Day 1; Arrival, in Kampala
Your cultural adventure kicks off with your arrival in Kampala, the bustling capital city of Uganda. Upon landing at Entebbe International Airport, a knowledgeable guide will warmly welcome you. Accompany you to your hotel. Take some time in the afternoon to explore the citys captivating landmarks, such as the Uganda National Mosque, Nakasero Market and the Uganda Museum featuring a collection showcasing Ugandas cultural heritage. You’ll indulge in a dinner. Spend a restful night at one of Kampalas esteemed hotels.
Day 2; Kabakas Palace and Kasubi Tombs
Start your day with a breakfast before begining on a tour of the Kabakas Palace, which serves as the official residence for the revered Buganda king. Immerse yourself in captivating stories about the history of the Buganda Kingdom. Next stop is at Kasubi Tombs, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that serves as the resting place for four Buganda kings. In the afternoon be enchanted by music and dance performances at Ndere Cultural Center. This vibrant venue also showcases artistry and crafts from tribes across Uganda.
Day 3; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Fuel up with a breakfast as you begin on an expedition, to southwestern Uganda where you’ll find Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The drive, on this route is absolutely breathtaking and captivating taking you through a range of landscapes that include plantations, rolling hills and charming villages. Throughout the tour your knowledgeable guide will regale you with tales about the regions you pass through.
A delightful stop in Mbarara awaits you for an Ugandan lunch at a restaurant. Here you’ll have the opportunity to savor the famous ‘matoke’ (a type of banana) along with delicious local dishes.
As evening approaches your arrival at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will be nothing of awe inspiring. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its population of mountain gorillas. After settling into your accommodation take some time to relax and prepare yourself for the gorilla trekking experience that awaits you tomorrow. If time permits consider engaging yourself in the community to soak up their culture and traditions.
Dinner will be served at the lodge where you’ll spend the night serenaded by the sounds of Africas jungle.
Day 4; Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Cultural Experience
Prepare yourself for an encounter with Bwindis residents – the magnificent mountain gorillas. After enjoying a breakfast begin on an exciting gorilla trekking expedition led by rangers who possess extensive knowledge, about these incredible creatures behavior and habitats.
Once you locate them you’ll have the opportunity to spend an hour with a gorilla family, an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.
Later in the day you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the Batwa Pygmies, who’re the indigenous people of the forest. During this time you will gain insights into their lifestyle as hunter gatherers and how they coexisted harmoniously with both the forest and its diverse wildlife. The Batwa community will showcase their dances and songs share their hunting techniques and demonstrate how they utilize forest plants to create fire and medicine.
Day 5; Returning to Kampala and Departure
The last day of your safari involves heading to Kampala. If your flight schedule permits there may be some time, for exploring craft markets located in the heart of the city. Here you can browse through a variety of souvenirs such, as crafted jewelry, woven baskets, intricately carved sculptures and vibrant fabrics. Afterward you will be accompanied to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight as your enriching five day Uganda cultural safari comes to an end.