18 Days Explore the cultures of Uganda tour

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Day 1

Welcome to Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Your tour guide will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal, lookout for someone holding a placard with your name. He will drive you to your cultural home for the next 3 days. Check-in and in the evening, you will be treated to a concert of Ugandan drumming and dancing as you partake your evening meal.
Day 2

Cultures of Uganda training.

This is a cultural tour and before we head out across the country, you will have a one day workshop training about the cultures of Uganda; areas of interest can be among others learning how to cook traditional local foods, dancing, dressing, and courtship in the traditional local Ugandan style among others. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at the Ndere Centre.
Day 3- 4

Kampala cultural tour

After breakfast, you explore the cultural sites of the 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. Other cultural sites you will visit are the Naggalabi coronation site and the Wamala Tombs.
Day 5

Sezibwa Falls- Source of the Nile.

You will rise early and after your breakfast, you will be transferred to another Buganda Cultural site called Ssezibwa Falls. Here your guide will take you through the cultural significance which originates from the legendary history of the place. In the afternoon 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- 7

Transfer to Sipi Falls

After an early breakfast, you will have a city tour of Jinja town, visit the Busoga Kingdom parliament and Palace and in the afternoon drive to Sipi Falls found in the Eastern Part of Uganda at the foothills of Mount Elgon. You will hike to the top of the falls, take a nature walk and visit the coffee plantations of the locals who will take you through the A- Z of coffee planting, growth through to harvesting and processing. You will be staying in a simple but nice self-contained cottage with spectacular views of the valley and the waterfalls.
Day 8

Transfer to Kidepo National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kidepo Valley National Park passing through impressive countryside landscapes of northeastern 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 9:

Cultural exploration tour to the Karamojong pastoralist communities

Today you will be spending the entire day with the pastoralist Karamojong 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 a 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 10

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 a 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 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 11

Transfer to Pakwatch

Today’s journey is scenic, filled with amazing landscapes, vast open land with mountain backdrops and endless skylines en route to Pakwatch. Driving past Kitgum, Gulu and eventually arrive in Murchison Falls National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Day 12

Acholi Cultural exploration

Today, you will spend the whole day exploring the Acholi cultures that neighbour 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 13

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 then 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 14

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.
Day 15

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 transferred 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 cultural adventure that will see you get a pet name
Day 16

Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

You will drive deep southwestern 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 17

The Batwa Heritage trail

This is the highlight of the cultural tour. After 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 means to their traditional life. The forest provided a natural shelter that always provided a refuge for the Batwa in times of danger. You learn their wild honey harvesting means, the traditional medicinal 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 a deep exploration into the Batwa culture that is at stake of fading away. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 18

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.

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