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Uganda Cultural and Gorilla Safari (13 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 30 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3350 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3400 US Dollar (USD)

Cultural tour to Uganda: culture in Uganda, Uganda gorillas, Nakayima Tree, Omukma's Palace, Queen Elizabeth Park, Buhoma village walk, Batwa pigmies, Lake Mburo and source of the Nile - with gorillas in Bwindi (15 days). Travelers joining this trip have an opportunity to see various cultures in Uganda. The Uganda safari starts with Kibale Forest National Park in the West. En route, see the Nakaima tree in Mubende, a local tree about 400 years old, venerated in local folklore as holding the spirit of an ancient king. See local projects and abundant game in Queen Elizabeth Park including buffalo, tree-climbing lion, leopard, warthog and the ever present hippo.

The beautiful steeply forested Kyambura Gorge, is home not only to chimpanzees man's closest relation - but also the red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus and many bird species. Around Ishasha go on the hunt for the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly on old fig trees. Further south in Bwindi see local communities and projects (gorilla tracking can be arranged as well) before continuing to Mgahinga. Visit the local Batwa animist communities.

Return to Kampala via Lake Mburo, one of Uganda's most striking parks rich in birds, hippo, buffalo, zebra and cultural communities. Back in Kampala trail Kabaka's Trail, see the cultures of Buganda and see the preserved lifestyle of their ancient kings. See Naggalabi Kings’ Crown-ground, Kasubi Royal Tombs, Katereke Royal Prison, King Wamala's tombs and other cultural visits organised by Heritage Trails Local Project.

Namugongo Martyrsâ shrine, East of Kampala City where some 22 staunch Catholics were burnt alive in the 19th century is also worth visiting. Visit Bahai Temple, the only one in Africa; buy art crafts. In the East, at Jinja, look at Sezibwa local Falls and the Source of the Nile. Visitors stay in selected homes or lodges of local people who take care of your food, drink and accommodation.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Entebbe air port; meet with our staff for greeting and introduction thereafter transfer you to a hotel in Kampala for overnight. O/N: Pope Paul hotel or Africana hotel or Sheraton. (BB).

Day 2: Kampala – Fort Portal
After breakfast leave Kampala for Fort portal via Mityana and Mubende through tea plantations of Kyenjojo to the land of `mountains of the Moon’ magic silhouette. En route you will branch off from Mubende to Nakayima Tree a legendary tree which is believed to have spirit of a king and to have lasted for over 400 years. You will return to Mubende town for lunch after which you head for Kibale to explore some crater lakes and carry on for a night in Kibale Forest Park for a jaunty sleep on an innate divan. O/N CVK Resort or Mountains of the moon hotel (FB).

Day 3: Fort Portal
After a morning break fast visit the “Kabarore” Royal palace and experience culture of the Batooro before visiting the Amere Ganyinamwiru (Amabere Cave) which are believed to be the breasts of the princes from the land, have an amazing view with culture before heading for a hiking village walk. O/N CVK Resort or Mountains of the moon hotel (FB).

Day 4: Fort Portal — Queen Elizabeth National Park
Set off in the morning after breakfast to for Queen Elizabeth National park. take an evening game drive in search for game before retuning to the lodge for a rest. O/N Simba Safari Camp or Mweya safari Lodge (FB).

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Set off early in the morning for a game drive as you fabulous animals of the pearl, visit Katwe and buffaloes can never miss your sight here. Guinea fowls and other bird species, elephants, giraffes, and Kobs in their mating grounds can be viewed as there are chances seeing tree climbing lions on your rummage. After lunch take an afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel as you view fauna at a closer range, hippos, other animals and several bird species will be seen as the get water to douse themselves. O/N Simba Safari Camp or Mweya safari Lodge (FB).

Day 6: Kyambura Gorge – Buhoma
Visit Kyambura gorge in the morning and track chimps and monkeys as you take a view of the gorgeous Albertine rift valley model of scenery. Break for lunch and later quit Kasese for Buhoma. O/N Buhoma community camps (FB).

Day 7: Bwindi — Mugahinga Park
Leave bwindi for Kisoro, stopping at Kanaba Gap to view the spectacular Virunga volcanoes and stunning terraced hills. Visit the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda, surrounded by the volcanoes, take a walk on the shores or continue directly to Mgahinga. O/N: Nkuringo Community Camp and Bandas (FB).

Day 8: Batwa Trail
You will go for a forest walk guided by Batwa guide to explore the caves and experience the way of life of the Batwa pygmies. An entertainment evening with Batwa dance and drama would be a good experience. O/N Nkuringo Community Camp (FB).

Day 9: Bunyonyi
Leave Kisoro for Lake Bunyonyi a crater lake in Kabale and the deepest in the East African region. Take a boat cruise on the water to the Island, relax swim and enjoy the amazing view of the crater and the surrounding scenery. O/N Arcadia Bunyonyi cottages (FB).

Day 10: Bunyonyi–Kampala
Take an early morning breakfast and drive back to Kampala city for a rest in the evening. O/N Ndere center cottages (HB).

Day 11-12: Kampala City Cultural Tour
Take a two days cultural tour of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is a charming green city, spread over about 10 hills. Visit the Parliament, the museum and buildings of different religious faiths, the Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine, and the colourful markets. Trail the ancient Kabaka’s (kings); see the cultures of Buganda and see the lifestyle of their ancient kings; see Naggalabi ancient Kings’ Crown-ground, Kasubi Royal Tombs, and other cultural visits organised by Heritage Trails Local Project. Namugongo Martyrs’ shrine, East of Kampala City where 22 christian martyrs were burnt alive in the 19th century is also worth visiting. Visit Bahai Temple, the only one in Africa; buy art crafts. There is a wide range of hotels and restaurants that prepare local foods. the climax of the trip will be a cultural entertainment at Ndere center O/N: O/N Ndere center cottages (HB).

Day 13: Departure
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport where you will board your flight back home and say goodbye the pearl of Africa meanwhile thinking of when to revisit and explorer the spectacular unobserved beauty of the pearl. You’re Tour Ends.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

For those who wish, a visit for an extra three days by air, to the Karamojong nomadic farmers/cattle rustlers in the North, can be arranged.

About This Supplier
Location: Uganda
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2010

Our company is a fully licensed, safari tour operator based in Kampala, Uganda. Since 1999 we have outfitted and operated mountain gorilla expeditions specializing in Mountain Gorilla safaris, and organising Events and Conferences of all kinds in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Burundi. The Company is a member of The Uganda...

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