Eco tour – Uganda
Uganda has a very strong culture heritage. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro, Ankole, Toro, etc. Ugandans are remarkable hospitable and hail from a diversity of rich cultures and life styles each tribe has its own traditional dance.
Visit Kabarole and enjoy this delightful scenic area called “The Best in the West”. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains, the legendary “Mountains of the Moon”. You’ll trek in the Kibale Forest National Park – an outstanding tropical rainforest environment, you’ll see sensationally beautiful crater lakes, you marvel at the magnificent kindness and hospitality that you’ll be offered – elsewhere, the Ankole culture and lastly the Baganda!
Day One: Arrival
On arrival at the Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide from Gorillas and East Africa Tours who will then transfer you to Hotel or Guest House. B/B.
Day Two: Kampala – Semliki.
After breakfast, and a briefing from the Company representative, you’ll begin your journey from Kampala to the west of Uganda through Mubende to Semliki Valley arriving at Semliki Wildlife Reserve in the evening. The route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightful rolling tea plantations; this valley is known as the “Garden of Eden” and has a magnificent view of the River Semliki meandering to Lake Albert. You will stop to visit a local farmer and have a tour on his farm then take a picnic lunch at the hot water springs. This evening you will dine and stay at the Lodge or Camping. F/B.
Day Three: Semliki Valley.
After breakfast, you will experience a day of real discovery. You will visit a local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris – the inhabitants are looking forward to welcoming and entertaining you. You will tour the area and then have lunch at the Kamugha Rest House where you will enjoy entertainment provided by the Bakonjo and Batoro (if available), before visiting the local women’s group creating artifacts to provide for the community. Dinner and overnight at lodge or camp site. F/B.
Day Four: Semliki – Kibale.
After an early breakfast, you’ll leave for Fort portal to visit the Kings Royal tombs and various cultural groups including the Burungu community which is rooted in Traditional Toro culture that will entertain you with music, dancing and story telling. Spend the whole day with the local community and on village walks/tours arriving at the lodge in the evening. F/B.
Day Five: Kibale chimp tracking.
After breakfast, drive off to Kibale Forest National Park with its families of Chimpanzees – it’s a home to an astonishing 12 species of Primate and provides one of the highest Primates densities in the world! Here on a guided walk, you may find families of Chimps and Red Colobus monkeys.
In the afternoon you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organisation formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. You will be taken on a guided walk around the swamp, which is home to approximately 137 bird species including the Snowy Headed Robin Cat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of Weavers, Warblers, Greenbuls and Sunbirds. There’s also an abundance of Butterflies. It’s also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. Dinner and overnight at lodge or Guest house. F/B.
Day Six: Kibale -Lake Mburo National Park.
This morning you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park where you will meet the Ankole Culture mainly known for cattle keeping passing via Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Lake Mburo National Park has different flora and fauna to other Parks and reserves, and its the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as Zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia -associated birds. This park is shared by both wildlife and the animals from the local community. The five lakes with in the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek.
When entering the park, you will be able to see the Ankole cows with big amazing horns, mix up with the local people and later have an evening game drive.
Dinner and over night at Lodge, Camp or UWA’s Tents. Full Board.
Day Seven:Lake Mburo National Park.
Spend the whole morning in the park visiting the local community, see how they process ghee, get a chance of participating in milking cows, see how they prepare their staple food (matooke) returning to the Camp in the afternoon. Have a boat trip and later dinner and over night at Camp, Lodge or UWA Park Bandas. F/B.
Day Eight: Mburo – Kampala.
After a morning game drive, you will drive to Kampala having lunch on the way and arriving in the evening. You will be able to stop over at the Equator, be in both hemispheres at once and there after proceed to Kampala arriving at your hotel in the evening. Over night at Hotel or Guest House. B/B.
Day Nine: Kampala – City/Cultural tour.
This morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel around 8.00am and drive through Uganda’s capital city Kampala, to Nakawuka a small village in Mpigi District. This is a unique journey in to the history of Uganda.
You will meet local people and experience a rich and authentic culture, learn about the forgotten times and come face to face with the ancient traditions. Much more than just sight seeing, the local people will entertain you with cultural dancing, music, craft making and story telling. Have lunch and thereafter continue to another village to see a different lifestyle of the Ugandan community. In your visit to the villages, you may also be able to tour the Katereke Prison, which tells the story of a violent and brutal episode in the Buganda history, Nagalabbi Colonial site, and many others.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Kasubi tombs, the king’s palace, the museum, the kings man made lake. Returning at the hotel in the evening.
Dinner and over night at Hotel or Guest house. B/B.
Day Ten: Fly out:
After breakfast, you will be transfered to the airport depending on your flight departure times.