12 Days Cultural safari: Uganda Rwanda Culture and Game Viewing
Kampala City Tour, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bunyonyi Parc de Volcano-Rwanda, Kigali city.
Uganda’s Cultural History
Uganda’s cultural history has made it one of the most visited by tourists. Culture here is rich and dynamic dating from 14th century when the interlucustrine kingdoms were formed. People here are very hospitable and receptive to foreigners. Cultural sites such as Kasubi Tombs , Uganda Museum and
Namugongo martyrs shrines have attracted both local and international tourists.
The scenery is different, the vegetation is different, the climate is different, and, most of all, the People are different from anything elsewhere… in the whole range of Africa”-
Day1: Aiport Transfer and cultural activity
A representative from Travel Hemispheres will meet you at the Airport dinner and overnight Serena Hotel /Sheraton/Hotel Africana or Fairway Hotel or Red Chili in Kampala. Time allowing will be taken to visit the part of the Kabaka’s Trail. May go for traditional dacnce at Bagalayanze or Ndere Cultural center. Or visit the Namungongo shrine where the first christan coverts were burnt alive by the then Buganda King – Kabak Mwanga in 1886. Dinner and overnight.
Day2: City Tour and Proced to Fort Portal/Kibale
Take morning city tour- Kasubi tombs Uganda Museum, bustling Nakasero Market and National theatre crafts center. After lunch drive to Fort Portal and overnight.
Day3: Chimpanzee tracking our relative cousins
Morning track chimps in Kibale Forest National Park. Afternoon time allowing visit local markets if this day falls on market day and other local communities Dinner and overnight.
Day4: Kibale/Fort Portal to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast visit the Toro Palace and other cultural places before driving to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Afternoon game drive to the crater area. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge ,Kasenyi Game Lodge ,Simba Safari lodge, Mweya Hostel.
Day5: Game viewing at Queen Elizabeth Park
Morning take a game drive exploring wild game lion, elephant, buffalo, antelopes and plenty of bird life. Afternoon take Boat cruise on Kazinga channel and overnight.
Day6: Queen Elizabeth to Kabale
Morning game drive looking for variety of wildlife lion, leopard, elephant, hyena or take natural walk in Maragambo forest . After transfer to Kabale to overnight at Acadia cottages/Habuharo lodge /Bunyonyi Resort or Bunyonyi overland camp for budget facility. Time allowing visit some Bakiga cultura cites
Day7: Bunyonyi to Rwanda
Morning Boat ride on scenic Lake Bunyonyi, visit some communnity/cultural activities of Bakiga,iron smith, thereafter proceed to Rwanda via Kisoro to Ruhengeri dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorilla Nest Lodge or Kinigi Guest House.
Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
After breakfast, track gorillas in Park de volcanoes you will receive a briefing from the local guides and then it’s off for gorilla adventure. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of these great primates. The thrill of meeting them face-to-face takes away the pain of the long and arduous trek. Trail back to the camp to recount your experiences in the forest. Dinner and overnight
Day9: Ruhengeri to Kigali and Genocide Memorial cites
Drive to Kigali , Visit genocide sites and other cultural sites in Kigali highlights. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Mill Collins or Hotel Chezlando or Hotel Okapi.
Day10: Kigali – Mbarara
After breakfast drive to back to Uganda crossing through Katuna and drive to Igongo cultural center in Mbarara ,Lunch check in at Igongo Country Hotel. Afternoon visit the museum and the surrounding areas with guide while story telling about the Banyankole culture .Time allowing visit Banyankole homestead. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day11: Banyankole Cultural sites- Kampala
After breakfast visit cultural sites in Mbarara the Banyankole former Omugabe Kingdom shrines. If time allows visit another Banyankore homestead and learn their culture. Or visit women groups and orphange homes. After lunch proceed Kampala stopping at equator- experience stand in 2 hemispheres at ago f, take lifetime photographs ,stop at Mpambire crafts point a drum making area. Arrive in Kampala in the evening and overnight.
Day12: Craft Centers in Kampala and Airport
If time allows visit different craft shopping center for souvenir and proceed to the airport for your home bound flight.
End of safari.
The Safari Cost Includes:
- Airport transfers on arrival and on day 12- last day
- Visit to Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bunyonyi and Rwanda
- 1 Gorilla permit per person – Rwanda
- 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
- 11 nights accommodation and meals at full board
- visit to Kigali town