Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe-Kampala
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you 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 2: Kampala historical tour
After breakfast, you explore the historical and cultural sites of Buganda Kingdom which is one of the last surviving intact and large Kingdoms in Africa. The history of Uganda is embedded within the history of Buganda as you will come to learn. 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. You will learn about how the whites came into Uganda and how they colonized it through this trail. In the afternoon, you to tour the Uganda National Museum which features historical, cultural geological and a range of other artifacts of Uganda.
Day 3: 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 and how it influenced the formation of the country of Uganda. 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 4: Kampala city center historical tour
Today, we will be exploring the different landmarks, monuments and other measuems that carry the political, social and economic history of Uganda. Some of the sites but not limited to; the independence monument, clock tower, Makerere university, Sir Edward Muteesa among others.
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 historical and 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 6: Jinja historical tour
Jinja is the second largest town after the capital city Kampala, it oozes with historical significance and boosts as the first industrial town of Uganda, a preferred business, tourism, adventure and residence town from the time of the Arabs to the colonialists to this day. Most of the ancient buildings are still left intact as tourist attractions. There is a lot of history in this town, we will do our best to make sure you learn about all of it.
Day 7: Mbale town historical tour
After an early morning breakfast, we will drive deep east of the country to another historical and major land mark in the history of Uganda and East Africa, a town called Mbale which until recently was the cleanest city in Uganda a glory they are fighting to gain back. You will visit different historical sites in and around the town center including Semi Kakungulu trail, Wanale trail among others.
Day 8: Sipi falls historical tour
After an early breakfast, a drive through rolling hills and deep green scenery 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 9: Nyero rock historical tour
After breakfast, we will drive north east a pre historic Iron Age site called the Nyero rock paintings that are found in three rock shelters. Some of the paintings represent animals, concentric circles and canoes. These all depict the history of the itestots people who have lived in this part of the country for a long time. We will crown the visit by visiting the palace of the traditional chief called the Emorimori.
You will drive back to Mbale for the night
Day 10: Transfer to kampala
Breakfast at leisure, you will be transferred to Kampala arriving early afternoon. You can opt to check out the night life of Kampala dubbed as the city of smiles, the city that never sleeps the most “happening place in Africa!”
Day 11: Nakayima tree – Fort Portal town
Today we will travel to western Uganda to the tourism capital of Uganda called Fort Portal, a town immersed with immense history of Uganda mostly for the geography and friendliness, its’s also the gateway to the Rwenzori mountains the third highest in Africa. Our first stop over will be at a major historical site called the Nakayima tree, now turned into a traditional worship place. History has it that it was a fortress and strong hold for one of the Bunyoro kings during his battle with the whites against colonialism. Very fascinating, we will arrive in the later afternoon, check into your hotel and soak in the night with magnificent views.
Day 12: Toro kingdom – Amabere caves, hike
Today you will visit the Toro kingdom palace and the other cultural sites like the burial tombs of the fallen kings. The Toro Kingdom is a home for the world’s youngest king “Oyo”. You will learn about the history of Toro kingdom traditional dress code, language spoken, about the past kings and where they are buried among others, the numerous artifacts that represent their culture.
After lunch, you will visit the Amabere Caves, a geographical formation of stunning stalactites and stalagmites forming a milky substance within the waterfall. The cultural significance of the place is the major reason of your visit to this site, get ready for the discovery! If you are fit enough, you will then go for hiking along the hills that are as a result of volcanic eruptions, sight swamps/ wetlands, the crater lakes. We will drive back to your hotel for the day. You can choose to have an evening walk in the cleanest and peaceful town in Uganda. You can also opt for the night life in the bars and the clubs
Day 13: Semuliki hot springs – Batwa
After breakfast, drive to Semuliki National Park for an amazing nature walk. And half day Batwa heritage trail. The walk will expose to various birds like Rwenzori Turaco and primates including the rare deBrazza’s monkey, visit the famous Sempaya hot springs, female hot spring known as Nyasimbi and male hot spring known as Bitente where you will boil your plantains in this natural steam and they are ready in a couple of minutes. From here you will set off for the Batwa heritage trail a half day activity that takes you through the forests of Semuliki 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 will listen to the sorrowful songs being sung by the Batwa women taking you through the course of their tradition; it is a rich taste of the fading typical African culture. Return from this activity and embark on the transfer to Fort Portal.
Day 14: Kibale Chimps – Bigodi
Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!
An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.
Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!
Day 15: Queen Elizabeth – Boat cruise
In the morning, after your breakfast, you will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.
In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.
Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge.
Day 16: Game drive – Katwe
Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise, breakfast will be served in the restaurant before we head out with packed lunch for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.
We will visit Lake Katwe also known as the salt late, interact with the local communities, visit a women’s community group, you can support their efforts by purchasing a souvenir. We will then game drive back to the lodge.
Day 17: Transfer to Kampala or airport
After your breakfast, your driver/ guide will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport)
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.
- Ground transportation on the tour
- Airport transfers.
- Accommodation and meals as per indicated in the itinerary
- Service on an English speaking driver
- Chimpanzee tracking permit
- Visa or Insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Soft or alcoholic drinks