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17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari

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17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari2018-11-09T12:37:57+00:00

Overview of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari:

17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari is an excellent cultural safari organized by Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd for you to explore Uganda’s communities, cultural practices and norms, way of life, visit the village blacksmith, storytellers, farmers, traditional healers and local handcraft makers, buying their local handcrafts. The 17 Days Uganda Community &Cultural Safari will take you through stunning cultural sites in Kampala, cultural sites in southwestern Uganda such as Amabere ga Nyinamwiru, the Karambi tombs, and the Batooro King’s palace all in Fort portal, Visit the Banyankole Cultural sites in Mbarara district, encounter the Bugisu and the Karamojong, the IK group of people living Near Kidepo National park. The 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari will combine Uganda’s most exclusive national parks as well as cultural experiences and taste of world class services from some of the finest lodges in Uganda.

Highlights of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari:

Day1 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport & transfer to Kampala

Day 2 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Kampala Cultural Sites Tour

Day 3 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Jinja with enroute visit to Sezibwa falls, Mabira forest.

Day 4 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Sipi Falls & Afternoon Cultural encounter

Day 5 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Hike to Sipi falls & Transfer to Kitgum town.

Day 6 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer from Kitgum to Kidepo National Park & Afternoon Community walk.

Day 7 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Do an Early Morning Game Drive & Evening Cultural Encounter.

Day 8 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer from Kidepo valley National park to Murchison National park

Day 9 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early Morning Game drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise, Hike to the fall.

Day10 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Hoima with enroute visit to Kibiro Salt Gardens & Hot Springs.

Day 11 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park, lunch in Fort Portal town, afternoon Fort Portal Crater Lake hike & visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves

Day 12 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking& Afternoon Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary Tour

Day 13 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with enroute visit to the Rwenzori Art Foundation, Ruboni Community craft & wax center en route & do afternoon boat Cruise

Day 14 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Do morning game drive & Afternoon cultural tour

Day 15 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early morning community tour to Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community, Katwe Salt Works& Katwe Village Walk,

Day 16 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early morning Community tour to Nshenyi Village

Day 17 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Kampala with enrounte stopover at Uganda Equator, Mpambire drum Makers & Departure.

Details of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari:

Day1 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport & transfer to Kampala

When you arrive at Entebbe international Airport, you will be met by our English speaking driver guide who will warmly welcome you and then transfer you to your pre-booked Hotel /lodge in Kampala for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Kampala Serena Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Africa (Mid-range/Standard), Buziga Country Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Kampala Cultural Sites Tour.

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After your early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from your respective Kampala hotel/Lodge and embark on your highly rewarding 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, Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine which is a memorial place from where 22 Catholic young martyrs were officially burnt to ashes after rebelling against Kabaka Mwanga when he ordered then to denounce their new religion. The tour will enable you to 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. Enjoy the dancers shake their bodies to the beautiful beats of the traditional instruments. Thereafter; retire back to your lodge for Diner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Kampala Serena Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Africa (Mid-range/Standard), Buziga Country Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 3 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Jinja with enroute visit to Sezibwa falls, Mabira forest

After taking an early morning breakfast, depart Kampala driving on Kampala-Jinja highway to Jinja. The overland journey of 80 kms about 1-2hours will take you through small townships of Mukono where you will encounter Sezibwa falls a cultural site related to the Buganda Kingdom. Thereafter continue 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 fascinating 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, retreat back to the starting point and thereafter drive to Jinja town. Embark on Jinja town city tour and this will offer you an opportunity to explore the 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 4 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Sipi Falls & Afternoon Cultural encounter

Following an early morning breakfast, 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 pleasant 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 fascinating cultural encounter. The encounter comes with the pride of confronting  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 5 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Hike to Sipi falls & Transfer to Kitgum town

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Immediately after an early morning cup of coffee, embark on a lovely hike to Sipi falls. The hike is too impressing as you move to the bottom of the charming three waterfalls. You will proceed with a quick steep climb to a series of stunning caves. As you advance 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 6 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer from Kitgum to Kidepo National Park & Afternoon Community walk

After an early morning cup of coffee, you will depart Kitgum town heading  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 7 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Do an Early Morning Game Drive & Evening Cultural Encounter

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On this day, take your cup of coffee and thereafter embark on an early morning game drive along the well-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 offer you opportunities of encountering 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 an early morning game drive, you will retire to your lodge for lunch and 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. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items .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 8 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer from Kidepo valley National park to Murchison National park

Depart Kidepo Valley National Park heading to Murchison falls national park. 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 overland journey through Karuma checking into Murchison late in the evening like at 6-7pm.On arrival to the park, you will drive to your already reserved lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 9 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early Morning Game drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise, Hike to the fall

Following an early morning cup of coffee, depart for an early morning game drive in the well-organized driving tracks of the delta area, Buligi tracks, Albert and Queen Tracks to search for unique wildlife species like  giraffes, lions, hart beasts, elephants, cape buffalo, waterbucks and many other mammals. You may also encounter different bird species like the Black Chested Snake Eagle, , the Secretary bird, Blue Napped Mouse birds, the Silver Headed Agama and Swallow Tailed Bee-eaters. Immediately after 3-4 hour game drive, retire back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, connect to Paraa peninsular to catch up with an afternoon boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the foot of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice. The boat cruise may offer you possibilities of encountering water based wildlife species like Hippos, Nile Crocodiles, as well as African Elephants when they are drinking on the river side. Disembark from the boat cruise and embark on 45minutes hike through narrow path to the top of the world’s most powerful falls. Upon reaching the top, you will enjoy the roaring sounds of the Nile as it crumbles its head on the impermeable rocks that have narrowed its way to less than 8m for centuries past. Thereafter, retire back to lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Pakuba Lodge (Mid-Range/Standard), Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 10 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Hoima with enroute visit to Kibiro Salt Gardens & Hot Springs

After your breakfast, depart Murchison heading to Hoima. The scenic drive will take you through the Albertine escarpment with prominent sceneries of the rift valley .You will proceed through Bulisa which is in the oil region of Uganda. You will have a stop en route at Kibiro Salt Gardens and hot springs and here you will be exposed to marvelous local methods of fine salt extraction. The views of the scenic Lake Albert and the views of the Blue Mountains on the Democratic Republic of Congo are very rewarding. Thereafter, you will embark on the drive to Hoima .On arrival, you will have lunch and thereafter proceed to visit the Kings Palace of Bunyonyoro  Kitara Kingdom. You may also take community walks around the local communities within Hoima town .Thereafter; retire back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Kontik Hotel

Day 11 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park, lunch in Fort Portal town, afternoon Fort Portal Crater Lake hike & visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves

After your energy giving breakfast, setoff for transfer drives of about 5 hours from Hoima to Fort Portal town-one of the most wonderful towns in Uganda. The drive will take you through the rolling winding landscape of south western Uganda to Fort Portal. Arrive in Fort Portal town for lunch after which you will advance to do the Fort Portal Crater Lake Hike to gain magnificent 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 wonderful water fall. The unique caves have breast like features which the locals attach a great cultural connotation and are thought to date back to the Chwezi era. Visit the Toro Kings Palace, a palace to the one of the Uganda’s youngest king ever. Then Visit to the Karambi Kings burial grounds. In the evening, enjoy the Batoro cultural entertainment and there after Retreat from the activity and get to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Chimp’s nest (Mid-range/Standard), Rwenzori view guest house (Budget/Basic).

Day 12 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking& Afternoon Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary Tour

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Early morning after breakfast, report to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu tourism Centre for an early morning briefing about the etiquettes of chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park .After briefing, an experienced UWA Ranger guide will lead you into the forest trail to trek the Chimpanzees and along the way, the trek will expose you to stunning flora as well as other primate species such as black & white colobus monkey ,Red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto. After 2-5 hours of trek, you may come up-close to the chimpanzees and you will be allocated one hour to stay with these human brothers. The Chimpanzees will seduce you in a state of stupefaction 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 life time experience of its own. Disembark from the activity to your lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, transfer to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for an afternoon tour. The Bigodi wetland walk will expose 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 Sitatunga may not be missed. Retreat from the activity back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimp’s Nest (Mid-Range/Standard), Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 13 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with enroute visit to the Rwenzori Art Foundation, Ruboni Community craft & wax center en route & do afternoon boat Cruise

After taking an early morning cup of coffee, transfer from Kibale forest national park to Queen Elizabeth National Park .The drive distance of 157kms about 3 hours’ on rough road is very interesting. You will have your first stop at Rwenzori Art foundation which is the only bronze casting center in the whole of African Continent that is situated in the shadows of Rwenzori Mountains. You may participate in the wonderful process of sculpture making of which is the common activity done in the Centre. Proceed to tour the Ruboni community wax & craft center mainly to understand local traditions and the usage of local knowledge to modern development. Thereafter the activity, continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving through the crater which offers you the views of different wildlife such as olive baboons, elephants and not forgetting the magical sceneries before connecting to Mweya for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise which will reward you will the possibilities of meeting the Hippos, Nile crocodiles, other wild game drinking on the channel side and counts of water birds. Retire back to your lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Katara Lodge (Mid-range/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 14 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Do morning game drive & Afternoon cultural tour

After an early morning breakfast, embark on an early morning game drive at 6:30am in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat. After 3 -4 hour game drive covering about 200 kilometers, you will retire back to your lodge for relaxation, memory sharing and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a charming community tour to Leopard Village. You will tour replicas of the traditional huts of the Banyabindi, Bakonzo, and Basongora ethnic groups, watch traditional song and dance performances, and purchase handicrafts made by local communities, also visit the local schools, and local homesteads. Thereafter, retire back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 15 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early morning community tour to Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community, Katwe Salt Works& Katwe Village Walk,

After an early morning breakfast, proceed to explore the Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community. At this community site also known as The Cave, you will admire panoramic views of volcanic crater lakes, Paddle a canoe, hike to the Transparent Lake, spot eight species of forest primates, or just stop and smell the local flowers, visit the Cultural Museum which is a perfectly preserved Banyaruguru hut, filled with valued local artifacts that were once the tools of everyday life of the local people. Thereafter, connect explore the Katwe Village walk. The walk will lead you to a traditional homestead where you will be introduced to traditional activities like cooking the region’s cuisine, fetching fire wood, peeling bananas, and constructing sheds among others. You will enjoy traditional lunch here and in the afternoon head to Katwe salt works to see the local technology of extracting salt while learning how these men and women extract the salt locally. Thereafter, embark on transfer 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 drive direct to your pre-booked lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

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

Day 16 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Early morning Community tour to Nshenyi Village

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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 17 of the 17 Days Uganda Community & Cultural Safari: Transfer to Kampala with enrounte stopover at Uganda Equator, Mpambire drum Makers & Departure.

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.

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