: Do an Early Morning Game Drive & Evening Cultural Encounter.

After an early morning breakfast, embark on an early morning game drive along the designated Kidepo trails to Kanangorok hot spring. The park harbors a great diversity of wildlife species than other parks in Uganda. Of the 80 species of mammals recorded in the park, 28 are not known to occur in any other Ugandan parks. The game drive will give you possibilities meeting the Carnivore species such as bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, and cheetah, hunting dog. The game drive will enable you to have closer account to other wildlife species like Elephant, Burch ell’s zebra, bush pig, warthog, Rothschild giraffe, cape buffalo, eland, bush buck, bush duskier, defassa water buck, bohor reed buck, jackson’s hartbeest and oribi. After the early morning game drive, you will retire to your lodge for lunch, relaxation as you wait for an evening cultural encounter. Embark on an evening cultural encounter with the Karamajongoes local people living in the nearby areas of Kidepo Valley National Park. Cultural encounter will expose you to unique traditional dances such as the Emuya of the Naporre and Nyangia, ethnic groups and Larakaraka and Apiti dances of the Acholi. After the activity, retreat back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury) Nga’ Mou Wilderness Camp (Midrange) and UWA bandas (Budget) Full Board

Day 7: Transfer from Kidepo National Park to Kampala/Entebbe.

After an early morning breakfast, embark on transfer from Kidepo Valley National Park to Kampala 571kms about 10-12 hours’ drive. The long drive journey will take you through the interesting savannah grasslands of Kitgum district to Gulu town .You will have stopover for lunch in Gulu town and thereafter, continue with the drive through the open grasslands of Nakasongola District to Luwero Triangle –the area which was greatly affected by the 1980's Ugandan Civil War and finally to Kampala City. On arrival to Kampala, you will be dropped to your Kampala lodge for dinner and Over Night or Entebbe international Airport for your scheduled flight back home.

End of Safari.

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