Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park are the last original habitats of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, also known as the Uganda giraffe. Want to see birds of prey? Kidepo hosts more than 50 species. From the very common yellow-billed kite, the pygmy falcon, fox kestrel and tawny eagle to the rare Verreaux’s eagle and the very rare Taita falcon. Several vulture species can be seen too.
On mammals, large herds of African buffalo and bush elephant can be seen easily in Kidepo. With a little luck you will see lions and maybe cheetah. During the game drive to the hot springs of Kanangorok ostriches can be observed in the northern part of the park.
After visiting a Karamojong village you will drive to one of the oldest national parks of Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park. During game drives you will watch the abundant wildlife of this beautiful savannah park. See oribis, bush elephants, Ugandan kobs, lions and maybe leopard and spotted hyena. Many bird species can be seen, especially during the boat trip to the Murchison Falls. Some energy left? Hike to the top of the falls and enjoy a stunning view over the park. And don’t worry. Your driver/guide is waiting there for you with the car.
And last but not least visit the critically endangered white rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on your way back to Kampala. A trip you will never forget.
Visit Kibale Forest to observe wild chimpanzees during an exciting chimp walk.
Look for the unique Uganda kob at Queen Elizabeth National Park and sail on the Kazinga Channel to watch abundant wildlife.
And last but not least, meet a mountain gorilla family during gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Visit the reintroduced white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Have an early morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park to find the rare Rothschild’s giraffe and the fastest monkey in Africa, the patas monkey. Relax during an afternoon boat trip to the mighty Murchison Falls. Enjoy a walk through Bigodi Swamp and see wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest during an exciting chimp walk. Observe African fish eagles during the Kazinga Channel boat trip and look for the seldom seen giant forest hog and leopard while having a game drive in the late afternoon in Queen Elizabeth NP. Have a unique close encounter with mountain gorillas during gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and climb the three peaks of Mount Sabinyo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Visit the last mountain gorillas in the overwhelming afro-montane forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and spend an extra day exploring beautiful Kisoro and surroundings. Climb for example on the inactive volcano Mount Muhavura, have a game walk to look for the rare golden monkeys or just relax and have a cup of coffee in the garden of Travellers Rest, the place where Schaller and Fossey used to relax too.
Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. The rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. Porters are available to carry clients' belongings. Bwindi is rich in other primates, including chimpanzee and blue monkey. Butterflies are the most conspicuous of the rich insect fauna of the park, with more than 200 species. There is a large variety of trees, dense undergrowth, an extensive stand of bamboo and a number of swamps. With this safari, we visit two national parks i.e. Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. The rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. Porters are available to carry clients' belongings. Bwindi is rich in other primates, including chimpanzee and blue monkey. Butterflies are the most conspicuous of the rich insect fauna of the park, with more than 200 species.
Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. Different from Bwindi, this one requires a lot of hiking when trekking gorillas. Therefore, having good hiking shoes, enough water and rain jacket is necessary.
Traverse and see Uganda at its best as you go into her communities. Work and live with them, hear their stories and share skills and moments with local communities. Involve yourself in the routine activities of these families like; cooking, agriculture etc. In addition, you will get a chance to participate in community farm tours where you participate in cultivation activities like how to plant matoke take care of it and how to harvest it, visiting pineapple gardens and eating them as a tour guide tells a story. Learning how to make local beer and testing it, learning how to ride bodaboda and some bodaboda tours.
This safari is a seven day experience
This is a satisfying vacation which gives a tourist an opportunity to get closer to nature and social ways of life of the local people in a given setting with the aim of improving their livelihoods through voluntary work. It is a fulfilling experience with tourists willing to make their holidays more meaningful by volunteering for social services at the destination. We offer you a chance to volunteer in education like, teaching at the school (teaching computer skills, Germany, English, French, carpentry, and about environment protection. Community outreach programs where volunteers give away some basic necessities to underprivileged kids and families in form of food stuffs, clothes, shoes, books, pens, mosquito nets among others. We also offer Internship and research assistance programs to student volunteers that would like to conduct research in Uganda relating to local communities, climate change and many other disciplines. Volunteer tourism directly caters for the needs of the communities.
Volunteer tourism means to experience a soft way of tourism and to live respectfully on the same level
with the habitants in each region to have the opportunity to get closer to nature, culture and habits
of the locals in a given setting with the aim to improve their livelihoods. This should be realized by
voluntary work, exchange of ideas and a lot of communication. It is a fulfilling experience with tourists
willing to make their holidays more meaningful by volunteering for social services at the destination.
We offer you a chance to volunteer in the field of education (teaching at school: computer skills; language skills: English, French, German; carpentry and talking about environment protection as well as climate change. We also offer community outreach programs where volunteers can donate some basic necessities for underprivileged kids and families in form of food, clothes, shoes, books, school material, mosquito nets and everything else that can be needed. In future and as soon as possible we also want to offer internships and research assistance programs for volunteer-students, that would like to conduct research in Uganda relating to local communities, agriculture, economy, climate change and many other disciplines. Volunteer tourism directly caters for the needs of the communities.
Day 1 Travelling from Kampala, visiting Sezibwa falls enroute to appreciate the magnificent falls.
Visiting the source of the world’s longest river and later drive to Sipi falls, sleeping at Crow’s Nest. Day 2 Having a morning breakfast and later start the hiking and exploration of the falls. The activity can take close 3-5 hours depending on the speed. Carrying enough water is required. In the afternoon, a coffee tour in the community is possible. Day 3, driving back to Kampala.
Kibale Forest has the highest number of primates in Africa -
thirteen species in all, including red, black and white colobus,
blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees.
A forest walk provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing the vast number of chimps and other primates playing and jumping around through the forest.
With over 300 bird species recorded in the forest, Kibale boasts of many rewarding experiences not thought of in some other forests of Africa. An excursion to Bigodi wetland gives the opportunity of seeing the unusual birds, chimps, baboons, monkeys and other primates which live around the swamp. Money paid for Bigodi goes directly to the local communities to encourage conservation.
On this tour, do chimpanzee trekking in kibale Forest, see various species of birds including the black bee-eater, many species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and flamingos, Open-billed Stork, Grey-crowned Crane, Walberg’s Eagle, Palm-nut Vulture, Black and White Casqued, Cuckoo Hawk, Bat Hawk, White-faced Scops Owl, African Grey and Brown Parrots, Red-faced Lovebird, among others. Visit Bigodi Wetland that is managed by a local community association called (KAFRED).
There are also a good number of snakes like the Puff adders etc.
Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park are the last original habitats of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, also known as the Uganda giraffe. Want to see birds of prey? Kidepo hosts more than 50 species. From the very common yellow-billed kite, the pygmy falcon, fox kestrel and tawny eagle to the rare Verreaux’s eagle and the very rare Taita falcon. Several vulture species can be seen too. On mammals, large herds of African buffalo and bush elephant can be seen easily in Kidepo. With a little luck you will see lions and maybe cheetah. During the game drive to the hot springs of Kanangorok ostriches can be observed in the northern part of the park. After visiting a Karamojong village you will drive to one of the oldest national parks of Uganda,
CULTURAL EXCURSION IN KAMPALA
The city tour includes excursions to Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, Local markets – Owino Market & Nakasero Market, Rubaga Hill, Namirembe Hill, the Kings Lake to mention but a few. After breakfast we will pick you up from a hotel of your choice in either Kampala or Entebbe, explore the seven hills of Kampala (popularly known as Rome of Uganda) plus the rest of Kampala. We start our excursion with the Buganda Kingdom palace in Mengo, we move along the Royal mile (a road with two long drums) to the Buganda parliament. We later move to Gaddafi Mosque to view the Kampala city at glance. Later in the day, we move to the oldest university in Uganda (Makerere university), from there we move to the Uganda museum where we do a picnic lunch.
After then we visit Ndere centre for a live show (Friday) where we are entertained in cultural dances for different tribes in Uganda.
Here below is brief information on some of the places we will be visiting:
The Uganda Museum
A display of Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a vivid reminder of the country’s colorful past. The Uganda Museum (founded in 1908) in Kampala has exhibits of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history. It regularly presents performances of traditional music.
The place where fallen kings of Buganda Kingdom are buried. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of hillside within Kampala district. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials, principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. The site’s main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.
At the noon of Saturday, January, 1895, the right Reverand Mckay advised the then Kabaka of Buganda to establish the first market in the Lubiri (palace). In 1905 the market moved to Kabugube and this was a temporary structure. Here you can find a variety of huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, mostly indigenous to Uganda. Across the street is a lower market, full of spices, legumes, grains, and hand-made house hold items.
One of the largest markets in this region of Africa. The endless booths that line the chaotic alleys of Owino offer a mind-boggling array everything from homemade irons, to American hand-me- down-clothes with the goodwill price tags still on then, to an amazing array of African foods, to any and everything else under the sun. Everything at Owino starts cheap and gets cheaper with bargaining. Another market option is the craft market on Buganda Road or the slightly larger crafts market behind the national theatre near the Garden City complex.
Rubaga Hill taken-up by the Roman Catholics (and the first Roman Catholic church here); Rubaga Hill was the location of the main palace of Kabaka Muteesa I who ruled Buganda between 1856 and 1884. The palace was struck by lightning and was rebuilt on neighboring Mengo Hill. The first Roman Catholic missionaries to arrive in Buganda were Frenchmen, Father Pierre Lourdel Monpel and Brother Amans, who settled near the hill in 1879. As the Catholic Church took root in the country, the missionaries were allocated land on Rubaga Hill. The construction of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Rubaga Hill took place between 1914 and 1925, with the assistance of monetary contributions from Roman Catholic congregations abroad. Later, the missionaries also built a hospital and a nursing school on the hill. Today, Rubaga remains the seat of the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Uganda. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. The remains of the first African Catholic bishop in Uganda, Bishop Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka and those of the first African Catholic Cardinal, Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga are kept in the Catholic Mission on the hill.
The Anglican Christians’ oldest church here; Mengo Hill which has the headquarters of the traditional (the largest of Uganda’s traditional monarchies). The hill rises 4,134 feet (1,260 m) above sea level. It stands adjacent to Mengo Hill, the seat of the Buganda Government. The history of the two hills is intertwined, geographically, politically and religiously. Namirembe is the location of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the main place of worship of the Anglican Church in Uganda, from the time of its construction (1915 to 1919), until the 1960’s when the Cathedral became the seat of the Diocese of Namirembe.
Visit the Kabaka’s Lake (Kayanja Ka Kabaka), the largest man-made lake here, dug up on orders of the tyrant Sekkabaka Mwanga (also a former King), who needed it as an escape route besides being a place for water sport just adjacent to his kingdom headquarters – Mengo. After drive to Kampala central visiting Nakasero Market and a curio shop for some craft shops. This tour can be done any time of the year. It can also be done at the start or at the end of any of our other safari packages
It is important to practice it in a rudimentary as opposed to the mechanized farming practices in Developed countries. Deep down in villages of Masaka you can learn how to dig using hoes, plant crops, harvest and peel ‘matoke’, cook in a traditional way, learn how to make local beer among others. These expeditions will give you life time memories.
After that visit Lake Mburo Park, see game, birds and butterflies, have a launch cruise and a night game drive there, engage in cycling tours through the park as you enjoy seeing wildlife and return to Kampala at end of tour crossing the equator.
This Safari begins and ends in Kampala/Entebbe The Murchison Falls Conservation Area, about 7,000 sq. km in size, the largest in Uganda, consists of Murchison Falls National Park, Karuma Game Reserve and Bugungu Game Reserve among others. Budongo at Kaniyo Pabidi Forest station is also found within the Area. It is a stunning habitat for wildlife, birds and vegetation. Crocodiles, hippos, elephants and birds including the rare shoebill stork, can be found on the banks of the Nile. With over 1000 chimpanzees in Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi Forests, Murchison is thought to have the largest chimp numbers in the region. The launch trip to the bottom of the Falls, lasting about 3 hours, is unforgettable look at birds, elephant, buffalo, crocodile, and hippo on The Nile banks; experience this mighty river. On the game drive, Buffalo, leopard, antelope, Rothschild's giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck and lion can also be seen. Over 450 bird species have been recorded. The main attraction in the Area is the Murchison Falls. For about 80 kms from Karuma Falls in the East, The Nile is a rushing torrent of water which drops about 300 meters. It spills over the ancient rocks that form the Western Rift Valley wall, gushing through a 7 meter gorge and into the cauldron of turbulent water below, forming the fall.
Uganda is a country with a diversity of tribes with different cultures,
traditions and lifestyles. Each tribe in Uganda has its own traditional land,
customs and a way of life inherited from their ancestors. This is a land where
spirits speak through mediums to treat ailments and predict the future. You will meet
the Spirit Healer, whose remarkable abilities have made him a legend. Your days will be filled with antics.
There are many options
Visit the Kasubi Tombs; these are the traditional royal tombs for the Kabaka's of Buganda situated a few kilometers away from the city center. These tombs of impressive ancient architecture are a very important symbol for the Baganda. The big round hut is where 4 of the 37 kings of Buganda were buried, and then visit the Uganda Museum that showcases many traditional artifacts including historical musical instruments, from there to Owino market national theater and a glimpse of the parliament of Uganda
Along your journey to the west, you will have a stopover at Mpambire Royal Drum makers for demonstrations on how these drums are made. This practice of making drums is so historical that it has been passed on from generation to generation. Our next stop will be the equator for stretching, photography and it time allows, simple experiments can be performed to demonstrate that indeed the Equator is an imaginary line separating the world into two equal parts. We will drive to Masaka- Kiwangala where we will visit a community school. We will be entertained by kids in Kiganda traditional dance. We will also participate in the dance and playing the local musical instruments. We will spend a night in this community.
Travelling to L.Mburo national park in the afternoon through communities, sleeping in Rwakobo rock or Eagle’s Nest
Game drive, boat cruise and night game drive will make your stay in Lake Mburo national park interesting.
Day 5 Traveling to Queen Elizabeth Park with a stopover at Igongo Cultural centre which houses some ethnographic and cultural related collections of the ‘Banyankole’ ethnic group of Southwestern Uganda. , this will help you to trace the heritage, way of life of the Banyankole- a pastoral community in western Uganda. A lunch stop in Mbarara.
Day 6 Game drive, boat cruise, hot air balloon safaris are also possible. In the evening after the launch cruise, you can visit Hamukungu community for canoeing or community walk according to your choice
Day 7 Travelling back to Kampala
For cultural experience in Uganda, attending a traditional introduction ceremony would be memorable. Weddings in Uganda are usually organized on Saturdays. This is a must see as traditional marriage ceremonies are still important as far as tradition and culture is concerned. We will spend a whole day attending this party, of course lunch will be served at the party before returning back to your residence with an African wedding day memories. We can organize it for you. It requires you to dress like a traditional African.