Uganda wildlife and community life experience

Day 1: Arrival

Early arrivals will provide an opportunity to visit either Nakiwogo or Kigungu landing sites. These sites portray the life of a typical Ugandan permanently settling at the fishing/landing village and entirely depending on the activities at the site. In addition, Kigungu landing site is also famous for being the point where the first Christian Missionaries entered Uganda.

Check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Visit the Kasubi Royal Tombs in the morning and later visit the Uganda Museum.

Kasubi Royal Tombs are royal burial grounds for the Kings of the Buganda Kingdom knowns as “Kabakas”. The Royal Tombs represent a unique Architectural design of a typical African Palace built out of Organic Materials principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. The Kasubi Tombs represent great values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.

The Uganda Museum is a collection of archeological and natural history displays and a collection of interesting traditional and musical instruments. It exhibits the ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. Among the collections are playable music instruments, hunting equipment, weaponry, archeology and entomology. Behind the Museum are traditional huts representative of the traditional lifestyles of the indigenous people in Uganda. These huts are representative of Uganda’s Tribes with some of their materials representing their respective cultures.

Day 3: Travel to L. Mburo National park where you will stay for two nights

After breakfast, we transfer to Lake Mburo arriving in the late evening. Lake Mburo National Park is 260 sq. km and it has markedly different fauna from other reserves. It is the only national park that contains an entire lake. Situated in rolling hills and open grassy valleys, the park also consists of 4 other smaller lakes. Lake Mburo National park is covered in extensive open and wooded acacia savannah. It is the best place to see the gigantic eland antelope as well as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, the more uncommon Klipspringer, Burchell’s Zebra, Buffalo, Hippopotamus, and several acacia associated birds.

Day 4: Game drive in the morning and Boat ride in the afternoon.

After breakfast, we will have a morning game drive. You will have greater chances of viewing several animal species including; Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topi and Buffalos. You will also view the park’s sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic shorelines. We will then have a boat ride where you will be able to spot hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds like; the Great White Egret, Pied Kingfisher, and brilliantly colored Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Yellow Warblers, African Finfoot, African Fish Eagle, the Night Heron and many more.

Day 5: Travel to Kisoro. Overnight at traveler’s hotel.

Day 6: Visit the Soda water. Visiting caves.

Day 7: Visit Rubuguri Community where we shall take a village walk and interact with the marginalized Batwa people, the orphans group and the women’s group. In the evening we have an entertainment spree by the local groups at Nkuringo eco-safari camp.

Day 8: Today we shall visit the nearby local school and hospital and help in the then current school/community project

Waterfall walk to the best waterfall in Uganda recently discovered in Bwindi National Park

Day 9: Explore Nyiguru top of the mountains, a place with cultural significancy to the cosmmunities around. To the people around here, this is where the can talk to God. Community elders must visit this point in a special way whenever they are problems in the community. The problems range from family units, to social economic such famine.

This point has the best panoramic view further of Eastern DRC, Northern Rwanda, South western Uganda and Lake Edward.

The unique traditional way of faming in this area are so attractive and imaginable on the steep fertile slopes of these mountains. We shall be staying at the Wagtail eco-camp for the three nights here.

Day 10: Travel to Bunyaruguru area. Stay at Katara Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 11: Visit the Kyamuhogo cave and climb the Kazimiro hill at about 1800m. This hill is significantly known for cultural rituals such as punishing the pregnant young girls, the barren would get blessings from here, ……………… We shall also experience the traditional way of brewing the local gins from bananas at the Kisanga (a floating swamp). Here the bananas are buried for 3-4 days, then squeezed using spear grass, the sweet juice that is produced is then fermented using sorghum floor for about 2 days. The product here called a tonto (local wine) is then distilled to make a local gin (waragi). This waragi is best taken with tonic (Gin and tonic).

Day 12: We shall head southwards and check in at Kamweru Eco-camp. Here we shall visit the museum that represents the ancient homestead of the indigenous people of the area, the river cave, and if we so wish, we shall go canoeing on Lake Kamweru. As it becomes chilly in the evening, we will gather around the open fire place as we enjoy the self catered African barbeque, while gazing at the traditional dancers wriggle their waists portraying the traditional ways of marriage, hunting, and gathering firewood.

Day 13: Still in Bunyaruguru, we visit the miraculous lake Africa, the transparent Lake Kamunzuku. Fish can be seen gathering to grab a bait. Any one will to expreince, will just need a local hook from the community for trial.

Serpentine and the snake-shaped and artistic rocky Lake - Lake Mugogo, and many other interested craters depending on the time we shall have. We dedicate this day to craterlake exploration which we may decide to do in the car or using our mountain bikes.

Day 14: We dedicate the whole day here visiting a local school and hospital and help in the then current project

Day 15: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a whole day game drive in the park including visiting some of the scenic areas like the Kyambura gorge. Overnight at Jacana safari lodge.

Day 16: We visit Kahendero fishing village early in the morning to experience the dramatic fish auctioning process. Later mid morning we move to Kasenyi salt mine and study the way the local people earn a living by entirely depending on mining activities. Most of the craters in this area are alkaline and are migratory stopovers for a big number of waders, storks, flamingos, terns etc. thus as we explore these craters, we shall have a chance of spotting these birds. We shall also visit the more organized Katwe salt mine and the vandalized salt factory at katwe that was constructed during Amin’s regime.

Day 17: Travel to fort portal area and visit the state of the art royal palace of the youngest ever crowned King in the whole world – the Omukama of Toro Kingdom; Rukirabashaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi the IV, who was crowned at the age of two and a half. We will also explore the Nyakasura hills as we visit the awe inspiring Stalactites and stalagmites

Day 18: We wake up very early and head for chimpanzee tracking in the Kibale forest. We stay at Kibale Primate Lodge.

Day 19: We transfer to Murchison falls national park. Stay at paraa safari lodge for 2 nights

The name of the park was derived from the incredible Murchison Falls, where the Nile is forced through a 6-meter gap, forming the most powerful water surge on the planet. A boat cruise on the calmer stretches will allow us to watch and photograph the birds and the large animals which throng the banks, and we may have chances of finding the world’s most peculiar bird, the Shoebill. We will also explore the park’s broad-leaved woodland, dry grasslands, and forests, including nocturnal expeditions to find the unrivaled Standard-winged Nightjar.

Day 20: Game drive the whole day the park

A Game Drive will help us explore the park’s broad-leaved woodland, dry grasslands, and forests. There are chances of finding animals like; Giraffes, Elephants, Kobs, Oribi , Elephants, Lions, Spotted Hyenas, Grass hare, Warthogs, leopards, buffalos.

Day 21: Boat cruise and top of the falls game drive. Stay at Nile safari camp

Day 22: Transfer to Kampala. Stay at Entebbe travelers Inn. End of Safari

Day 23: Departure