AVU014 – UGANDA CULTURAL SAFARI (10 DAYS)

This safari starts at Kibale forest National park a home of man’s closest relatives the chimps. A glimpse of these creatures will leave you breathless, and with wonderful memories to carry back home. You will continue to Karambi royal tombs, a cultural site were the royal kings of Tororo were buried. From which you will continue to Semuliki National Park, which is known as the Garden of eden because of its magnificent view of River Semuliki meandering to Lake Albert, it’s local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris – the inhabitants are very hospitable, welcoming and very entertaining. Later you will tanfer to Jinja for a city tour and as you en route you will visit the Namugongo shrine, Mabira forest, the Buganda heritage sites, the museum and Kabaka’s lake the only man made lake in Africa.

Tour Highlights
Day 1: Airport Transfer
Day 2: Kampala – Western Uganda
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest
Day 4: Travel to Karambi Royal Tombs
Day 5: Transfer to Semuliki Park National
Day 6: Community Walk – Semuliki National Park
Day 7: Semuliki – Kampala
Day 8: Namugongo & Jinja City Tour
Day 9: Buganda Cultural Tour
Day 10: Kampala Cultural Tour

DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY:
Day 1: Airport Transfer
On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide from Abacus African Vacations who will then transfer you to the Hotel for an overnight.
Accommodation: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range)
The Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Half Board (Bed and Breakfast)
Travel Time: About 7 Hours

Day 2: Kampala – Western Uganda
Have an early breakfast and embark on the journey to western Uganda through Mubende having lunch en route. The route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightful rolling tea plantations, arriving at Fort Portal in the evening.
Accommodation: Ndari Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),
Primates Lodge (Mid-range)
Chimps Nest (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: About 7 Hours

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest
After a good breakfast, you are off to Kibale Forest National Park with its families of habituated Chimpanzees – its home to an astonishing 12 species of Primate and provides on of the highest Primates densities in the world! Here on a guided walk, you may find families of Chimps and Red Colobus Monkeys.

Later you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organization formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. You will be taken on a guided walk around the swamp, which is home to approximately 137 bird species including the Snowy Headed Robin Cat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of Weavers, Warblers, Greenbuls and Sunbirds. There’s also an abundance of Butterflies. It’s also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus.
Accommodation: Ndari Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),
Primates Lodge (Mid-range)
Chimps Nest (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Travel to Karambi Royal Tombs
After an early breakfast, you’ll leave for Fort portal to visit the Kings Royal tombs and various cultural groups including the Burungu community which is rooted in Traditional Toro culture that will entertain you with music, dancing and story telling. Spend the whole day with the local community and on village walks/tours returning to the lodge in the evening.

Accommodation: Ndari Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),
Primates Lodge (Mid-range)
Chimps Nest (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: About 2 Hours

Day 5: Tranfer to Semuliki National Park Tour
An early departure – but well worth it! You are on your way to Semliki Valley Wild Life Reserve. This valley is known as the “Garden of Eden” and has a magnificent view of the River Semliki meandering to Lake Albert. You will stop to visit a local farmer and have a tour of his farm then take a picnic lunch at the hot water springs. Spend the evening on a forest walk in the tropical Rain Forest of Semliki Wildlife Reserve. This evening you’ll dine and stay at the Semliki Safari Lodge. This is a high-end, low impact safari lodge set amid 550 square Kms of game reserve. All rooms with private facilities.

Accommodation: Semuliki Safari Lodge (Luxury),
Mountains of the Moon (Mid-range)
Rwenzori view guest house (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: About 5 hours

Day 6: Local Community Tour
After breakfast, you’ll experience a day of real discovery. You’ll visit a local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris – the inhabitants are looking forward to welcoming and entertaining you. After touring the area, you’ll visit the local Witch Doctor at his home, take a long lunch at the Kamugha Rest House and enjoy entertainment provided by the Bakonjo and Batoro (if available), before visiting the local women’s group creating artifacts to provide for the community.

Accommodation: Semuliki Safari Lodge (Luxury),
Mountains of the Moon (Mid-range)
Rwenzori view guest house (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Semuliki – Kampala
This morning, you will have a morning game drive and later depart for Kampala having lunch on the way and arriving in the early evening.

Accommodation: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range)
The Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Half Board (Bed and Breakfast)
Travel Time: About 6 Hours

Day 8 Namugongo & Jinja City Tour
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to Jinja. You will have a stop over at the Biblical site (Namugongo Martyrs shrine), Ssezibwa falls and if possible we will also have a quick stop at Mabira forest for those who love bird watching.

It will take you about 3 hours to get to the Source of the Nile due to the various stops. Explore the Nile and later drive up to Jinja Nile resort hotel for a hearty buffet lunch. Relax at the hotel and have a quick swim if desired, before driving to the Spectacular Bujagali Falls. With the biggest rafts on the river, you will see how those who are rafting are able to safely conquer the most challenging rapids, watch the local fishermen and the fantastic bird life. We may later go for a brief tour around Jinja town to have a look at those old beautiful colonial buildings.

Accommodation: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range)
The Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Half Board (Bed and Breakfast)
Travel Time: About 1 1/2 Hours

Day 9: Buganda Cultural Tour
This morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel around 8.00am and drive through Uganda’s capital city Kampala, to Nakawuka a small village in Mpigi District. This is a unique journey in to the history of Uganda.

You will meet local people and experience a rich and authentic culture, learn about the forgotten times and come face to face with the ancient traditions. Much more than just sight seeing, the local people will entertain you with cultural dancing, music, craft making and story telling. Have lunch and thereafter continue to another village to see a different lifestyle of the Ugandan community. In your visit to the villages, you may also be able to tour the Katereke Prison, which tells the story of a violent and brutal episode in the Buganda history.
Nagalabi Colonial Site and many others. In the late evening your guide will drive you back to the hotel and you will still see many surprises en route.

Accommodation: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range)
The Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Half Board (Bed and Breakfast)
Travel Time: About 2 Hours

Day 10: Kampala Cultural Tour
Go and visit the Kasubi tombs, the king’s palace, the museum, the kings man made lake etc before transferring to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Meal Plan: Half Board (Bed and Breakfast)
Travel Time: About 2 Hours
END OF UGANDA CULTURAL SAFARI (10 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

• Park Entrance fee
• Chimps permit
• Boat ride
• Entrance fees to the cultural sites
• Bigodi Nature walk
• Park Ranger Fees.
• Relevant Government Taxes.
• Full Board Accommodation (9 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
• Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
• Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
• Airport transfer as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:
• Air Fares
• Visa Fees
• Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

Extra Services:
Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),
Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)
The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range -USD 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)