18 Days Uganda Safaris - Responsible Tourism In Uganda: Closer To The People Of Uganda And The Natural Resources

Destination: Uganda



Overview

Introduction This itinerary is unique in the way it gives the travelers an opportunity to experience Uganda not only though its National parks and safaris, but also through the social and cultural background, the people on one side and the aspects of nature and conservation in the other side. By visiting some missions, some social projects, the coffee producers, the pastoralists communities, the Batwa, the tea producers you will have a unique chance to learn and to interact with people. Furthermore, we bring you closer to relevant nature conservation issues like the protection of the chimpanzees, the deforestation versus the protection of forests (Echuya, Bugoma, Budongo and Mabira forests).



Day 1
Entebbe

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight to the hotel.

Overnight at: Boma Hotel/African Rootes Guest House. BB

Day 2
Kampala - Ssezibwa Falls – Mabira Forest

After breakfast, drive along the road to Jinja. Stop over can be made at Ssezibwa Falls, where the legend narrates of the presence of the spirits of the traditional religion, including spirit of water (Mukasa), of hunting (Ddungu), of the rainbow (Musoke) and fertility. Here you will do a guided walk along and around the falls. nIn the afternoon proceed to Mabira Forest, the symbol of the civil battle for the protection of forests in Uganda. Afternoon nature walk in the forest to know more about its huge biodiversity, in terms of trees species, birds, mammals like monkeysnNote: Today drive is about 2 hours, 80 km.

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Mabira Rain Forest Lodge. Full Board

Day 3
Source of the Nile / Sipi Falls

After breakfast, short transfer to Jinja, the capital town of the Basoga, town on the shores of Lake Victoria where you will visit the source of the Nile by canoe. Also you can visit Busoga Kingdom palace in Bugembe and other historical sites. Lunch. In the evening transfer to Mbale and Mount Elgon, the most important region in Uganda for the coffee production, where is cultivated the Bugisu Arabic AA quality, at an altitude of about 2000 meters. Mbale is the capital town of the Bagisu people. Here in even years there are the ritual ceremonies of the circumcisions of the young males in the period between August and DecemberNote: Today drive is about 2 hours, 130 km.

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Mount Elgon Hotel. Full Board

Day 4
Sipi Falls / Bugisu Coffee of Mount Elgon

In the morning visit the panoramic points to see the Sipi Falls of Mount Elgon (Optional: walk to see the Sipi Falls). You will visit the coffee plantations and you experience how the coffee is cultivated, harvested and processed. You work close to the farmers and learn how to pick the coffee. Particularly, we will organize these activities with the support of the Kyagalani Coffee Cooperative of Budadiri, which also owns a coffee factory (if not available, another option will be given).

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Mount Elgon Hotel. Full Board

Day 5
Mbale – Gulu

In the morning your journey proceeds North in the direction of Murchison Falls National Park. Lunch at the restaurant. The road goes through Kumi, Soroti and Lira. nIn the afternoon / evening you arrive in Gulu, the capital town of the Acholi people. nNote: Today drive is about 7 hours, 350 km and there is tarmac road.

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at the Comboni Good Samaritans of Gulu. Full Board

Day 6
Gulu Acholiland

In the morning after breakfast, visit the Comboni projects: the local cooperative of disabled women who work on tailoring and handicraft. We can work together with them and learn about the abilities. Note: today is also possible to organize a special lunch prepared together with the women of the Comboni community in Kirombe as you learn how to cook the typical African food.nGulu is the capital town of the Acholi people. Visit also the historical site of Samuel Baker’s Fort at Patiko, founded in 1872 by Samuel Baker. nVisit Saint Mary Lacor Hospital, one of the most important hospitals in Uganda, which was open by Comboni missionaries and later on supported thanks to the Corti Foundation from Italy.n

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at the Comboni Good Samaritans of Gulu. Full Board

Day 7
Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon game drive to Murchison Falls. Murchison Falls is the biggest national park in Uganda and according to many the most rewarding for photographic safari. In the geology, it is found where river Nile meets the depression of the Albertine Rift Valley by creating a canyon in the rock, the so called Murchison Falls.nNote: Today drive is about 3 hours, 190 km.nn

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Paraa/ Murchison River Lodge (C)/Pakuba Lodge (E). Full Board

Day 8
Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast you will embark on an early morning game drive, explore the savannah in the delta of the Nile on Lake Albert, northern bank. As you view and take memorable photographs of the animals in the wild, you might find elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, very rarely, the leopards. Lunch.nIn the afternoon, you take the boat safari along the river Nile to the base of the magnificent Murchison Falls. It is amazing the concentration of wildlife in the bank of the river Nile, including hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird’s species, like African eagles, pelicans, kingfisher, Egyptian geese and much more. Walk to Top of the Murchison Falls.nNote: Today drive is about 1 hour and halfn

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Budongo Eco-Lodge. Full Board

Day 9
Budongo Forest – Chimpanzee trekking

After breakfast we organize the chimpanzee trekking in the Budongo forest, the largest remaining tropical forest in Uganda with 790 sq km in size and home to a population of endangered chimpanzees. The trekking is an eco-tourist activity which is possible thank to the conservation work done in the past by the Jane Goodall Institute with the National Forestry Authority to protect the forest and the primates. The guide will explain the history of chimpanzee conservation in Uganda and in Budongo. nAfter lunch, meet the local community through Kapega Guide Association to visit local villages.nNote: Today drive is about 1 hour, about 80km.n

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight in Hoima at Hoima Cultural Lodge / Bugoma Jungle Lodge. Full Board

Day 10
Bugoma Forest - Fort Portal

After breakfast, proceed the journey along Lake Albert to Bugoma Forest. This forest with its size of 410 sq km is the habitat of the endangered chimpanzees and Ugandan mangabeys. It is also the site for a conservation effort by Destination Jungle through the Association for the Conservation of Bugoma Forest. You can support the initiative of the “Chimpanzee go!”, a fund raising initiative having the objective to collect funds for reforestation projects of degraded areas and the maintenance of the nursery for indigenous tropical tree species and for the protection of the forest though the private patrol “Chimp T-rap project”. Eco-tourism activities in Bugoma will contribute to reassure the protection of this habitat. Therefore, today we organize a nature walk and the possibility to plant a tree contributing to a better future for this ecosystem.nLunch and the trip continue further South at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in the region of Kasenda Crater Lakes. You arrive at Kluges Farm Guest House in a nice forested environment.nNote: Today journey is a bit long about 5 hours drive.n

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge / Lodge Bellavista. Full Board

Day 11
Fort Portal - Rwenzori

Today you can choose among these activities (one is included): first, visit the coffee production and farmers in the Rwenzori region; second, have a cycling tour in the area of Fort Portal and the crater lakes, visiting panoramic points and meet people on the way (half Day); third, you can have a short walk in the Rwenzori Mountains, along the forested cover and to see the Bakonjo homesteads. Lunch in restaurant or packed lunch according to the organization. nIn the evening, dinner and overnight. nNote: Today transfer is about 2 hours drive, about 100 km of tarmac road. nn

Overnight at: Ihamba Safari Lodge/ Bush Lodge. Full Board

Day 12
Ishasha - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, take a game drive in search for the “tree climbing lions” which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. You might also see herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. After lunch proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Stop over at Kayonza tea factory, where you meet tea farmers and experience tea harvesting and the processing of tea leaves.nNote: Today drive is about 4 hours of murram road.n

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight, Bwindi Jungle Lodge. Full Board

Day 13
Mountain gorilla trekking

In the morning OPTIONAL you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the permits. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and for this you might need the support of available porters. nThe mountain gorilla trekking is an activity directly benefiting the conservation of the endangered gorillas and also benefiting the local communities around Bwindi National Park, as they receive a percentage of the payment through community projects. From the gorilla population census of 2012, Bwindi is reported to have a population of about 400 gorillas.nIn alternative, this day you can do the Nkuringo Walk in the forest between Nkuringo and Buhoma.nIn the evening, we organize a party with the children of Nkuringo Bright Future, having a barbeque and knowing this organization.n

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight, Bwindi Jungle Lodge. Full Board

Day 14
The Batwa walk of Echuya Forest - Kitanga

Today’s activity is the Batwa Trail, a walk into a forested site of Echuya Forest. The objective is to know about the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Batwa Pigmies, the people who inhabited the forest. This project generates incomes to the Batwa community, who become very poor and marginalized after been displaced from the protected areas, helping the education of children and the health of the people. During the walk, you will learn about medicinal plants, visit the traditional hut, experience how they collect honey and also see the traditional dances. Packed lunch.nIn the afternoon proceed to Kitanga Mission, located between Bwindi and Kabale, a beautiful rural areas surrounded by green hills. n

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight in Kitanga Guest House. Full Board

Day 15
The Batwa walk of Echuya Forest - Kitanga

Today’s activity is the Batwa Trail, a walk into a forested site of Echuya Forest. The objective is to know about the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Batwa Pigmies, the people who inhabited the forest. This project generates incomes to the Batwa community, who become very poor and marginalized after been displaced from the protected areas, helping the education of children and the health of the people. During the walk, you will learn about medicinal plants, visit the traditional hut, experience how they collect honey and also see the traditional dances. Packed lunch.nIn the afternoon proceed to Kitanga Mission, located between Bwindi and Kabale, a beautiful rural areas surrounded by green hillsn

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight in Kitanga Guest House. Full Board

Day 16
Kitanga Mission

Kitanga Mission is a good example of how much can be done to improve on the livelihood of rural people when the efforts are well channeled and well managed. You have a chance to talk to the people of the mission. In Kitanga you have the opportunity to spend time with the local rural community and learn more about crop cultivation, rearing of animals and the traditional life of the Bakiga people. You can also visit the Primary School, the Hospital and the Industrial park.

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight in Kitanga Guest House. Full Board

Day 17
Central Uganda Ankole region

After breakfast, leave to the central region of Uganda, the Ankole, where you find the characteristics Ankole cattle and the pastoralists Banyankole. After lunch we organize the encounter with a family, where you will experience the life of a pastoralist, like milking the cows, the production of cheese and ghee, rearing the Ankole cows. nNote: The distance today is about 3 hours drive, about 250 km.nn

Day 18
Entebbe

After breakfast, drive back to Entebbe. Lunch en route. Reserved for departure from Entebbe International Airport. Half BoardnNote: Today drive is about 4 hours, 300 km on tarmac roads.ntn


The price includes:

  • Water on board
  • Eco-tourist activities and nature walks
  • Boat excursions
  • Entrance fees to national parks and photographic safari
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo
  • English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Ground transportation by 4x4 tourist Land Cruiser (or minivan for 6 pax)
  • Full board accommodation excluding drinks
  • Airport transfers

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Accomodation

Boma Hotel

Bwindi Jungle Lodge

Hoima Cultural Lodge