Arrival. Early Arrivals have will experience an exciting entertainment welcome from at the Ndere Centre in Kampala. See how amazingly the dancers wiggle their bodies to the lovely beats of the traditional instruments Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana.
After Breakfast, we visit cultural sites around Kampala. These include Kasubi tombs where Buganda kings and royals are buried, Kabaka’s lake and Palace, Nagalabi coronation site, Nakasero Green Market, Mulago Hospital, Uganda Museum, Cultural Market, Bahai temple, Namugongo shrines and many other interesting sites, learn the real history of what happened in Buganda, the transformations they have gone through and how different cultures interact yet without clashing with one another.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana
Whole day workshop at Ndere Centre. Training in different cultural activities. These include cooking traditional foods, traditional dancing, dressing in traditional attire and courtship the Ugandan style. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana
After break fast back to the Ndere Cultural center for various competitions. The winners are awarded prizes and certificates. Evening entertainment by Ndere troupe.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana
After break fast drive to the Eastern part of the country and visit the White Nile that is seven times the volume of the Zambezi and the longest river in Africa. Visit the mighty Bujjagali falls and get a chance of seeing the real sparkling white water of the Nile as it forces its way through the stones. Listen the mysteries that surrounds Bujjagali falls Lunch at Sunset Hotel. Drive to Tororo in the afternoon
Dinner and overnight at Tororo Rock Hotel..
After breakfast climb the Tororo Rock hill. The highest altitude of Tororo rock is 4865ft with a gradient of about 0.75 from the east to the west. Visit the ancestral cave and the various Rock paintings. Lunch at the Hotel. Afternoon entertainment by the local community group.
Dinner and overnight at Tororo Rock Hotel.
After breakfast we transfer to Kampala Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana
After breakfast drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Stop over in Masindi for lunch at Masindi Hotel. Proceed to the Park. Dinner and overnight at Paara safari Lodge.
After breakfast you will visit the falls. This is the most exciting falls in East and Central Africa the reason why the park is named after the falls, see how and where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing frequency. After lunch, you will take a boat to the bottom of the falls. An exciting cruise with lots of hippos, the most feared Nile crocodiles, elephants and the lovely bird species along. Evening relax and listen in more of the African evening stories.
Dinner and overnight at Paara safari Lodge.
After breakfast proceed to Hoima, Visit the Kings Palace and lunch at Kolping hotel. The Entogoro cultural dancers will entertain you. After this you proceed to Fort Portal.
Dinner and overnight at Mountains of the Moon Hotel.
Activities include visiting the Toro Kings Palace, a palace to the youngest king ever. Visit Karambi Kings burial grounds. Lunch at the Hotel and enjoy the entertainment by the Batoro Cultural dancers. Later proceed to Crater Valley Kibale (CVK) for Dinner and overnight camp located at the mouth of Kibale National Park.
Start early for chimp tracking. Chimp tracking is done in the groups of 6. Kibale forest is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests. Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. Kibale’s major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. After Lunch at Mantana Luxury tented camp, we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Start at 6:00 am for a game drive in the park. Early game drives are known to produce good sights of the members of the cat family. This park is known for its open savannah, rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda Kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula – which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. In the afternoon you will take a launch cruise on Kazinga channel.
Dinner and overnight at Myeya safari lodge
Another morning game drive. In the afternoon you will visit the Katwe salt works. Men and women do this locally. See the indigenous technological way of extracting salt.
Dinner and overnight at Myeya Safari lodge
Participating in the real African Wedding ceremony. After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Bunyaruguru to join the local women and men in the preparation of a rural wedding ceremony.
Here the whole group will participate in the activities. These include peeling bananas, fetching fire wood, constructing sheds, fetching water from the streams, and any other activities that will be identified. The group shall be divided into small groups each undertaking different activities. The activities shall be announced and the group members are free to choose where they have interest. We go back to the Hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Myeya Safari lodge.
After breakfast at Mweya Safari lodge, we drive back to the wedding site. Here we again join the community in the activities of the day. These include cooking, Preparing the reception, Decorating, preparing the cake, welcoming guests, serving and being served.
Dinner and overnight at Myeya Safari lodge.
We spend the whole day at Rutoto Primary School interacting with the community. This school has been built as the result of the proceeds from Queen Elizabeth N.P. We shall interact with the school children, the youth, women and men. This is the day for sharing experiences and visiting some homes and gardens. We proceed to Mbarara for overnight stay at Katatumba resort hotel or Lake View Regency Hotel.
We travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest the home of gorillas. A magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most thrilling and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer – but we should not let it distract us from Bwindi’s broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m. The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail is prominent. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present. Dinner and overnight at African Pearl Homestead.
Whole day gorilla tracking. Gorilla tracking is a very captivating activity; it involves walking in the wilderness in search of these great apes. It can be a challenging activity, therefore ensure physical fitness. Six people are permitted per group per day and a total of eighteen (18) people are taken in Bwindi, while six (6) people are allowed for Mgahinga. So far, we have four groups for viewing. There are three groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura) and one (Nyakagezi) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Evening entertainment by the Pygmies (Batwa). The Batwa were once recognized as the owners of the high montane forest. The men used to hunt, and collect honey and other forest products, which were exchanged for village goods, while the women gathered vegetables, mushrooms and fruits as well as working for local farming people.
At the end of the 19th century, when what is now southwest Uganda was part of the Kingdom of Rwanda, the Batwa, like their counterparts in Rwanda, Kivu and Burundi, were valued as court entertainers and soldiers. At the beginning of the 20th century some Batwa leaders became powerful enough to claim tribute from their neighbors. Since then however, as the forest has been cut down by local farmers, the Batwa have become destitute and despised. Most are entirely landless; they live as tenants or squatters on other peoples land’, church or state land, and pay the landlord with their labour in exchange for food: collecting firewood and water and doing farm work. Those who do manage to get a little land are liable to be evicted by more powerful neighbors, and find it almost impossible to get redress. Dinner and overnight at African Pearl Homestead
Travel back to Mbarara evening entertainment by the Banyankole in ekitaguriro. Overnight stay at Katatumba resort hotel or Lake View Regency Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Lake Mburo National Park for a game drive. And proceed to Kampala. Lunch at Hotel Brovad Masaka. Shopping at the Cultural Center handcrafts. Dinner and overnight stay at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel.
Day 22: Departure.