Western Circuit-Culture and Wildlife Safari

The world over is full of adventures. Not all are the same. One destination that is a must visit is Uganda. It is endowed with diverse landscape that encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos. Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its boat cruises and Lake Mburo National Park for the rare Elands and birds. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla habitat.

It is not surprising that one of the great statesmen of Great Britain Sir Winston Churchill nicknamed it the Pearl of Africa. In his book My African Journey 1908 he pronounced these words:

“The kingdom of Uganda is a fairy-tale. You climb up … and at the end there is a wonderful new world. The scenery is different, the vegetation is different, the climate is different, and, most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa … I say: ‘Concentrate on Uganda’. For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale — Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.”

Since then many have been attracted to its natural beauty, friendly people and unique cultures.

The trip to Uganda will explore community, culture and wildlife touristic areas. It will be a fully packed adventure with an inclusion of Kampala day and nightlife tour.

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda. You will be picked by our guide at Entebbe. You will later travel to Kampala. Stay at Hotel Africana.

Day 2

Today after breakfast you will have a chance to tour Kampala and other touristic areas that will excite you and leave with you a memorable experience. Possible areas to visit Ggaba landing site for fish snack, Gaddafi National Mosque, Namugongo Martyrs Sanctuary, homage to 22 men who were burnt live on orders of King Mwanga II in 1886 for refusal to denounce newly found faith Christianity. It has been visited by the Pope in (1969,1993 and 2015). Return to your homestay for the Night. Stay at Hotel Africana.

 

 

Day 3

Start your journey on this fascinating journey to western Uganda to the Fortportal the kingdom capital of Toro Cultural King. You will enjoy the green scenery of the vegetation, tea plantations and mountain ranges. You will stay at Rweetera safari park that is bordered by Lake Nyabikere (lake of frogs). It is such picturesque scenery at the lake side. On arrival on day 3 you have the option to relax or take a nature walk. Stay at Rweetera Safari Park

Day 4

Visit the surrounding Rweetera village communities. To experience how they live. You will visit a home stay and learn about what happens in African home including cooking, gardening, eating for sure its whole day of fun. Stay at Rweetera Safari Park

Day 5

Today you will go for Crater Lake walk tour. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and marvel at God’s creation. In the Afternoon visit the Bigodi community. This community is known for conservation the environment and the incomes earned from tourist visits has built primary and secondary school and also supported women projects in the area. The tourist nature guides in the area are all residents of the community. Stay at Rwetera Safari Park.

Optional activity Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

Day 6

Start your day with a journey to Kasese. It is such a wonderful place for culture and wildlife activities. Stop over at Toro kingdom palace and King burial site for a snap shot of Toro kingdom history and cultures. Stay at Rwenzori International hotel

Optional activity: Amabere’ganiyina mwiru site and crater lake tour

Day 7

Visit Kasoga Community Experience.It is a community initiative on Lake George Ramsar site in Hamukungu Fishing Village, southwest of Kasenyi on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park that offers authentic experiences that are upstaged on how the community lives and works.

The major aim of the initiative is to strengthen the local economy that absolutely depends on fishing but most importantly, enhance the knowledge and experiences of the tourists but also, to enable them get more out of their visit in the community. Stay at Rwenzori International hotel or Little elephant camp

Activities that can be enjoyed:

  1. Canoeing

This experience stems from Captain Fredrick Lugard who took a canoe from Hamukungu previously kasoga to Kahendero,a neighboring community after paying 3 rupees to a fisherman, and this involves sharing information on the history of Irangara, Bulima and Rubona Islands, showing & learning different schools of Hippos that is, schools that are currently in existence, those that are rejuvenating and those that have varnished.

  1. Community walk

The 700m walk involves visitation of the landing site and information related to marine practices is shared, the traditional fish preservation stoves, traditional canoe making demonstrations, proceed for net sawing, a chance to see women making crafts, then to the spot which is the only place in Queen where you can get as close as possible to Hippos, reach the location that has the most beautiful view in the community which clients will be happy to take in, and those with more time may proceed through the historical swamps in the community and the vacation palace of former king of Tooro. Also, many birds are seen, a minimum of 26 bird species.

Day 8

Visit Queen Elizabeth national park for early game drive with packed breakfast to catch up with the retiring predators and in the afternoon for a memorable boat cruise that will expose you to one of the site with the high concentration for hippos in the world. Stay at Rwenzori International hotel

Day 9

Today you travel to Ankole region known for its long horned cattle. Stay at Igongo Cultural Centre Hotel or equivalent accommodation.

Day 10

After breakfast you visit Rwenjeru Community Centre a cattle keeping community. Participate in the milking of cows and other community chores. The main attraction at the site is the traditional cow watering experience. Later visit Igongo Cultural Centre museum for Lunch. Igongo Cultural Centre Hotel or equivalent accommodation.

Day 11

Start you journey back to Kampala through the equator. Enjoy photography at the equator. You may buy souvenirs for yourself. Stay at Hotel Africana Kampala.

Day12

Drive to Jinja the Adventure capital of east Africa and visit the source of the River Nile. River Nile in Latin is NILUS. Take a tour of jinja and other touristic sites. Travel back to Kampala. Return to your accommodation. Stay at Hotel Africana Kampala.

Day 13 End of tour

Today is relaxation day. You have the option to take another tour of Kampala or Entebbe depending on your time for your flight home.