8 Days Cultural, Religious, Community & Gorilla Trekking Safari
$2000 per person
8 Days Cultural, Religious, Community, and Gorilla Trekking Safari is planned to give you an unforgettable Uganda wildlife and cultural experience. It will allow you to explore Kampala district and its cultural richness like Mengo hill that harbors that kabaka palace it is the official residence of Kabaka Mutebi II. the Buganda Parliament is located opposite the Palace and the Kabaka anjagala road because of its historical 52 trees alongside the road called Kabaka anjagala which means the King loves me, each tree represents a clan since the Buganda kingdom has 52 clans. after cultural and religious discovery is done the tour will take you for wildlife exploration in Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and boat cruise safari on the Kazinga channel. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for mountain Gorilla trekking and Lake Mburo National Park for the night game drive and horseback riding.
The price of this Uganda safari package includes;
- Transport for 10 days in 4WD, air-conditioned and pop up safari van
- English speaking driver-guide for 8 days
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation for 9 nights Full board meal plan
- Bottled mineral water throughout your tour
- All park entrance fees
- 1 Mountain tracking permit per person
- Kampala city tour and cultural sites visits
- Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park
- Morning boat riding on Lake Bunyonyi
- Game drive at Lake Mburo national park and Horseback riding
- A visit to Kayabwe Equator landmark
The price of this Uganda safari package excludes;
- Entry visas and flights
- Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
- Personal insurance
- Extra meals and Uganda safari activities
- Laundry service
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Souvenirs and gifts
View Full Travel Itinerary Day By Day
Day 1: Pick-up from Entebbe Airport – Transfer to your hotel
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative. Drive to your booked hotel for a briefing about your mountain gorilla tracking and wildlife tour in Uganda and an overnight stay at your booked hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may take a nature walk tour to Botanical gardens
Day 2: Visit Buganda Cultural and Religious sites
The torture chambers
These were built by Idi Amin in Mengo palace where thousands of people died most of them from hunger, suffocation and electrification. The chamber has five cells or rooms and each could house five hundred people. They were built by the Israelites on the orders of Idi Amin. It was supposed to be a weapon place or store but turned into a torture chamber (place of killing people). The chambers had metallic doors, built with electrified water and no windows.
The Kabaka's lake
It is a manmade lake found in Mengo Palace. It was created by King Mwanga Daniel II in the 19th century. It’s the largest lake of the traditional interlacustrine Kingdoms of the area today known as Uganda. It has also been used traditionally for Royal regattas and other ceremonial occasions. This also served as a tactical Military buffer and sanctuary for the Kabaka.
The Royal enclosure on Kasubi hill, also known as the Ssekabaka's tombs, was first built in 1881. The circular site contained many structures including the tombs of four Kabakas of Buganda; Muteesa I, Mwanga II, Daudi Chwa II and Sir Edward Muteesa II. The tombs were held in straw-thatched buildings. The site remains an important spiritual and political site for Baganda people. In 2001, the tombs were declared a UNESCO world heritage site. On 6th March 2010, some of the major buildings were almost completely destroyed by fire, the cause which is still under investigation. The tombs are being rebuilt by the Buganda Kingdom with the help of the Government of Uganda as President Museveni promised to assist in the restoration of the site.
They are situated in Nabweru, Wakiso district. 13kilometers along Kampala-Hoima road. They are housed in a good-looking structure. The remains of Kabaka Ssuna the 29th and others are found here. Aside from that, there are primordial spears and shields with backcloth. These tombs are still used for ritual ceremonies and visitors pay offerings to the dead.
It is called the Mashriqu'l - Adhkar, the Persian translation for the dawning place of worshiping God. It is also the temple mother of Africa built about 50 years ago on kikaya hill four miles from Kampala on Gayaza road.Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo It a place where 32 young men were burnt to death on 3rd June 1886 for refusal to renounce Christianity. some were Anglican and others Catholics. Every 3rd of June Christians from all parts of Uganda and other parts of the world congregate at Namugongo to commemorate the lives of the Uganda Martyrs and the dedication to their religious beliefs.
It is one of Uganda's oldest cathedral. The brick red Anglican cathedral with an impressive Dome is also known as Paul's cathedral. The first church was built on Namirembe hill or Mengo in 1890. The cathedral is visible from much of Kampala and also Interesting is the graveyard which has the remains of Bishop Hannington.
It is a beautiful Roman Catholic church that contains the remains of the first African Catholic Bishop and Archbishop of Kampala diocese Joseph Kiwanuka. It is a significant religious site in Kampala and is visited by many tourists every year. It was restored during the time of Pope John Paul II's visit to Uganda.
Day 3: Pick up and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
On this third day of your Cultural, Religious, Community, and Gorilla Trekking Safari, rise up early and take breakfast, get picked by our company guide/driver, and drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park Kasese. You will have a brief stopover at the equator for photography moments and later drive off to Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara lunch before proceeding to your final destination- Queen Elizabeth National Park. after reaching to queen Elizabeth check in to the lodge . Then continue for a late afternoon/evening game drive and later drive to the lodge for relaxation
Accommodation options Elephant hab Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Morning game drive safari – Afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
After having your tasty breakfast (0600 am), drive to the park for a morning game drive to look out for the mammals such as; Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks, Elephants, Caped buffaloes, lions, warthogs, Leopard, and some primates as well as several bird species. Your safari guide will ensure that you spot as many wildlife species as possible and give you much information about everything that you will encounter during your game drive. Queen Elizabeth national park is understandably one of Uganda’s most popular national park and an ideal habitat for classic big game such as the four mammals of the big five families of the African savannah (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, and Buffaloes), several antelope species, primates, and many others. Your safari guide will ensure that you spot as many wildlife species as possible and give much information about everything that you will encounter during your game drive. Later, after the game drive, have a short break to relax, have lunch plus other refreshments, and then go for an afternoon boat cruise safari along the Kazinga channel the main water stream which goes through the park and connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. Boat cruise safari on the Kazinga Channel is one of the highly recommended adventurous activities to visitors of Queen Elizabeth national park. The cruise will bring you very close to several mammals such as the Hippos, Nile crocodiles and Buffaloes, Elephants, and many others plus various water birds. The fantastic experience during 2 hours boat cruise safari along the Kazinga channel, makes a must-do adventure for every guest to Queen Elizabeth national park. Later after the boat cruise safari along the Kazinga channel, return to your lodge to spend the evening relaxing. Dinner and overnight back.
Accommodation options Elephant hab Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth national park – Visit wildlife Ishasha sector – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park
After breakfast, check out and set off to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park via the Ishasha sector for a mid-morning Uganda safari game drive through Ishasha sector to sear h for the tree-climbing lions. Ishasha sector is well-known for having unique tree-climbing lions and candelabra trees with big branches that allow lions to hang up there. It is one of the only part 2 in east Africa where you can find the tree-climbing lions with ease. Retire from your game drive, have lunch and later continue with your drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which is a home to half of the worlds’ remaining population of mountain gorillas, 120 mammal species, over 346 bird species, 400 plant species. On your arrival at the park, drive straight to check-in at your reserved lodge
Accommodation; Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Mid-range), and Ride4awoman (Budget)
Meal Plan; Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner
Day 6: Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Trekking And Batwa Trail
This is the best day of your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari package. Walk up and have an early morning breakfast and later head to the park headquarters to catch up with the 7:30 am briefing meeting before heading deep into the impenetrable forests of Bwindi in search for giant Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla trekking may take 2 to 8 hours depending on the physical fitness of the trackers and the location of the gorilla family. Return to the starting point to pick your certificate and drive back to your lodge for lunch. Later take an evening cultural experience with the Batwa Pygmies. The short people living in the Bwindi rainforest areas. They are basically hunters and fruit gatherers. They trade with neighboring farmers to acquire cultivated foods. Batwa people welcome visitors in their community as they go on with their day to day life duties
Accommodation options Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Mid-range) and Ride4awoman (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: Early Morning Transfer From to Lake Bunyonyi Later to Lake Mburo National Park
Wake up early morning start your journey to lake bunyonyi You will have breakfast at Bunyonyi Safari resort, go for your morning boat cruising/canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi. Boat riding on Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most exciting activities, The Lake has over 29 small islands and each island has its unique interesting story such as Akampene Island which was used to punish all those girls who were found pregnant before marriage by isolating them there until they die as a way of teaching lesson to others. After your adventurous morning boat cruising, return to Bunyonyi Safari resort for lunch then check out and start your drive to Lake Mburo national park. The smallest beauty parked Savannah park and blessed with numerous small lakes, woodland vegetation, deep valleys and rolling hills which provides habitats a variety of wild animals including; zebras, buffaloes, elands, impala, warthogs, hippopotamuses, Nile crocodiles, Giraffes and over 300 bird species.
Accommodation; Rwakobo rock lodge(Mid-range)
Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 8; Lake Mburo national Park – Morning horseback riding – Return to Entebbe international airport
Have a simple breakfast and go for your morning nature walk while horseback riding. Lake Mburo national park is the only park in Uganda where horseback riding can be done in the wilderness, it will enable you to watch a number of the park’s wildlife species such as Zebras, Elands, Buffaloes and Impala from a closer distance without being scared which makes it to be the best way of exploring the park and getting off the usual game drive tracks which enabling to encounter more than when you use a vehicle. After your horseback riding safari, return to your to have full breakfast and later check out to embark on your drive back to Entebbe international airport with an en-route stop at Kayabwe Equator landmark. At the Equator landmark, you will watch water experiment showing the movement of forces like on the northern hemisphere, waters rotate clockwise and rotate anticlockwise on the southern hemisphere whereby no rotation in the imaginary line because all forces from different points sink in, take a memorial photo at this landmark, have lunch and later continue with your drive straight to Entebbe international airport for your return flight and this will be the end of your 10 days best of Uganda safari.