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8 Days Uganda Cultural tour

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8 Days Uganda Cultural Tour

The 8 Days Uganda Cultural Tour is one of the comprehensive cultural tours in Uganda that features various cultural sites and tribes of Uganda. This tour explores Nakayima heritage tree in Mubende, Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves breast like features believed to be dating back to the Bachwezi era, Fort Portal Crater lake field, Nshenyi Cultural village exploring Banyankole Culture including great time with the beautiful Ankole long horned cattle, Batwa heritage trail in Mgahinga, the 1520AD Eclipse monument, Igongo Cultural Center and Kampala Cultural tour exploring the National Museum and the cultural sites of the largest surviving Buganda Kingdom including Kasubi tombs, lubiri Palace and man-made Kabaka’s Lake.

Accommodation:

Destinations Up Market Mid-Range Budget
Fort Portal Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge Mountains of the Moon Hotel Rwenzori View Guest house
Mbarara Asmar Hotels Lake View Resort Mbarara Nshenyi Village guest House
Bwindi NP Nkuringo Safari Lodge Heritage Guest house Lake Mutanda camp site

 

Safari Inclusions
• Full Board Accommodation on Safari
• Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
• Fuel
• Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
• Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
• Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
• Bottled water while on safari
• Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

Safari Exclusions
• General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
• Laundry Services
• Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
• International Flights (Arranged on request)
• Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
• Visas
• Optional Activity fees
• Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
• Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
• Accommodation in Kampala unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

Day 1,The Nakayima tree shrine, the Amabere Caves & Fort Portal Crater Lake.

Transfer to Fort Portal 300km about 5 hours’ drive from Kampala. We enjoy impressive views of Ugandan countryside including the inselbergs of Mubende, branch off to connect to Nakayima tree. Named after Nakayima the first wife of Bachwezi King Ndahura, the tree has lived for many years past and people believe it is possess the spirit of Nakayima/Ndahura. The traditionalists converge here for pilgrimage and worship. Listen to a themed elderly guide at the site after we proceed on the drive to Fort Portal. Lunch break and after you connect to the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves. Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru means the breasts of Nyina Mwiru and named in the local tradition. Acquired its name after King Bukuku of Bachwezi chopped off his daughter's breasts Nyinamwiru and threw them inside these caves. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father heard a prophecy that the child will take over his throne. The oozing whitish substance that flows down the breast like features is believed to be milk that continues to flow out of Nyinamwiru’s breasts. In reality the scientific explanation is that the “BREASTS” are stalactites made up of calcium carbonate when blended with water drips making it look milky. Leave this encounter, continue with guided walk and visit the explosion crater lakes. We hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. On clear day the top of Kyeganywa hill offers views of Rwenzori Mountains. Various crater lakes and hollows are believed to have been dug by the Bachwezi and the presence of an abnormal footprint (a foot of a giant) on a rock near Lake Kigere makes the area an interesting heritage site to explore. Transfer back to Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge Midrange / Standard: Mt of the Moon Hotel Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 2, Visit the Royal Palace of Tooro, the Karambi Royal Tomb & attend Batooro name giving ceremony

After breakfast, we tour to the Royal Palace kingdom found at the Karuzika hill overlooking Fort Portal-Kasese road in the shadows of the mountains of the moon. The Palace features a great architectural building that is worth visit. The palace tour; explore royal regalia and interpretation of Kings Coronation process. Transfer to Karambi Royal tombs to see the tombs of former Kings of Tooro including founding father of the Kingdom – King Kaboyo. We listen to their great history and then retreat to Fort Portal town for lunch. In the afternoon, you participate in the Batooro name giving ceremony which is a central practice among the Batooro as they give the pet names to their sons and daughters including Apuuli, Acaali, Akiiki, Araali among others. It is an exciting culture adventure that will see you get a pet name.

Day 3,Drive to Nshenyi Cultural village

Embark on the transfer from Fort Portal to Nshenyi cultural in Ntungamo District. Drive through impressive countryside landscapes exploring the settlement of the local people before arriving in Mbarara eventually Ntungamo. Nshenyi is 30 minutes’ drive from Ntungamo town and about 1 hour from Mbarara town. You arrive for relaxation, dinner and overnight Accommodation: Nshenyi Cultural Village

Day 4,Nshenyi village an insight of Banyankole Culture

Wake up early morning to spend the whole day exploring the traditions of the Banyankole Culture. We participate in the traditional hand milking of the long horned Ankole Cattle, visit traditional cattle treatment process, the naming of the cows and how the calves know the names of their mothers and themselves, brushing the cows to remove dirt using the local brush called Enkuuyo, set out to the grazing field along with the herdsmen learning how to play the instruments like flute and traditional songs. You do the cattle watering at the locally made soil trough and embark to home. Traditional lunch is served which we can participate in its preparation process and then attend craft making process, the impressive architectural huts’ tour and take a walk in the community to explore the way of life. You retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight Accommodation: Nshenyi Cultural Village

Day 5,Drive to Mgahinga National Park

Embark on the transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park after breakfast driving through the impressive Kigezi Highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa and the scenic road of Kabale – Kisoro before being welcomed by the Virunga Volcanoes. You settle in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight Accommodation Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gahinga lodge Midrange / Standard: Mucha Hotel Budget / Basic: Amajambere Iwacu community camp - Home Stay

Day 6,The Batwa heritage trail

After breakfast, we embark on the Batwa Heritage trail which takes 6 – 7 hours. Connect to Mgahinga Park headquarters Ntebeko and get briefed before starting the trek to the forest following Batwa trail in company of Batwa guides detailing their great heritage embedded in their ancient home. We learn their wild honey harvesting means, traditional medical plants, tree houses, hunting techniques, edible roots and plants before arriving at Garama Cave which was the central place for their converging in the forest. The Batwa chief used to reside here. At the cave, Batwa women will treat us with impressive performances including their ancient songs. It is a moment of wonder and deep exploration into the Batwa culture that is at stake of fading away. Retire at the lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 7,Drive to Kampala, the 1520AD eclipse monument & Igongo cultural center en route

After breakfast, we transfer back to Kampala 519km about 11 hours’ drive with a stop at the 1520AD eclipse monument overlooking the Igongo Cultural Center to explore the cultural attachment. The Ankole kingdom cattle had been totally confiscated by King Olimi I of Bunyoro and the Banyankole were starving. And then a wonder happened when the King Olimi I was from raiding the cows of Rwanda and the total solar eclipse occurred when had reached Biharwe. He and his men thought that something terrible was going to happen to them and they abandoned the cows and ran to Bunyoro. When the eclipse was over, the Banyankole found cows all over and they believed that they had been sent by God from heaven in response to their cries. Thus they called them “enduuga mwiiguru”. There is a monument that has been set to commemorate this occurrence. We continue to Igongo Cultural Museum to tour the Erijukiro Museum which features collections of all tribes of south western Uganda dating back to their traditional era and settle for traditional lunch as well. Proceed to drive and arrive in Kampala in the evening. Accommodation Upmarket / Luxury: Sheraton Kampala hotel Midrange / Standard: Humura Resorts Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort

Day 8,Undertake Kampala cultural tour.

Explore the culture and heritage of Kampala including the ancient Kingdom of Buganda. Tour the Kasubi tombs where four Kings of Buganda lay in rest and site has large traditional hut with magical architecture and is a world heritage site as proclaimed by UNESCO, tour the Lubiri palace the head of the Buganda Kingdom, the Bulange Parliament which an ancient parliament of Buganda that existed even before the coming of the Europeans. Visit the Kabaka’s Lake a manmade lake dug during the days of Kabaka Mwanga. Visit the Uganda National Museum see a range of collections of Uganda and eventually walk around the craft markets to explore the art and craft of Ugandan people before marking the end of the tour.

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  • Location : Uganda

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