14 DAYS WILDLIFE CULTURE
There are a wide range of ethnic groups in Uganda with many different languages spoken, namely Luganda (most common), English (only a small portion speak it), Bantu, Swahili, Nilotic and Lumasaba. Christians make up 85.2% of Uganda’s population, there are a certain amount of Sikhs and Hindus, and 12% are Muslims.
- Cultural experience
- Rhino trekking
- Game drive
- Bird watching
- Boat cruise
- Nature walk
- Community walk
- Chimpanzee tracking
Day 1: Arrival and city tour
Upon the arrival at the Airport, you will be picked by a guide from Prime Tours Uganda. Transfer to hotel in Kampala for relaxation and refreshment.
Explore the iconic attractions that include; Uganda museum, Independence monument, Bahai temple and Lubiri palace. Dinner and overnight stay Rochester hotel
Day 2: City tour
After your early morning breakfast, visit Kabaka’s lake, Kasubi tombs, Naggalabi coronation site, Wamala tombs and Ssezibwa falls. You will have lunch at the restaurant of your choice in Kampala. You will enjoy getting to know the rich cultural tradition of Buganda kingdom that has stood from the ancient times. Dinner and overnight stay Rochester hotel.
Day 3: Transfer to Kidepo National park.
Take your early morning breakfast. Embark on 12-hour journey to Kidepo National Park. Stopover in Nakasongola district to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-home to endangered white rhinos. Continue northwards to Karuma falls where you will sight troops of baboons by the road. The spectacular view of the Karuma falls is wonderful for taking photos.
Proceed to Kitgum town where you shall have late lunch at Boma Hotel. Head to Kidepo Valley National Park in Kaabong district. Check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Apoka Rest Camp.
Day 4: Game drive and Bird watching
Take your early morning breakfast. Along with your packed lunch, go for a game drive through the rugged savannah dominated by mount Morungole and transacted by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. Expect to see various wildlife dotted in the plains that include buffalos, warthogs, waterbucks, hartebeest, ostriches, lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants to name but a few-this is the only park where zebras and giraffes are found together in Uganda. Packed lunch will be had in the bush.
Proceed to Namamukweny valley located north-west of the park to see various birds that include Eastern Paradise Whydah, Common Bulbul, Abyssinian Roller, Green Wood Hoopoe, White-crested turaco among others. Dinner and overnight stay Apoka Rest Camp.
Day 5: Cultural encounters
Take your early morning breakfast, visit the craft shops at Apoka Tourism Center- you could relax as you read some books and watch the beautiful sunrise over the rolling grassland plain enclosed by distant mountains-the Narus valley. The Narus dam and waterhole nearby is a perfect observation point for game especially in dry seasons. You will have lunch back at your lodge.
In the afternoon, drive to Mount Morungule and have a cultural tour of the IK people who live on the mountain slopes-this is the smallest ethnic group in Uganda with a unique culture. Dinner and overnight stay Apoka Rest Camp.
Day 6: Transfer to Murchison falls national park.
Have your early morning breakfast. Drive through Kidepo valley dotted with Borassus plants to Kanangorok Hotsprings that lie 11km beyond the Kidepo River on the Sudan border. This is a glorious place to sit and view the mountains beyond the frontier. You will then exit the park. Lunch at restaurant of choice in Gulu town.
Continue southwards to Karuma falls where you will turn from the junction and head on to Murchison Falls National Park via Pakwach. Check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 7: Game drive and Boat cruise
Take your early morning breakfast. Game drive through the winding tracks of the large park as you watch the beautiful sun rise. Expect to see elephants, Jackson’s heart beast, kobs, baboons, monkeys to name but a few. You will have lunch back at the lodge.
In the afternoon, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. Expect to see Nile crocodiles basking at the river banks, schools of hippos swimming in the water, aquatic birds at the river bank among others. You will be swept off your feet by the spectacular view of the Nile waters gushing through a narrow gorge only about 7 meters wide falling to a depth of about 40 meters. The Nile waters divide at the top forming Uhuru falls on the other side also make it more fascinating.
The boat will dock at a point a few meters away from the Devil’s Cauldron where you will begin your hike to the top of the falls. The hike is a rewarding experience as you will have various views of the waterfalls and you could spot the rainbow casted by the waterfalls on a sunny day. Dinner and overnight stay Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 8: Primates walk
Take your morning breakfast. Drive through the Royal Mile stretch in Budongo forest and with the help of a skilled guide you can ably view several bird species that include the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Chestnut Crowned Eremomera, Dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, Yellow-browned Camaroptera, Black-headed Paradise Flycatcher, Slender-billed Greenbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Forest Robin, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow and Grey Longbill, Little Green Sunbird, Western Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellow-manted Weaver, Crested Malimbe and Cassin’s Hawk Eagle to name but a few.
Also you should expect to see primates like the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys swinging on tree branches.
After this activity you will exit the park via Kachumbayobo gate and proceed to Hoima town for lunch at Kolping Hotel located on the road to the Oil Wells. Thereafter you will have a visit to the Omukama’s palace. Dinner and overnight stay Kolping Hotel.
Day 9: Transfer to Fort Portal
After your morning breakfast, start the journey to Fortportal and visit Amabere ga nyinamwiru a cultural site located along the Fortportal – Bundibujyo road. Lunch at Gardens restaurant
Visit the Royal palace of Tooro situated on a beautiful hill by the town. Proceed with journey to Kibale national park. Dinner and overnight stay Bigodi community lodge.
Day 10: Chimpanzee tracking
Have your early morning breakfast. Move to Kanyanchu for chimpanzee tracking. You will you’re your packed lunch since the activities take the whole day. Enjoy the moments with these chimpanzee as you take pictures with them for your memories. Dinner and overnight stay Bigodi community lodge.
Day 11: Nature and Community walk
Take your morning breakfast. Go for a swamp walk at Magombe swamp in Bigodi village. This is a birders’ haven with lots of birds among which is the great blue turaco, Yellow spotted nicator, Yellow rumped tinker bird, crowned eagle to name but a few. Also some monkeys from Kibale national park escape to this swamp like the red tailed monkey. You will have lunch back at your lodge.
In the afternoon, go for a community walk and traditional food experience. Dinner and overnight stay Bigodi community lodge.
Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park.
After your morning breakfast, start the journey to Mbarara district where you will visit Igongo cultural center. Lunch at restaurant of choice in Mbarara town.
Proceed to Lake Mburo national park located about 30km to the east of Mbarara town. Afternoon game drive; expect to see zebras, hippos, bushbucks, hedgehogs, African buffalo, common eland, impala among others. Dinner and overnight stay Mihingo lodge.
Day 13: Ndere Troupe Cultural centre.
After your morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and then embark on the journey back to Kampala, with a stopover at the Equator for Souvenir shopping and then proceed to Kampala. Lunch in Kampala at the restaurant of your choice. In the afternoon, proceed via Ntinda – Kisasi road to visit the Ndere Troupe cultural centre which is a home for cultural information with performances by the Ndere dance troupe, plus art exhibit. Dinner and overnight stay Rochester hotel.
Day 14: Religious sites and Departure.
Take your early morning breakfast, start the journey to Namugongo to visit the Uganda Martyr’s Shrine, then to Namirembe and Rubaga cathedrals. Lunch at any restaurant in Kampala.
After lunch, you will be dropped at the location of your choice or at Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight.
END OF TOUR
|NO. OF PAX
- A 4×4 Safari vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Chimpanzee permit
- All tour activities as per the itinerary
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water
- A company of an English speaking guide
- Flight fares
- Insurance costs
- Personal expenses
- Telephone costs
- Laundry costs
- Extra food and drinks
- Extra activities not in the itinerary