Overview of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour
The 5 Days Kampala &Jinja cultural tour is an interesting tour package that offers you an opportunity to explore the unique cultural attractions in the two big cities of Uganda. The 5 day’s Cultural tour will take you through different sites in Entebbe such as Kasenyi ,Nakiwogo , Kigungu landing sites, other interesting places like Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe local market, Entebbe beaches. The 5 days will then connect you to explore the charming cultural sites in Kampala. Thereafter, it links you to Jinja the home of adventure in Uganda. The cultural tour will start with pick-up and end with drop- off at Entebbe international airport.
Highlights of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour:
- Day 1 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport & transfer to Entebbe town.
- Day 2 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Early Morning Cultural tour to Entebbe landing sites &afternoon visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe local market, Entebbe beaches& transfer to Kampala
- Day 3 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Kampala Cultural Sites Tour.
- Day 4 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Transfer to Jinja with enroute visit to Ssezibwa falls, Mabira forest.
- Day 5 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Early Morning boat cruise to the source of the Nile, Short boat at Bujagali Lake & Transfer to Entebbe international Airport.
Safari Day by Day of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour:
Day 1 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport & transfer to Entebbe town
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by prime safaris &Tours representative who will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel/lodge in Entebbe town for dinner and overnight stay.
Accommodation: Laico Victoria Serena (Luxury/Up-Market), Boma Hotel (Mid-Range/Standard), Airport Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).
Day 2 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Early Morning Cultural tour to landing sites & afternoon visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe local market, Entebbe beaches& transfer to Kampala
After an early breakfast, embark on tour to unique landing sites such as Kasenyi ,Nakiwogo , Kigungu where you will enjoy the views of the locals fishing in the fresh waters of Lake Victoria, study the traditional fishing methods, listen to the interesting history of this fishing sites, probably enjoy the fish, interact with local fisher men, part-take in fishing activities. Thereafter proceed to visit other sites like Zamugula site, Muzinga square site in Entebbe. Afterwards retire back to the lodge for lunch and after lunch drive to visit other unique Entebbe sites like Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. At the center, you will be able to observe many of the indigenous wildlife species kept in the Centre and also to receive comprehensive information on the species, their natural habitats and the complex ecologies of Uganda. After exploring the site, you will proceed to visit Entebbe local market and thereafter connect to one of the Entebbe beaches to explore how local Ugandans spend their leisure time, interact with local Ugandans, participate in beach activities like swimming, beach football, valley ball and have taste of Uganda beach fish. After enjoying adventurous activities in the Beach, embark on transfer from Entebbe to Kampala the Capital city of Uganda. On arrival, to the City, the driver guide will take you direct to your pre-booked lodge /Hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Kampala Cultural Sites Tour
Right after an 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, Katereke prison ditch and Wamala tombs ,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.
Day 4 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Transfer to Jinja with enroute visit to Ssezibwa 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 Ssezibwa falls a cultural site related to the Buganda Kingdom. At the site, you will visit the traditional healer when he is performing his dialing activities of healing, offering blessings to people, also enjoy the views of the falls as well as different bird species. Thereafter continue with the drive through Mabira forest-the only forest reserve with over 100 species of large moths, 218 butterfly fauna, and 300 species of birds e.g. blue swallow, papyrus gonolek and the nahan francolins, the purple throated cuckoo .You will then head for lunch in Jinja town. After lunch, visit the Kyabazinga’s palace of Busoga Kingdom and some old colonial buildings in the town; enjoy the architectural design of Indian buildings. Proceed to visit Jinja local markets to appreciate the diverse local products. Thereafter, retire back to your Jinja lodge/hotel for Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 5 of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour: Early Morning boat cruise to the source of the Nile, Short boat at Bujagali lake & Transfer to Entebbe international Airport
After an early morning, depart for an early morning boat cruise 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. The boat trip will take you to see the true source of the River Nile, the exact point where this river starts its long journey across the African continent and the Speke monument. Thereafter, embark on visit to the fascinating Bujagali Lake and have an opportunity to see the dazzling white water of the River Nile squeezing its way through the rocks. Retreat from the activity to your lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, embark on transfer from Jinja to Entebbe international Airport. The drive journey of 122kms will take you through Mabira forest and small townships of Lugazi famous for sugarcane growing, tea plantations, Mukono town and finally through Kampala capital city where you may have stopover to shop for souvenir. Thereafter, advance with the drive to Entebbe international airport for your onward flight back home.
End of the 5 Days Kampala & Jinja Cultural Tour.
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PLACES TO VISIT IN UGANDA, UGANDA SAFARI ATTRACTIONS
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. The bird species include the black bee-eater, 11 types of king fisher, Shoebill storks and several species of falcons, eagles and other raptors.Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
The park is known for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as Lake Katwe where salt is mined. The national park has Maramagambo Forest and neighbors with Kigezi and Kyambura Game Reserves, Kibale National Park plus the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kasese lying on its north-western wing.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the western rift valley, shared by Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro Districts. The Park with its dense ground cover of vines and shrubs is home to the world’s endangered species of the mountain gorillas, of which they are only 880 still left in the entire world and out of this, 400 hundred, are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park remains the only park in the whole world where mountain gorillas co-exist with wild chimpanzees although there are no trekking chimps since no community has been habituated. Bwindi is one of the richest areas for flora in Eastern Africa. The forest is also sanctuary for Columbus monkeys, chimpanzees and many bird types including some endangered species. Because of its importance in protecting given bio diversities, Bwindi Impenetrable forest was recognized and up graded to a status of being a world heritage by UNESCO in 1994.
Mgahinga National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park situated in the extreme southwestern part of Uganda in Kisoro district. The park is located on the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes namely; Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), Mt. Gahinga (3,474 m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m). Mgahinga National Park covering an area of 33.7sq.kms was gazetted in 1991 to protect and conserve the species of the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit the park’s hilly dense forests.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the parks in Uganda with an exceptional diversity of habitats, ranging from Afro-montane vegetation; plentiful bamboo vegetation to Lobelia Haegenia which supports the survival of at least 39 species of mammal and 79 birds found in the park. The Larger mammals supported in the natural habitat includes elephant, leopard, buffalo and bush pig but these are rarely seen. The famous ape species supported by the habitat involve the mountain gorilla and the less famous but equally rare and deserving of protection is the golden monkey which is found only in the Virungas and in one other forest in Rwanda. Notable bird species include the Rwenzori turaco, crowned hornbill, black kite and crowned crane.
Kibale National park is positioned in the two districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge in western part of Uganda. The park covers an estimated area of about 795km and it’s acknowledged to have one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forests. The park was established in 1993 to help protect the large areas of natural forest that were at first managed and protected as a logged Forest Reserve. The park is the only Park in the whole of east Africa that has both montane and lowland forests. It’s also considered to the only park in Uganda the pearl of Africa that has the highest number of primates with 13 different species inhabited in the park including many families of chimpanzees and several types of Columbus monkeys. Bushbuck, waterbuck, duiker and giant forest hog may also be seen. The forests and the grasslands support abundant bird life – almost 375 species have been identified and 144 types of butterfly.
Mbarara district locally known as the land of milk and honey is situated in southwestern Uganda and is bordered by isingiro, Kiruhura, Sheema among other district. Because of its strategic location, Mbarara town has become a significant stop over town for travellers on Uganda safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The district is also key tourism destination in Uganda and the key tourist attractions of the district are given below;Lake Mburo National Park is situated about 240 kilometers south-west of Kampala, 30 kilometers east of Mbarara town. At first, this park was located in Mbarara town but due to the creation of new districts, the park is part of Kiruhura district. In Lake Mburo National Park one can enjoy game drives to view unique wildlife such as buffaloes, Zebras, leopards, impalas, hippos among other animals. One can as well enjoy a highly adventurous boat cruise on the lake Mburo. For travellers who are bird lovers, Lake Mburo National Park is a home to exclusive bird list including rare shoebill stock. Within Lake Mburo national Park, there many lodges where one can spend a night. These include Mihingo Lodge; Mantana tented Camp, Rwakobo Rock, Mburo Safari Lodge, Arcadia Cottages and Rwonyo Camp.
This is an extinct volcano located on Uganda’s eastern border with Kenya. The mountain boasts numerous interesting features including gorges, ancient caves, waterfalls and hot springs. Birdlife is abundant on the mountain although various wildlife may also be encountered. Mt. Elgon is the fourth highest mountain in Eastern Africa, with the second-highest peak in Uganda (Wagagi Peak – 4321 meters). Mt. Elgon contains crater covering over 40 kms at the top of the mountain, surrounded by a series of rugged peaks.The ascent of Mount Elgon passes through a series of roughly concentric vegetation zones. The lower slopes of the mountain are intensively farmed up to the park boundary. The first zone of natural vegetation is montane forest which runs from the park boundary up to 2500m. this is followed by bamboo and low canopy forest (2400-3000m), then high montane health (3000-3500m) which includes the giant heather (Philipea excelsia) growing up to 6m tall. Above 3500m, cold temperatures and fierce winds force the heather to give way to open moorland. Finally, above 3800m, dramatic afroalpine vegetation is found among tussock grasslands and Carex bogs. This rare and spectacular vegetation type is restricted to the upper reaches of East Africa’s highest mountains and includes the giant groundsel (Senecia elgonensis) and the endemic Lobella elgonensisi.
This great Park is located in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of the remote Karamoja region in north eastern Uganda between the border of Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. The park which covers 1,442square kilometers of land is arguably the most diverse fauna of any park in Uganda. With over 77 species of mammal, several of which are restricted to the Kidepo and Karamoja region, the park also has circumscribed carnivores such as the bat-eared fox, cheetah, striped hyena as well as caracal and aardwolf. Other carnivores accommodated in the park area are lion, leopard side-striped jackal, spotted hyena, and black-backed. The rarely ungulates species include the lesser and greater kudu, chandlers Mountain reedbuck, klipspringer and Guenther’s dikdik among others. Other large ungulates include elephant, Rothschild’s giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, bush pig, warthog, Capped buffalo, eland, bushbuck, hartebeest and oribi, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Jsckson’s hartebeest and oribi. Five pronounced primate species are recorded in the park including the endemic Kavirondo bush baby.