15 DAYS CULTURE AND WILDLIFE SAFARI, From USD 1440Uganda
15 DAYS CULTURE AND WILDLIFE SAFARI
This 15 days’ adventure is ideal for anyone interested in learning about the local people’s way of living alongside wildlife viewing, and primate tracking. You take part in various local activities before embarking on the journey to the wilderness to experience wildlife.
Day 1 Arrival
On your arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be met by your tour leader/guide for transfer to your accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala. He will then brief you about your whole tour.
Day 2 Kampala City tour
You wake up at leisure and then have breakfast before starting your Kampala city tour. This tour leads you the local famous St Balikuddembe Market (Owino), Kampala city center, the Uganda museum, Kasubi Royal Tombs and Uganda Martrys’ Shrine Namugongo. In the evening, you may opt to go to the National Theatre to watch a local performance.
Day 3 Transfer to Masaka town
We wake up for breakfast and embark on our journey to Masaka. On our way there, we have a stop at the Equator village (Kayabwe) for taking photos. The equator is the imaginary line marked 00 on the globe and divides the world into the northern and southern Hemisphere. We arrive at Masaka in time for lunch. We are to have an evening walk around this town and then relax at our accommodation.
Day 4 Visit a local school
After breakfast, we visit either a local primary school or secondary school. Here you can take part in class lessons of your choice or help give a lesson of your choice to the children in their free time. Be ready to associate with the school children or students. If you visit a secondary school, you may opt to take part in evening games (volley ball and soccer). We then move back to our lodge for evening accommodation.
Day 5 Visit a local community
On this day, we visit a local village to know how the locals of the area live. Most of them are farmers and use traditional methods to cultivate which you are to learn about. We visit some families and take part in preparing a local meal (matoke). We then check back to our accommodation for overnight.
Day 6 Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
We wake up for early breakfast and then embark on a journey to Lake Mburo National Park. Expect to see the long horned cattle/Ankore cattle on your way there. We arrive in time for afternoon boat trip on Lake Mburo which gives us a platform to see various bird species such as the rare shoe bill stalk, herons, African fish eagles, cormorants, cattle egrets and so on. Animals to see include zebras, giraffes, oribis, crocodiles, warthogs, buffaloes and so on. Having had lunch, we have an evening game drive to search for more game.
Day 7 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
We wake up for early breakfast and embark on a morning game drive to search for more game. We then continue with our journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We arrive in time for lunch and later visit the Katwe salt lake. . This lake has been in existence since the 16th century and is responsible for survival of people leaving in the Katwe village. You will learn about how salt is extracted from the salt pans and made ready for consumption. We then check in our lodge for evening accommodation.
Day 8 Game drives and boat trip
We wake up early for a morning game drive to search for the early risers. This is the best time to spot predators such as lions, leopards and the spotted hyena. We then drive back to our lodge for late breakfast. We then go for a boat trip on the Kazinga channel which is also known as center of ecology. This will give you a platform to see a number of bird species and other wildlife. This water stream joins lakes Edward and George and is said to have the largest concentration of hippos in the world. You shall then have some rest at the Mweya peninsula before going for an evening game drive to see more animals. You then drive to your lodge for evening accommodation. Our game drive will start in Kabatoro where we are to see large herds of elephants, buffaloes, hippos and many antelopes.
Day 9 Transfer to Kibale Forest
We have breakfast and embark on the journey to Kibale Forest. Be ready to pass tea plantations and other beautiful sceneries on your way to the forest. This evening, we visit the Top of the world and the crater lakes.
Day 10 Chimpanzee tracking
This morning, you wake up early and after a mighty breakfast, your guide leads you to the park headquarters from where you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee tracking. You then move into the jungle with your packed lunch and of course with a tracking expert from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. This may last for between 45 minutes and 6 hours depending on where you will find the chimps. Having met them, you will be given a full hour with them. This is a lifetime experience and is likely to be one of the highlights of your safari.
Day 11 Top of the world/Crater lakes and Bigodi swamp walk
We have a leisure breakfast and then go for Bigodi swamp walk. This is a good spot for birders so binoculars should be at use. We then have lunch and visit the Top of the world, and end our day by hiking to the crater lakes near Kibale Forest.
Day 12 Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Having had breakfast, we embark on the journey to Kabale where we find the deepest lake in Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is also known as the Lake of little birds. You are free to have a swim since this lake has been proven Bilharzia free. The rest is your free time.
Day 13 Canoeing and visit a Batwa community.
We begin our day with breakfast and then canoe around lake Bunyonyi. You also visit the legendary islands on the lake such as punishment island where Bakiga un married pregnant girls would be abandoned by their family. They would either starve to death or drown in trying to swim to the mainland since few were good at swimming by those days. This would sometimes be used as an opportunity by fisher men or poor men who could not afford the regular bride price to get women. In the evening, you have an option to visit the Batwa community. This is one of the endangered species of people today. They are mainly fruit gatherers and occupy forest areas.
Day 14 (Optional) Transfer to Bwindi or Kisoro
Very early in the morning, you will be transferred to either Bwindi impenetrable Forest or Kisoro into Mgahinga Gorilla Park depending on which activity you are interested in. In Bwindi forest, you track mountain gorillas and will be allowed a full hour with them after walking for about one to six hours. This is one of the most over whelming experiences on earth. To know more, please read about gorilla tracking. In Mgahinga, you either do golden monkey tracking or hike one of the three volcanoes which include; Mountain Gahinga which takes six hours to ascend and descend, Mountain Muhavura takes about eight hours whereas Mountain Sabinyo takes about eight hours.
However most of our clients prefer hiking Mountain Sabinyo because it is shared by three countries, Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. At the summit of the and final peak, you can put your right hand in Uganda, left hand in Congo one foot in Rwanda and the other in no man’s land. It is suitable for those who are not afraid of heights. For golden monkey tracking, you may walk for one to six hour depending on where the monkey will be onthat day. They are normally not hard to find. Having encountered them, you will spend a full hour with them.
Day 15 Transfer to Kampala or Entebbe.
On this day we embark on a long journey to Kampala or Entebbe to catch our flights hence end of service. Travel Time – Approx. 9Hrs Meal plan – Breakfast and lunch Accommodation – Not included
Included in the cost are;
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Note that weather at Bwindi and Kibale is un predictable, it can rain at any time. A flying Air Balloon Safari in Queen Elizabeth can be arranged on request. (US Dollars 380 per person) To confirm this tour, please make a 1/3 deposit of the quoted price. The remaining balance can be settled a day before your safari. We shall reserve your chimpanzee and gorilla permits within two working days and send you scanned copies and the necessary receipts. Booking the accommodation can take up to five working days. We let you know the confirmed accommodation immediately after booking.
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