8 Days Community & Cultural tour around Uganda

Tour Overview:

The 8 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Tours is an interesting safari package that will offer you golden chance to explore the unique cultural and heritage sities that make Uganda a number one cultural destination in Africa. The cultural tour will take you through stunning cultural sites in southwestern Uganda such as Amabere ga Nyinamwiru, the Karambi tombs, and the Batooro King’s palace all in Fort portal, explore the Batwa trail in Bwindi, and Visit the Banyankole Cultural sites in Mbarara district. The 8 days Uganda Community & Cultural tour will amalgamate Uganda’s most exclusive cultural experiences and taste of world class services from some of the finest lodges in Uganda- the pearl of Africa.

Tour Highlights:

Day 1: Transfer to Fort portal & afternoon Fort Portal Crater Lake hike, visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves.

Day 2: Do morning Chimpanzee trekking &Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & Do afternoon Lunch cruise

Day 4: Do an Early Morning game drive & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking & an evening Cultural encounter with the Batwa Communities.

Day 6: Transfer to Mbarara town & Afternoon Visit to the Banyankole Cultural sites.

Day 7: Early morning Community tour to Nshenyi Village.

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala with enrounte stopover at Uganda Equator, Mpambire drum Makers & Departure.

Detailed Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer to Fort portal & afternoon Fort Portal Crater Lake hike, visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves.

After breakfast in your respective Kampala lodge, you will depart Kampala driving on the south western direction to Fort Portal 332km about 4-5 hours’ drive. The drive will take you through the impressive sceneries and along the way, you will visit the Nakayima tree found in Mubende, and there you will be narrated the fascinating tales about the history of this impressive tree. Afterwards continue to Fort Portal and on arrival to the town dubbed to be Uganda’s tourism town, have stopover for lunch after which you will continue to do the Fort Portal Crater Lake Hike to gain impressive views of the Fort Portal explosion crater. You will also visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves with a magical Nyakasura River falling over them forming beautiful water fall. The caves have breast like features which the locals attach a great cultural connotation and are thought to date back to the Chwezi era. Retreat from the activity and get to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Mid-range/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do morning Chimpanzee trekking &Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon.

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After early morning breakfast, embark on the memorable Chimpanzee trekking encounter in the natural habitat of primate Capital of the world – the Kibale Forest National Park. The Park is proud of 13 primate species including the world endangered species of the Chimpanzees which have been fully habituated increasing the chance of encountering them to 90%. The chimp trekking encounter in the primates Capital starts at Kanyanchu tourism center at 8:00am local time in the morning and the experienced Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers are dedicated to lead you throughout the whole rewarding processes of trekking the Chimps in their natural Habitat. The trek exposes you to stunning flora, other primate species including black and white colobus monkey and birds before meeting face to face with the chimps. The Chimpanzees will lure you in a state of amazement as they swing through the branches, make pant hooting calls, play with each other, and imitate your body language along with other features that will make your one full hour with them a memorable experience of its own. Retreat from the activity which tends to take 2 – 5 hours to embark on the transfer to Bigodi wetland. The Bigodi wetland, lies in close distance to the park thus connecting there is less hectic. The Bigodi wetland walk exposes you to typical eco –tourism encounter in Uganda. The impressive flora and fauna existing along with the local community is indeed rewarding to encounter. The sights of great blue turaco and the Sitatnga may not be missed. Retreat from the activity back to lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Mid-range/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & Do afternoon Lunch cruise

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 3 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. You will make a stop at Rwenzori Art foundation – the only bronze casting center in Africa in the shadows of Rwenzori Mountains. Here you will participate in process of sculpture making done in this part of Uganda. Thereafter, you will continue to visit the Ruboni community wax and craft center where you will be exposed to the local traditions and the applicability of indigenous knowledge to contemporary development. Continue to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, driving through the crater where you will have possibilities of viewing the olive baboons and elephants not forgetting magical sceneries before connecting to Mweya peninsular for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise which will offer you possibilities of encountering Hippos, Nile crocodiles, wild game drinking on the channel side and counts of water birds. Retire in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do an Early Morning game drive & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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After your early morning cup of coffee, like at 6:00am, embark on thrilling game drive in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through Kasenyi tracks with the opportunities of meeting the nocturnal wildlife species when they are retreating back to their hiding grounds and also meet the early morning risers when they are starting their daily activities of looking for food. The ranges of wild game which may be seen during the game drive include the elusive leopard, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, Side stripped Jackal; Oribis elephants, lions, buffaloes, Antelopes among others. The tracks are well designed to increase your possibilities of encountering wild game in their natural habitat of Queen Elizabeth National Park. After 3 -4 hours game drives; embark on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The drive will take you through the Ishasha sector where you will have possibilities of encountering tree climbing lions that tend to lie on the branches of fig trees. The drive also exposes you to other wildlife. Continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking & an evening Cultural encounter with the Batwa Communities.

Right after an early morning breakfast, you will proceed to the Park headquarters for registration and join other trekkers in an early morning briefing about the etiquettes of Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. As soon as the briefing is done, you will enter the jungle to trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas. The trek may take you between 2-8 hours to encounter the Mountain gorillas and this will mainly depend on the movement of the apes. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Once up-close to the apes, you will be given one magical hour to View and interact with these stunning apes plus taking photographs. Retire back to the starting point after the one hour and proceed to your lodge for a late lunch and relaxation. After relaxation, you will be driven to the nearby Batwa community for memorable, refreshing cultural encounter.  Here you will be guided by a local guide who will take you to the different communities to see how people have managed to survive through farming.  You will see how local brew is processed from fresh Bananas and forest remedies to get beer and Waragi and also enjoy the performances done by the local Batwa women groups. After that interesting cultural encounter, you will drive back to your respective lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Transfer to Mbarara town & Afternoon Visit to the Banyankole Cultural sites.

After an early morning breakfast, you will embark on drive transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Mbarara town. The drive will take you through the rolling winding hills and terraced landscapes of western region and head to Mbarara town. Upon your arrival at the town, you will have your lunch at Lake View hotel and thereafter embark on afternoon visit to different Mbarara cultural sites like the Banyankole Kingdom shrines, Igongo cultural Centre, visit some Banyankole homesteads to further learn about their fascinating culture, lifestyle and their general practices, and then visit orphanage homes plus women groups. Thereafter, retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Accommodations: Lake View Hotel (Luxury/Upmarket), Igongo Country Hotel (Mid-range/Standard), Pelikan Inn (Budget/Basic)

Day 7: Early morning Community tour to Nshenyi Village

Following your early morning breakfast, you will embark on an early morning dive to Nshenyi Village. The route will take you to this rural farm, where you can learn about the Ankole people’s way of life. On arrival to Nshenyi Cultural Village, you will go on nature walks, visit various homesteads, be entertained by traditional dancers at the cultural village or at one of the homes in the community and experience the pastoralist lifestyle. You will also visit some of the local schools as well as walk through the local markets and visit with the Batwa pottery makers. Thereafter, return to Mbarara town for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodations: Lake View Hotel (Luxury/Upmarket), Igongo Country Hotel (Mid-range/Standard), Pelikan Inn (Budget/Basic)

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala with enrounte stopover at Uganda Equator, Mpambire drum Makers & Departure.

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Right after your early morning breakfast, embark on drive transfer back to the Kampala capital City. Along the way, you will have stopover at the Uganda Equator at Kayabwe where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and take some photographs, Buy some crafts as souvenirs and also stop at the Mpambire drum village for drumming session. Thereafter, proceed to Kampala and on arrival, you will have your lunch and afterwards be transferred to Entebbe international airport for your scheduled flight back home.

End of Safari

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