10 days culture – wildlife – primate trip to western Uganda

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18 Days, 17 Nights
Tour Details

10 DAYS CULTURE PRIMATE & WILDLIFE TRIP

Tour Details

DESTINATION: WESTERN UGANDA (KABAROLE- FORTPORTAL- KIBALE FOREST NP, KASESE, QUEEN ELIZABETH NP, L. MBURO NP)

OVERVIEW

This Western Ugandan Cultural trip takes you to Culture of Batooro in Fort portal and Kabarole District, Bakonjo of Kasese District and Banyankole in Kiruhura District. This trip is blended with Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda’s Primate Capital of Kibaale Forest National Park- the park has 13 species of primates, Bird watching, Cultural Trails, Over 50 Crater Lakes.  Wildlife adventure in Uganda’s most popular and visited Park- Queen Elizabeth National Park which offers game drives, boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, Bird watching, Salt mining on Lake Katwe, the Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha sector and the Kasenyi fishing village. Queen Elizabeth NP has 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. Then L. Mburo NP with a great story of the two brothers that led to its formation, its Uganda’s smallest Savannah Park and it’s the only one with Impalas and Elands in Uganda. This park has 13 communities which makes it suitable for a great Cultural experience, Bird watching, Nature guided walks, Fishing in the Lake, Boat cruise, Salt Lick, Wild Safaris, Horseback riding, Bicycle tours, over 313 bird species, 69 mammal species and 6 fish species in the lake.

Come join us in discovering some of the Unique Cultures of Western Uganda like never before and make us a part of best memories.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Nakayima Historical/Cultural tree shrine
  • Batooro Culture Experience
  • Tooro Palace Tour
  • Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru caves
  • Hike to 3 Crater lakes
  • Bakonjo Culture Experience
  • Hike to the two water falls
  • Scenery view of Kasese Plains & Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Game drives & Boat Cruises
  • Salt mining experience
  • Banyankole Experience
  • Milking Experience
  • Equator Experience

 

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1 Transfer to Fort portal/ Kibaale Forest

Early morning, the City is already astir, after your breakfast you shall proceed on a 310 kilometres drive to Fort portal/Kibaale National Park via the Kampala-Mubende-Fort portal highway. En-route observe nature offerings, the pointing adjacent hill with tea plantations, the grazing local herds of cattle, different town suburbs with locals selling off their merchandise and so much more. We shall pass by Nakayima Tree Shrine

Later, you will proceed with journey to Fort portal and have lunch. After your lunch, we head for the Tooro Palace tour where we shall learn about the rich history of Batooro and the far they have come.

On our way to the Lodge, we take a visit to Kabundaire Market in Fort Portal. After we check in, refresh, relax as we wait for dinner

Destination: Kibaale Forest National Park/ Fort Portal

Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options

Budget: Jungle Lodge Kibaale/ Lake Nkuruba Camp Site

Mid-range: Kibaale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Guest House

Luxury: Kyaninga Safari Lodge/ Papaya Lake Lodge.  

DAY 2: Homestead experience at Engabu Za Tooro & Amabeere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves.

After breakfast, we drive out and head to Engabu za Tooro, this will give us experiences with women groups and youth taking out different economic activities like craft designs and talent development by the vulnerable youth. We shall engage with the women in the process and procedure of what they do. We shall also head to the gardens for food harvest, preparation and service, so we shall have a traditional meal and end up with the traditional dance performance

In the after, we transfer to visit Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves which is a great historical and cultural site, the Amabere caves will give you an exhilarating experience and the trail leading to the water falls near the caves that form a pond of very clean water.

Beyond the Amabere caves are the explosion crater lakes, so we proceed to explore the 3 crater lakes and a hike to Kyeganwa hill gives a beautiful scenery.

There after we head back to the lodge, refresh and relax as we wait for dinner.

Destination: Kibaale Forest National Park/ Fort Portal

Meal plan: Full board

Accommodation Options

Budget: Jungle Lodge Kibaale/ Lake Nkuruba Camp Site

Mid-range: Kibaale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Guest House

Luxury: Kyaninga Safari Lodge/ Papaya Lake Lodge.  

 

 

DAY 3 Chimpanzee trekking and Community walk

After an early breakfast, we drive to the UWA offices for a briefing about chimpanzee tracking and there we shall find other groups going for the same activity. Here we shall be led by UWA rangers in small groups of 8pax maximum and this tracking normally takes 3-4 hours and you will have an up- close and personal interaction with the chips for a maximum of one hour. Afterwards, we shall head back to our lodge for lunch and refreshment.

In the afternoon, we move out for the community walks, be fully immersed in the ways of the Batooro people. We shall have the banana beer brewery experience, from harvesting the bananas to the ready beer. There after we proceed to the coffee tours experience from planting coffee seedlings in the garden to the cup of coffee on the table. This will be a participatory experience and the activities are: coffee planting, harvesting coffee beans, drying, cleaning, sorting, roasting, grinding and making a cup of coffee.  We shall crown the day with the traditional dance of the Batooro after which we get back to our lodge for relaxation, refreshment, dinner and overnight stay.

Destination: Kibaale Forest National Park/ Fort Portal

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options

Budget: Jungle Lodge Kibaale/ Lake Nkuruba Camp Site

Mid-range: Kibaale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Guest House

Luxury: Kyaninga Safari Lodge/ Papaya Lake Lodge. 

DAY 4: Transfer to Kasese for the Bakonjo Community

After breakfast, we check out and drive to Kasese. On arrival, we check in at the Kinyamwirima camp and then trek for about 9KM and it comes with various perks like the beautiful and exhilarating view sceneries, livelihoods of the people of the area as depicted by their trading centres banana and coffee plantations and also have an opportunity to interact and getting close to the Bakonzo people and their ways of life. This view gives us an exceptional view of Kasese plains and Queen Elizabeth National park. We shall have lunch at the camp.

After lunch, we enjoy some traditional treats such as traditional dance of the Bakonzo, storytelling which is part and parcel of the community way of life, visiting the Williams waterfalls and just getting a full blown experience of how these people get accustomed to their rugged yet beautiful terrain.

 Destination: Kasese

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options: Kinyamwirima Camp

 DAY 5: Kameli Home/ Babinga Cultural Site

You wake up to a sumptuous breakfast and terrific glimpse of the sunrise, check out and we move straight to the Kameli Home known as the Babinga cultural site where you will experience the wonderful Bakonzo culture, then trail to Rukoki village via Bamboo forests and having an encounter with several plants and their cultural essence. This trail offers encounter with local wildlife like blue monkeys, three horned chameleon and various insect species.

Have lunch at Kameli home and there after hike Kameli Hill, afterwards descend to William camp for camp fire and an overnight.

Destination: Kasese

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options: William Camp

DAY 6: Cocoa Visits and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

We shall have breakfast, check out and proceed to the Cocoa tours after which we drive to Queen Elizabeth NP. We check in our lodge, relax as we wait for lunch. After lunch we go to explore the salt production by locals on Lake Katwe. And after that we proceed to one of the communities in the park, Kasenyi Fishing village for cultural experience and interactions with the local community. Return to the lodge, refresh, relax and wait for dinner.

Destination: Queen Elizabeth NP

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options

Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Bush Lodge

Mid-range: Twin Lake Safari Lodge/ Elephant Hab Lodge

Luxury: Elephant Plains Game Lodge/ Mweya Safari Lodge. 

DAY 7: Morning game drive and Boat cruise.

We have our breakfast and by 6:30am we are at the Kasenyi gate for registration and there after we start our game drive on the Northern side of the park in the Kasenyi plains. This game drive will offer to us 4 (four) of the BIG FIVE that is: Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffaloes but also different bird species, large schools of hippos, waterbucks and the Uganda Kob. The game drive will take 3-4 hours after which we go back to the lodge for lunch and get ready for an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and there after we head to the lodge for relaxation and refreshment as we wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Destination: Queen Elizabeth NP

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options

Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Bush Lodge

Mid-range: Twin Lake Safari Lodge/ Elephant Hub Lodge

Luxury: Elephant Plains Game Lodge/ Mweya Safari Lodge. 

DAY 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, we head to Uganda’s smallest Savannah park which is an Epicentre of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Bunyonyi, Mgahinga Gorilla NP and Rwanda Boarders. Here there is a variety of activities like Biking and Walking Safaris, Game drives, Bird watching, Horseback safaris, Mountain biking and the Salt lick walk.  On arrival, we check in relax in await for lunch and there after head out for a Boat cruise, then crown it with an evening game drive through the park. Get back to the lodge, refresh and have dinner. 

Destination: Lake Mburo NP

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options

Budget: Mburo Eagle’s Nest/ Leopard Rest Camp

Mid-range: Rwaboko Rock/ Arcadia Lodge L. Mburo

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/ Mburo Safari Lodge. 

DAY 9: Moving to the Banyankole Community

We shall wake up early morning and go to the Ankole community to experience how they wrap their lives around animal farming and making products out of milk. We shall go and have a milking experience, take on the turning process (ghee formation), making eshabwe (local mayonnaise), cleaning of pots and Milking of cows. We shall make breakfast and lunch with the community people. We shall graze the animals too then end with a traditional dance, this so energetic, joyful and yet very graceful. There after we go back to the lodge for refreshment and relaxation as we wait for dinner.

Destination: Lake Mburo NP

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation Options

Budget: Mburo Eagle’s Nest/ Leopard Rest Camp

Mid-range: Rwakobo Rock/ Arcadia Lodge Lake Mburo

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/ Mburo Safari Lodge. ss

 DAY 10: Game drive, checkout & transfer to Kampala

After breakfast, we head out for either  a morning game drive or walking/ nature walk safari, there after we checkout and transfer to Kampala. We shall a stopover for the Equator experience in Kayabwe and lunch.

Destination: Kampala/ Entebbe International Airport

 Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

END OF TRIP, THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING CALSAAR SAFARIS UGANDA

General Notes

  1. Above Quotation includes Group discounts and quoted rate is strictly only valid for Group size mentioned, more or less PAX on request.
  2. Private Safaris Management reserves the right to change the program and schedule according to prevailing weather conditions.
  3. This proposal cost is subject to change due to unforeseeable changes in fuel and other levies.
  4. Suggested accommodation may be changed to similar depending on availability at the time of booking.
  5. All accommodation is based on standard room category if not mentioned otherwise.
  6. Government taxes/levies and national park related fees.

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