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This is a 22days/ 21nights unique Uganda cultural safari that showcases all the major cultures of Uganda a home of 56 different native tribes each with unique cultural practices, language, music, art, food, rituals, customs and traditions.

The tour takes you through the central, eastern, northern, western and southern regions of Uganda-the pearl of Africa. You will have a rich and captivating cultural heritage encounter, experiencing different cultures including the Baganda of Buganda kingdom in the central Uganda, the Bagisu of eastern Uganda with their rich heritage oh “imbalu”, the karamojong people of the northeastern Uganda, the Acholi of the northwestern Uganda, the      Batooro, Banyoro, Bakonzo of western Uganda, the Batwa (hunters-gatherer) and the Banyankole of the southwestern Uganda.

The safari also offers plenty of wildlife and astonishing landscapes: the Ssezibwa falls, Sipi falls, the historical river Nile-the world’s longest river, the beautiful Sipi falls, the untouched wilderness of Kidepo valley national park, mount Morungole, the world’s most powerful waterfall, the fort portal crater lake field, the legendary snow capped Rwenzori mountains, savannah plains of queen Elizabeth national park, kigezi highlands, Mgahinga Gorilla N.P and more.

You will enjoy a boat cruise on the River Nile, Game drives, hiking in Uganda, game viewing, walking wildlife Safari that will offer you a great opportunity to see African lions, leopards, Cheetah’s,  Hyena’s, Elephants, Buffaloes, Hippos, Giraffes and several bird species all thrown in to spice up this unforgettable Uganda cultural safari.

 

Day 1; Arrival

Day 2; Cultural tour in Kampala city. Explore the kasubi tombs, Kabaka’s palace, Kabaka’s lake, Buganda parliament, Uganda museum and craft center

Day 3; Naggalabi coronation site and Wamala tombs

Day 4; Transfer to Jinja visit Ssezibwa falls, Mabira forest and Kagulu hill

Day 5; Boat ride to the source of the Nile and white water rafting

Day 6; Transfer to Mbale and have a cultural encounter with the Bagisu people

Day 7; Transfer to Kapchorwa for hiking the Sipi falls, proceed to Karamoja

Day 8; Transfer to Moroto and undertake a Cultural encounter in the Karamoja community

Day 9; Transfer to Kidepo valley national park

Day 10; Whole day adventure hike to mount Morungole to visit the indigenous Ik tribal people

Day 11; Morning game drive and transfer to Gulu

Day 12; Explore the Acholi culture

Day 13; Transfer to Murchison falls national park

Day 14; Morning game drive and transfer to fort portal (a home to Tooro kingdom

Day 15; Visit Amabele caves and the crater lakes field

Day 16; Transfer to Kibale national park for chimpanzee trekking

Day 17; Transfer to Mgahinga national park for the Batwa culture

Day 18; Batwa trail experience

Day 19; Transfer to Lake Mburo national park

Day 20; Whole day Banyankole cultural exploration.

Day 21; Morning game drive and transfer back to Kampala

Day 22; Departure

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival

On your arrival at Entebbe international airport the main entrance to the pearl of Africa in Uganda, where you will be received by an Avelisa tours professional guide who will welcome and brief you about this interesting cultural and wildlife safari then he will transfer you to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Cultural tour in Kampala city. Explore the kasubi tombs, Kabaka’s palace, Kabaka’s lake, Buganda parliament, Uganda museum and craft center.

Kick off your unforgettable adventure in Uganda’s capital city after having a delicious health breakfast. Then embark on a cultural tour of Kampala a city that has grown out of the traditional capital of Buganda Kingdom, one of the last surviving intact Africa traditional monarchies, established about 700 years ago. Baganda are the largest single ethnic group in Uganda, occupying the central part of Uganda formerly called Buganda province, one of the most active kingdoms led by a supreme king known as the “kabaka” a title of the king in Buganda kingdom.
The people from Buganda are Bantu speaking people with a language called Luganda. They believed in superhuman spirits inform of Mizimu (ghosts), Misambwa and Balubaale (spirits). Explore the cultural sites learning about some of the hidden and forgotten history of the kingdom in addition to experiencing an authentic traditional culture. Visit kasubi tombs, a UNESCO world heritage site that features a magnificent unique dome-shaped grass thatched hut a cultural burial grounds that houses the tombs of the 4 “Ssekabaka” (late kings of Buganda). The interesting tale of the never ending fire smoke and the magnificent features of kasubi tombs represent the rich tradition and heritage of the Baganda people
Tour the Kabaka’s palace a former home of the Buganda kingdom established in 1922. The palace served as army barracks during the Obote and Amin’s administrations. Though you cannot enter the building, the guide will give you a good overview of the history of the kingdom and palace grounds including a visit to the armory which was allegedly used by Amin’s henchmen as a torture chamber. You can opt to take a walk along the fascinating royal mile and connect to Bulange parliament the traditional centre for Lukiiko that demonstrates that Buganda already had an established parliament before the coming of Europeans.
Visit Kabaka’s lake a manmade lake dug in 1880by Baganda people under the orders of their king “Mwanga” as an escape corridor during British armed conflicts to connect to Lake Victoria the world’s largest tropical lake. Settle for relaxation and lunch.
In the afternoon, connect to Uganda museum one of the best museums and the oldest in east Africa established in 1908. It displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage including playable musical instruments, hunting equipment, weaponry, archaeology and entomology. After the museum connect to craft shop on Buganda road displayed with beautiful art pieces. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Naggalabi coronation site and Wamala tombs

Start the day with an early morning breakfast and undertake a drive to Naggalabi coronation site on Buddo hill in Wakiso district. This is a breath taking site where Buganda Kabaka’s have been crowned for the past 799 years.
Explore the mound where Kintu the first Buganda king (kabaka) killed his brother Bemba Musota and declared himself kabaka in the 14TH century. See the Buganda house in which the king stays for 9days after the date of his coronation and the Mbonelede tree which is believed to be one of the oldest trees in the Buganda kingdom and the country in general. The tree was used several years as a traditional court during the time of the pre-colonial Buganda kingdom (Kintu’s time). During court sessions, suspects pleaded for mercy by saying “Mbonelede” meaning “I have learnt my lessons” hence the naming of the tree after the phrase. Retreat and settle for lunch.
Embark on a drive to Wamala tombs a sacred burial place of Ssekabaka Suuna II who had 148 wives and 218 children. Suuna was the last king to be buried in his own palace and the last king to have his jaw line removed after death. Retreat from the tombs and return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Transfer to Jinja visit Ssezibwa falls, Mabira forest and Kagulu hill

After having breakfast, embark on a 3-4 hours drive to Jinja in Busoga kingdom having a stopover at Ssezibwa falls on Ssezibwa river, a notably beauty and significant spot of the Buganda kingdom. Legends has it that the river is not a natural phenomenon but a progeny of a pregnant woman (Nakkungu) who was expected to give birth to twins but instead what poured from her womb was a twin river.
Continue with the journey and make a stopover at Mabira forest. Legends has it that the forest act as a protective shield to the Buganda palace. Its believed that it holds the storm that comes from the west from reaching the palace. The forest is home to over 300 tree species with many ancient trees of over 70 years old. Retreat and continue the journey to Jinja for lunch.
Embark on a drive to Kagulu hill in Buyende district. Upon arrival, you will get briefed by the local guide about the safety precautions before embarking on a 1 hour hike to the top of the hill which offers beautiful panoramic views of Busoga region. This spectacular hill marks the first settlement of the Busoga people.
At the site, other smaller hills are believed to be wives of Kagulu including Mawale, Kagwese, Mpanga, and Nkyeere among others. In the north of the hill there lies a traditional shrine of an aging oracle named Mandwa Kagulu Nabiryo who is noted to be haunted by 45 spirits who own and patrol the Kagulu hill. Retire from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Boat ride to the source of the Nile and white water rafting

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and undertake a thrilling boat ride to the source of the Nile (the world’s longest river) return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch then embark on a white water rafting experience on the mighty Nile river. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 6

Transfer to Mbale and have a cultural encounter with the Bagisu people

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast, after undertake a 3-4 hours drive to Mbale city near mountain Elgon, Africa’s highest mountain rising to 4321m. Drive through the impressive countryside landscapes of eastern Uganda. Arrive in Mbale for lunch and undertake a cultural encounter with the Bagisu people enjoying their cultural dances (kadodi) and their colorful ceremony of imbalu where Bagisu boys of 16yrs and above are publically circumcised with a special knife without painkillers in order to be initiated into manhood, enjoy the dance as they go around community ganging up with village members at the event. The imbalu is held in a period between august to December of every two year. After the cultural encounter, retire for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Transfer to Kapchorwa for hiking the Sipi falls, proceed to Karamoja

After a morning breakfast, embark on an hour drive to Kapchorwa to hike the three pretty Sipi falls. The falls area series of three waterfalls, that cascades down slope from mountain Elgon into the Kyoga basin. The water fall is surrounded by beautiful walking trails, lush green hills. The guide will lead you on a 3 hours hike through the region to visit the falls. Retreat from the activity for lunch and relaxation. Later on have dinner and an overnight.

Day 8

Transfer to Moroto and undertake a Cultural encounter in the Karamoja community

Start the day with breakfast and embark on a 3 and a half hours drive to Moroto and undertake a cultural encounter in the Karamoja communities’ one of Uganda’s distinctive tribes. They are nomadic pastrolists well known for their love for cattle, cattle rustling and their resistance to tapping to the modern world. You will explore Mayanttas (traditional home stades where women and girls grow a few crops make sorghum flour and produce tradition beer). The Mayanttas are simple structures with low doors that you have to crawl into which have concentric defensive rings of thorny bush woods surrounding a central compound containing huts, grannies. Visiting Mayanttas will give you interesting insight into customs and traditions of the karamojong people. Retreat from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Karamoja people speak a language called Ngakarimojong (Nilotic language), their traditional dance is very unique that involves jumping with chanting songs, it is often performed to welcome visitors to their communities. Their staple food is sorghum, which is planted with cucumbers and marrows. Cattle are a key element of the karamojong culture, milk, blood and meat provide sustainace, fat is both food and cosmetics, urine is used as a cleanser, hides make sleeping skin, skirts, sandals among others.

Day 9

Transfer to Kidepo valley national park

After having breakfast, embark on a 5hours drive to Kidepo valley national park in the northeastern part of Uganda. On your arrival, relax and settle for lunch. Undertake a game drive in Narus valley with a high congregation of wildlife species; look out for lions, elephants, zebras, bushbucks, reedbucks, klipspringer, Jackson hartebeest, oribi, side-striped jackals and many more. Retreat from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 10

Whole day adventure hike to mount Morungole to visit the indigenous ik tribal people

Have an early morning breakfast around 7:30am after embark on a wonderful day adventure hike to Ik villages high on the slopes of mountain Morungole. This encounter offers an unforgettable opportunity to interluct with these people who were portrayed as the world’s nastiest people in the 1972 best-seller “the mountain people” by the British American anthropologist Colin Turnbull. Your visit to the Ik village will disapprove that they are welcoming, loving and Turnbull simply got it wrong.
The Ik is a small tribe of 10000 people as is seen as endangered for its future existence. They are believed to have migrated from Ethiopia and first settled in Kenya and migrated to what is now Kidepo valley national park. They were cattle herders however due to cattle raids from Karamoja they gave up cattle for subsistence farming, honey production and goat keeping. After the adventure, return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 11

Morning game drive and transfer to Gulu

After breakfast, undertake a morning game drive at 6am, head onto the savannah plains in search for wildlife like cheetahs, eland, giraffes, leopard, aardwolf, caracals and many more. Retreat from the activity and settle for lunch then embark on a 41/2 hrs journey to Gulu driving through beautiful landscapes arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 12

Explore the Acholi culture

Have relaxed breakfast and embark on a whole day Acholi cultural experience. The Acholi people are Nilotic ethnic group of Luo people; they speak a language called Luo. Their traditional communities were organized hamlets of circular huts with high peaked roofs furnished with a mad sleeping platform, jars of grain and a sunken fire place. They practiced mixed farming, poultry, practiced agriculture. Their main food is sorghum, millet, simsim and a wide assortment of beans. The Lara-karaka is their courtship dance that granted young men the opportunity to demonstrate their dancing powers and physical vigor in hope of securing a marriage partner. They name their children according to the circumstances of birth or the state of the family at the time of birth.
The tour to their culture offers you an insight into the Luo culture in general. You explore their unique building architecture, their way of life and how they are recovering from the LRA insurgency that disorganized their area. Have lunch and enjoy a traditional dance. Retreat for relaxation, dinner and over night.

Day 13

Transfer to Murchison falls national park

After having breakfast, embark on a journey to Murchison falls national park, passing through beautiful landscapes, local markets, plantations among others. On arrival, check in, relax and settle for lunch.
In the afternoon undertake a boat ride to the bottom of the falls sailing through a number of hippos, crocodiles basking on river banks, oribis, elephants showering and beautiful water birds giving you opportunities to take clear and beautiful photo shoots . Disembark the boat and undertake a hike to the top of the falls to have a clear view of the devils cauldron where the water forces its self through a 7m wide gorge falling 45 meters cascading 120m long. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 14

Morning game drive and transfer to fort portal (a home to Tooro kingdom)

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and embark on a morning game drive in the northern part of the park in Buligi sector look out for animals like lions, antelopes, elephants, giraffes, oribi, hyena, warthogs among others. Retire from the activity for relaxation and lunch.
Embark on a journey to fort portal Uganda’s tourism city. The drive is so scenic with rolling hills, plantations, landscapes, views of the mountain Rwenzori. Arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
The Tooro kingdom is situated in the western part of Uganda (fort portal) the Batooro people a led by a king called Omukama their cultural leader. They speak a language called Lutooro and their cultural dance is Runyege performed with big drums (Embuutu), long drum (Emgalabbi), shaker (kasekendde) and Runyege (tied around the legs). The dance is performed culturally with vigor and skill to impress the woman of interest to pick out the right man. Their favorite stew is Firinda made from beans.

Day 15

Visit Amabele caves and the crater lakes field

After having breakfast, have a visit to the Amabele ga Nyina Mwiru (breast like features) that belonged to a beautiful girl called Nyina Mwiru (princess) who refused to marry a man chose by her dad (king). The dad punished her by cutting off her breasts. They are still dripping milk till today. You will be amused by the history about it. Retire and settle for lunch.
In the afternoon, have a hike to the crater field. Fort portal is blessed with a number of crater lakes formed as a result of vulcanicity with violet eruption causing the top of the volcano to be blown off. The lakes vary in size and there bilhazia free. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 16

Transfer to Kibale national park for chimpanzee trekking

After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Kibale national park for chimpanzee trekking. You will first have a briefing from the guide then start the trekking in the forest taking about 2-5 hours depending on the location, when they are sighted, your allowed to spend one hour with them watching them play, feed their young ones, jumping from one tree to another, you will take pictures of them. Return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.
Visit the Toro palace the official residence of the Omukama/king of the Tooro kingdom Oyo Nyimba Iguru who is the world’s youngest king, the palace sits on Kabarole hill overlooking fort portal. The kingdom has been in existence for over 185years. Explore the royal regalia and the interpretation of the king’s coronation process. You will have magical views of fort portal town, mountains of the moon among others. Enjoy a traditional dance from the Toro people where you can opt to join in. return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 17

Transfer to Mgahinga national park for the Batwa culture

After breakfast, embark on a whole day drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park passing through impressive savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth national park dotted with a myriad of wildlife including elephants, leopards, buffalos, savannah lions, hippos, Nile crocodiles, and giant forest hogs and over 600 bird species.
Enjoy the beautiful scenic views of kigezi highlands and virunga massif as you approach Mgahinga national park for relaxation, dinner and over night.

Day 18

Batwa trail experience

After breakfast at around 7:30am, transfer to Ntebeko visitor centre for a briefing about the Batwa trail experience which starts at 8am. The trail introduces you to the Batwa/Twa (pygmy) people. They are a hunter-gatherer tribe who depended on forest for shelter, food and medicine for generations. They celebrated a successful hunt by naming children after the animal or location in the forest. Batwa names are derived from names of animals or locations in the forest.
The trail is led by a local Twa guide who explains how they used to live in the forest before being ousted when it became a national park. Follow the trail along the lower slopes of virunga as the guide demonstrates several traditional practical skills including lighting fire by rubbing sticks together, hunting and trapping techniques, target practice with a bow and arrow and how to fetch water in a bamboo cup.
Learn about food gathering, nutritious leaves, plants, berries found in the forest that you might not even notice, learn about different plants they used for medicines. The trail ends inside a 342m long Garama cave where a group of women and girls hide in the darkness, sing and act out a song of sadness about the loss of their beloved forest and their desire to return to what is now a national park. The trail takes about 7-8 hours after which return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 19

Transfer to Lake Mburo national park

Start the day with a delicious breakfast, after, embark on 5 hours drive to lake Mburo national park, Uganda’s smallest savannah park a home of 68 mammal species, over 350 bird species and 5 lakes. Make a stopover at the 1520AD Eclipse monument on Biharwe hill overlooking the Igongo cultural centre. You can opt to climb the hill than driving which is a magical experience to encounter.
The 3 pillar monument reminds local people of the time when the Omukama (king) of Bunyoro had confiscated the entire cows of the Ankole kingdom leaving people in complete starvation. The tide of events turned one day as he was from raiding that of Rwanda and reached Biharwe, the eclipse took place and the sky fell ominously dark during daylight hours. This prompted the terrified Omukama to flee back to Bunyoro leaving behind several stolen cattle at the site and when the eclipse was over, the Banyankole found cows all over, they thought the cows where sent from heaven by God to rescue them from starvation.
Connect to Igongo cultural museum to tour the Erijukiro museum which features collections of all tribes of southwestern Uganda. Settle for a traditional lunch then proceed with the drive to Lake Mburo national park for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 20

Whole day Banyankole cultural exploration.

Wake up for breakfast at around 6:00am and then connect to Enyemebwa centre to catch up with the herds men getting up to the milking and their daily routine. Arrive and get milking equipment like the tying rope and the milking pot to actively participate in the traditional hand milking of the world famous Ankole long-horned cattle.
From milking participate in sick animal treating, caring for cows like brushing their body using locally made fiber brush known as Enkuyo and then set out to graze in the wilderness. Enjoy the stimulating sounds made by herdsmen as they get out to the grazing fields, you will be mesmerized how cows know how to align themselves forming a line headed by those that have special character of leading others. Retreat from the encounter and visit a traditional hut where you will find women churning milk in the churning gourd, explore banana plantations learning different types and their respective uses. Retreat from the activity for lunch.
In the evening, attend traditional performances like singing and dancing. Enjoy the performance where you can opt to take part yourself. It is a fascinating encounter that allows you to gain a deep immersion of the local culture. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 21

Morning game drive and transfer back to Kampala

Have an early morning breakfast and embark on a 3-4hours thrilling experience of exploring lake Mburo national park on foot a unique walking game safari through an impressive savannah ecosystem with lots of acacia, look out for Rothschild’s giraffes, Burchell’s zebra, impala (only found here in Uganda), defassa waterbucks, bushbucks, common elands (the world’s second largest antelope), variety of birds and many more. Retreat for lunch and check out.
Embark on a 3-4 hours journey to Kampala making a stopover at the equator for photo shoots then proceed with the journey back to Kampala arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 22

Departure

Start the day with a delicious breakfast, depending on your flight departure time, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home. With all the experience got, memories created, you will say goodbye to the pearl of Africa. Hope to host you again and welcome you back to the pearl of Africa.
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  • Full board accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Entrance fees in all areas visited
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Activity fees
  • Bottled water
  • Guide fees
  • Airport pick up and transfer

    Activities

    • Explore the central, eastern, northern and southern regions of the pearl of Africa
    • Hiking the dramatic fort portal crater field
    • Learning about Ugandan history at the Uganda national museum
    • Game drives in Kidepo valley national park
    • Visit the Ik people
    • Hiking mount Morungole
    • Walking safari in lake Mburo national park
    • Visit the Karamoja community
    • Boat cruise to the source of the Nile
    • White water rafting
    • Hiking Kagulu hill
    • Boat ride on the mighty Nile in Murchison falls national park
    • Traditional cultural dances
    • Hiking the 3 beautiful sip falls
    • Visit Amabele caves
    • Visit Oyo palace for the Batooro culture
    • Batwa forest experience
    • Banyankole cultural encounter
    • Busoga cultural and traditional experience
  • Visas
  • Flights (domestic and international)
  • Laundry services
  • Optional activities and their fees
  • Other beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in the activity
  • tips
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PRICES ( $ ) per person

 

SINGLE

2 PEOPLE

3-7 people

8-14 people

15+ people

BUDGET

10,958 USD

10,410 USD

10,246 USD

10,136 USD

9,862 USD

MIDRANGE

12,164 USD

11,555 USD

11,373 USD

11,252 USD

10,948 USD

LUXURY

16,651USD

15,818 USD

15,569 USD

15,402 USD

14,986 USD

 

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