Cultural Tours

17 Days Uganda’s Cultures tour

This 17 days Uganda’s cultures tour is designed to give you an interesting itinerary coverage of the different cultures of Uganda including Buganda (Kampala city tour), Busoga, Bugisu, Bunyoro, Batwa, Batoro and Karamojong. It is combined with wildlife since the cultural communities visited surround the National parks. Experience

the real Africa on this trip. Karibu.

Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe-Kampala On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, we will be met by our representatives. We will drive to Kampala and stay in the Ndere Centre. In the evening we will watch a concert of Ugandan drumming and dancing and have our evening meal there.

Day 3: Ndere troupe Cultural training day This day will include having your breakfast and a training program at Ndere Centre for a one day workshop. The training will depend on your cultural interest as you will be trained while actively involving you self in learning how to cook traditional local foods, dancing, dressing and courtship in the traditional local Ugandan style. .

Day 4: Kampala cultural tour After breakfast, you explore the cultural sites of Buganda Kingdom which is one of the last surviving intact and large Kingdoms in Africa. You explore the Kasubi tombs which is a world heritage site and a burial ground for the Kings of Buganda. You proceed to tour the Kings Palace at Lubiri which is the main parliament of the Kingdom of Buganda. The tour will proceed to the Kabaka’s lake which is a manmade lake that was dug by the King Mwanga of Buganda in the pre-colonial Uganda. In the afternoon, you to tour the Uganda National Museum which features historical, cultural geological and a range of other artifacts of Uganda.

Day 5: Kampala cultural tour After breakfast, drive to Naggalabi coronation site. This is a place where the Kings of Buganda are appointed. You will get a chance to learn about the true traditional culture of the Buganda tribe and its kingdom. After lunch, you will drive to Wamala tombs where you explore the ancient tomb of Ssekabaka Ssuna of Buganda who is noted to have had 148 wives and produced 218 children, He is the last Buganda King to have had a jaw bone which is believed to contain his spirit placed in the royal shrine and taken care by his descendants.

Day 6: Jinja Source visit via Sezibwa Falls To beat the morning traffic, you will rise early and after your breakfast set off. Your first stop will be Ssezibwa falls; a traditional cultural site for the Baganda. Here your guide will take you through the cultural significance which originates from the legendary history of the place. Driving through sugar cane plantations, tea plantations, you will have lunch at the source of the mighty river Nile, have a short tour of Jinja town and then head to your lodge for the night.

Day 7: Jinja – Mbale (Sippi Falls) After an early breakfast, a drive through the eastern part of Uganda brings you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level. The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. In the afternoon guided for a walk to all the three water falls of Sipi You will stay in a simple, but nice self-contained cottage. From the resort you have beautiful views over the valley and one of the waterfalls. Day 6: Drive to Kidepo National Park After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kidepo Valley National Park passing through impressive countryside landscapes of north eastern Uganda with the views of savannah protected areas of Pian Upe and Matheniko Bokora Game Reserves. The protruding views of Mount Moroto are also rewarding. You are welcomed by the plains of Karamoja region before arriving at the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Whole day cultural tour to the Karamojong pastoralist communities Today you will spending the entire day with the pastoralist Karamjong community who are re-known nomadic herdsmen that have lived a transhumance way of life in this sub region of Karamoja for years. They keep herds of Cattle, live in Manyatta and are now transforming from moving naked to dressing up. They have great heritage that surrounds the practice of cattle keeping. You learn to do traditional hand milking, learn how they use milk and its products to survive; the significance of cattle to them, how they are transiting from nomadism to settled farming, their entertainment modes among other aspects. You retire in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 8: Explore the Indigenous Karamojong in the Morungole Mountains After breakfast with your packed lunch, you will set off for a hike to the Mountains of Morungole where the ancient indigenous Karamojong thrive. It is a rewarding day that incorporates culture and sightseeing experience. The impressive flat landscapes of Kidepo plains are pardoned by series of hills and mountains that also mark the area among which include Mount Morungole presenting an impressive landscape that offers magical scenic views. The indigenous Karamojong have maintained their traditions and their remote living have sheltered them from the wind of globalization thus presenting an authentic touch of an African culture. You will explore their way of life, their religions, family bonds, marriage practices, architecture and other cultural aspects that are worth understanding. You retreat from the encounter and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 9: Transfer to Pakwatch Today’s journey is scenic, filled with amazing landscapes, vast open land with mountain back drops and endless skylines enroute to Pakwatch. Driving past Kitgum, Gulu and eventually arrive in Murchison Falls National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 10: Whole day exploration of the Acholi Culture Today, you will spend the whole day exploring the Acholi cultures that neighbor Murchison Falls National Park. These are part of the Luo ethnicity and the tour of their culture offers you an insight into the Luo culture in general. You explore their unique building architecture where they do step thatch for their local cottages living together in groups. You explore their way of life and explore how they are recovering from the Lord Resistance Army insurgency that disorganized their area. Their abducted sons and daughters are still coming back and welcomed back to the society after being subjected to Nyono tong gweno which is like a cleansing ritual. You retreat for relaxation dinner and overnight

Day 11: Transfer to Hoima. - Kibiro salt Gardens & Bunyoro Palace After breakfast, you will be transferred to Hoima for another cultural encounter. You make a stop en route at Kibiro Salt Gardens to visit the heritage of this historic site. The Kibiro Salt Gardens has supported the livelihoods of the surrounding community dating far back to 900 years ago far before the coming of Europeans. The locals extract fine salt which they then exchange with the other surrounding communities for food and other items. The work of salt extraction at this site has for long been a dominant of female. Accessing the site exposes you to walking on steep and challenging landscapes with narrow paths that can only be accessed by foot. We will return to our journey to Hoima, have lunch and the visit the Bunyoro Kingdom to explore the ancient heritage of the Banyoro. You undertake a heritage tour to the palace and the Royal tomb of King Kabalega who is known for having resisted against the British rule and died in exile. He is a famous worrier who had restored the fame of Bunyoro and expanded its borders to greater heights. It is a historical tour worth exploring.

Day 12: Transfer to Fort Portal. We shall rise early today and after breakfast transfer to another cultural enclave called Fort Portal arriving in time for lunch thereafter connecting to the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves. The Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru are breast like features that are believed to be belonging to Nyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father had been alerted that the child will take over his throne. The oozing whitish substance that flows down the breast like features is believed to be milk that continues to flow out of Nyinamwiru’s breasts. You will later take a hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you take on the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. Return to your lodge for, dinner and overnight

Day 13: Visit the Royal Palace of Toro, the Karambi Royal Tomb Today you will visit the Tooro royal palace enjoying the impressively located hill of the Kingdom overlooking the Fort Portal town in the shadows of the mountains of the moon. The Palace features a great architectural building that is worth exploring. You will tour the palace; explore the royal regalia and the interpretation of the King Coronation process. You will be then transfered to Karambi Royal tombs to explore the tombs of the former Kings of Tooro including the founding father of the Kingdom – King Kaboyo. Return to your lodge for lunch and iIn the afternoon, you participate in the Batooro name giving ceremony which is a central practice among the Batooro as they give the pet names to their sons and daughters including Apuuli, Acaali, Akiiki, Araali among others. It is an exciting culture adventure that will see you get a pet name.

Day 14 Transfer to Kasese, Visit the Bunyangabu bee keepers, Rwenzori Art foundation and the Ruboni community The journey of exploration continues as you are transferred to the foothills of the legendary mountains of the moon – the Rwenzori range. You will drive through impressive landscapes with impressive scenic views of the area before making a stop at Bunyangabu bee keepers to have an encounter with the local people demonstrating the bee king business and the products that get from it. You will continue to visit the Ruboni community craft village where a group of village women have dedicated themselves to demonstrate a considerable dexterity and skill in the craft making industry. You will also visit the Rwenzori Art foundation which is apparently the only bronze casting center in the whole of Africa. There are a range of sculptures at the site and you can buy a souvenir. It also presents a participatory experience where you can engage yourself in the casting process. Retire for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Day 15 Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park You will drive deep south western Uganda to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park passing through impressive savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park dotted with a myriad of wildlife. You enjoy the scenic views of Kigezi Highlands and Virunga massif as you approach Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 16: The Batwa Heritage trail This is the highlight of the cultural tour. After an early morning breakfast, you will set off for the Batwa heritage trail a full day activity that takes you through the forests of Mgahinga in the company of the indigenous Batwa guides as they interpret every forest landscape and what it mean to their traditional life. The forest provided a natural shelter that always provided a refugee for the Batwa in times of danger. You learn their wild honey harvesting means, the traditional medical plants, the tree houses, the hunting techniques, the edible roots and plants before arriving at Garama Cave which was the central place for their converging while still in the forest.. You will listen to the sorrowful songs being sung by the Batwa women taking you through the course of their tradition; it is a moment of wonder and deep exploration into the Batwa culture that is at stake of fading away. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 17: Airport Transfer for your flight. You will wake up in the morning and be transferred to Entebbe international airport in order to catch your departure flight back home. Inclusions Ground transportation on the tour Airport transfers.

Accommodation and meals as per indicated in the itinerary Service on an English speaking driver

Exclusions

Airfares Visa or Insurance Tips Items of personal nature Soft or alcoholic drinks End of the Safari