This 8 day Uganda culture and gorilla safari will offer you two incredible experiences in Uganda including Gorilla trek & community engagement. After this experience, you will visit a community to experience the life for locals in their community and remnants of the cultural practices.
Day 1: Arrival at the Airport.
On arrival at the airport, you are welcomed by our guide and transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Kampala – Transfer to Bwindi
We start journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park the home of the ‘gentle giants of Bwindi’. This fulfilling journey takes us through the Kigezi highlands with great scenery of terraced hills. You will stop in Mbarara for lunch before proceeding to your lodge next to the impenetrable forest to rest as you prepare for the next day’s trek.
Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you will enjoy the fullness of the impenetrable forest abounding with life, host to species of birds, butterflies, primates, mammals. After an early breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing area where you will receive instruction on your gorilla trekking experience.
After the briefing, you will be allocated a group with a ranger ready to lead you into the forest. With help of your guide and park ranger, you will find yourself face to face with the enormous and rare mountain gorillas. The trekking experience takes anything from on hour (rarely) to about 6 hours to accomplish depending on the gorilla group you have been allocated and where they nested the previous night. Suggested activities for those not interested in gorilla tracking is a community village walk or short guided forest walk.
Day 4: Bwindi Cultural Trail & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
The best way to understand, appreciate, and enjoy nature is through interacting with the people that co-exist with it, who contribute greatly to its conservation. After breakfast, we shall follow one of the cultural trails by the communities co-existing with the gorillas. Be ready to learn a new skill and participate in the day-to-day lives of these people.
Lunch will be the community after which we depart for Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon. Lake Bunyonyi is a beautiful lake with various stories to learn about the place.
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi – Transfer to Ankole cultural tour
Lake Bunyonyi is known as the place of ‘many little birds’, this is the translation from the local Rukiga language. Today we will spend some time on the lake touring and learning more about the different Islands with a rich history of how some were used a damping ground of lepers and another known as ‘punishment island’ the place where young pregnant girls were left to die for conceiving before marriage.
Have a tour of some of Lake Bunyonyi’s 29 Islands; engage in a cultural activity at an Island where you will have lunch with the community. After lunch we will start the journey to Ankole where we will be travelling to a rural homestead, to experience their traditional way of living. Enjoy the rolling hills in the countryside of the Ankole Kingdom.
Day 6: Traditional Homestead Experiences
You will spend the night with a family in this community. You will arise very early in the morning before daybreak and join the herdsman with milking the long horned Ankole cows, this is done before the cows are set off for the day. After this experience of milking and learning the tradition surrounding milking cows, we return home for breakfast.
We will take a take a short walk to the village visiting more homes and different stops for great views. Experience the lifestyle of these people, food, and other native habits. The trail leads through undulating hills that overlook the village.
Day 7: Depart to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast with our host family, we depart to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover at Igongo cultural Museum which tells of the history of the Ankore Kingdom. Lake Mburo is the smallest Savannah Park in Uganda.
We arrive at our lodge and take an afternoon boat trip on Lake Mburo – where we are likely to see Hippos, Crocodiles, Zebras, and Buffaloes. The park has amazing bird life which you will enjoy while on the boat.
After the boat ride, you have an option of a nature walk in the park with an armed ranger guide for close experience with the animals. Stay at Mihingo Lodge (Up Market), Rwakobo Rock (Mid-range) and Eagles Nest (Budget).
Day 8: Transfer to Entebbe for departure
Depart from Lake Mburo after a short morning game drive. Enjoy the magnificent view on a journey back to Kampala. We shall have stopover at Equator for lunch. Arrive at Entebbe Airport for return flight or overnight at a Hotel in Entebbe.
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