Western Uganda Trail(2) 14Days/13Nights

This Western cultural trail will take you in the fertile south and west, powerful Kingdoms in Uganda, including the Buganda, Bunyoro, and Toro kingdoms. You will wind off the tour by visiting the first original people the Batwa (pygmies) in Mgahinga forest. Tours through these kingdoms will show you how the people have adapted to modern times.

Highlights

  • Buganda cultural trail
  • Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom
  • Bomu Women’s Group
  • Toro Kingdom
  • Batwa Cultural Visit
  • Ndere Cultural Performance

14Days/13Nights

Cultural Safari Tours in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International airport
Our guide will meet you at Entebbe International airport and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for Dinner and Overnight at hotel or at homestay
Day 2: Buganda Trail First Half
After breakfast, start with a visit to the Kasubi tombs; a royal burial ground for the kings (Kabaka’s) of Buganda kingdom. The Kasubi Tombs located 5kms from Kampala is a huge dome-like structure that houses the remains of four former Buganda kings: Mutesa 1, Mwanga 2, Daudi Chwa 2, and Edward Mutesa 2. It was constructed in a traditional fashion with thatch poles and reeds, housing a variety of artifacts that belonged to the kings. The descendants of the king’s wives look after the site. Visit the Kabaka’s lake and Naggalabi Coronation site. Relax for lunch break at your hotel. After lunch proceed to Katereke prison ditch and Wamala tombs. Dinner and overnight at a hotel or a homestay

Day 3: Buganda Trail Second half
After breakfast, we will embark on our tour with the visit to Bulange kabaka’s parliament and after we will take a royal mile walk to the Kabaka’s palace known as Lubiri, or Mengo is the palace of the King of Buganda. It was built in 1885 and measures in impressive 4 square miles. Our guide will pick you from the Royal place and take you to Namirembe & Rubaga Cathedrals. From Namirembe, you continue to Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine where over 30 Ugandan Catholic and Protestant men were burned to death on the orders of the Kabaka Mwanga for their refusal to renounce their faith. The Church of the Namugongo Martyrs has been constructed near the site, and is the focus of pilgrimages. Today, June 3rd is a public holiday in Uganda to commemorate the executions. Wind off the day with the visit to Bahai temple, the only temple of the Bahai faith in Africa. Return to your hotel for Dinner & Overnight at a hotel or a home stay
Day 4: Kampala- Hoima (203.1KM)
Our safari guide will meet you at your hotel and brief you about the safari. Then drive to Hoima arriving in the afternoon. You will check in your hotel, and have lunch. After lunch, you take your visit to Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom with a rich history at its headquarters in Hoima Town that covers the districts of Hoima, Masindi and Kibale. Wind off the evening with the visit to Nyamyarro museum found at the Karuzika (palace) of Bunyoro Kingdom. Here you will see the 1000-year-old traditional throne, which has 9 legs, ivory tusks, ceremonial spears, ancient arrows, various types of traditional crowns and musical instruments among other artifacts. The floor is covered with lion and leopard skins and bark cloth. Return to the hotel for Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D
Day 5: Bunyoro Kingdom
Wake up to the sound of the rooster, have breakfast and we’ll hit the streets with our guide to Mparo Tombs. Mparo tombs are historical burial ground for the kings of Bunyoro Kingdom located 2km from Hoima town. Notable among those who were laid to rest include Omukama (King) Chwa II Kabalega who resisted colonial rule in Uganda. After we will proceed to Omukama Andereya Bisereko Duhaga II’s residence situated at Kinogozi in Buhimba sub-county in Hoima, this was one of first modern houses to be constructed in the early 20th Century in Bunyoro. Our guide will take us through the historical moments about the kingdom and we will continue to Kibiro salt mine where salt is extracted traditionally using local tools and methods. Lunch break in Hoima town and we will take a short visit to the Martyrs’ well in Kibaale. The Martyrs’ well is said to be the site where St Andrea Kaahwa (commonly known as Andrew Kaggwa) one of the Uganda martyrs was born. There are also footprints of Andrea Kaahwa and other unique features, Christians throng his area every May 26 to pray for Kaahwa and take the water to heal illnesses and give them blessings. You will return to your hotel for Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D
Day 6 Cultural sites
Arise to a calm breakfast and then drive to Kigwara Cultural Site.  This site is located in Kibaale believed to be the home of Bunyoro cultural music and Munsa Fort an archaeological site for Uganda’s history dating back to between 10th and 17th century. Munsa is on a hill and features trenches, caves and underground containers carved out of stone. You will explore the caves with our guide and then transfer to Kakumiro that houses the tombs of Duhaga one of the early Kings of Bunyoro. Continue to Igayaza Chwezi historic site a place that dearly holds the footprints of Ndahura the first Cwezi King and that of his dog. We will wind of the afternoon with a visit to Masaka historic site which contains the tomb of Omukama Yosiya Kitahimbwa, and to Nyante River believed to be the point where all of Omukama Kabalega’s cattle perished. Have a lunch break and depart for Masindi. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 7: Hoima to Masindi – Bomu women’s Group (59.8KM)
We will depart Hoima after breakfast and drive to Masindi. Arrive at Boomu Women´s Group that has around 40 members from the villages of Kihaguzi and Kigaragara. These subsistence farmers had little produce left over to sell, so in 1999 the women´s group was formed, with the aim of reducing poverty and malnutrition, and providing an income for the members to be able to pay their children´s school fees. This group began as a craft group has evolved into a wonderful community tourism project, with accommodation, a restaurant, unique guided tours and a well-tended garden. The grass-thatched bandas have been built in traditional Ugandan style for an authentic community experience. They are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens filled with butterflies and weaverbirds. Guests are welcome to relax in the gardens, visit the local community of Kigaragara and explore the craft shop. Ugandan food prepared by local women is served in the restaurant, and in the warm evenings you can relax by the open-air bar under the stars. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 8: Masindi – Fort portal (255.4 KM)
Say farewell to Bomu women’s group, and enjoy a scenic drive to Fort portal. Fort Portal Town is known for its cleanness and is named after Sir Gerald Portal, a British Special Commissioner for Uganda, whose statue graces the main road of the town. We will arrive late in the afternoon in time for lunch.  After lunch you will be assisted by our guide to check in your hotel, refresh and later take a short visit to the Toro Palace located on top of the magnificent hill in Fort Portal town. Return to your hotel for Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D
Day 9: Cultural visit Toro Kingdom
Calm breakfast, and drive to Amabere ga Nyinamwiru (Breasts of Nyinamwiru) daughter of King Bukuku of the Batembuzi dynasty. It is one of the seven wonders in Uganda located near by the NyakasuraSchool within Kabarole district in the western part of Uganda. It is a limestone site that has stalagmites as well as stalactites. The Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru is translated as “the Breasts of Nyina Mwiru” cave was named after the daughter of King Bukuku, then ruler of the Batembuzi Dynasty and ancestor of the current day Babito Kings of Bunyoro plus Toro Kingdoms; Nyina Mwiru. Several traditional stories have been raised to talk about Nyina Mwiru, some say that Nyina Mwiru was a very beautiful girl who got several marriage proposals from several men and this got the father very angry, so what he did was to cut off her breasts but nonetheless this did not stop her from getting more marriage proposals. We will have lunch break and later drive to the Karambi Tombs the burial grounds of Omukama Kasagama & Rukidi III. In the afternoon, we will drive to Kasese for Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 10 Fort Portal- Kasese (74.8KM)
In the morning, you will visit Kitagata hot springs. They are two hot springs adjacent to each Ekyomugabe and Mulago. The hot springs are commonly known as ‘Mulago Hot Spring’ as they are believed by local people to have healing powers.’ Mulago means hospital. On a daily basis, so many people with different ailments flock to the springs to bathe in the warm water.  The water in the springs can warm up to 80 °C (176 °F). It is estimated that about 800 people visit the springs per week. In the afternoon, our guide will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth national park for Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 11: Queen Elizabeth National Park –Katwe Salt tour (47.8 KM)
In the morning, you will have breakfast and take a short visit to Katwe.
You will be welcomed to a traditional homestead, to see what the villagers come home to after a hard day harvesting salt on the lake. Cooking demonstrations will introduce you to the food of this region and the traditional methods used to cook and prepare the meals. This tour gives visitors the chance to freely interact with the locals, and get involved in their daily activities. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 12: Queen Elizabeth to Mgahinga (260.7KM)
Today you will enjoy the Batwa Trail, a firsthand introduction to one of the most unique cultures worldwide. The Batwa pygmies are a forest people displaced from the rain forest they shared with mountain gorillas. This experience will give you the opportunity to learn more about their age old culture while you enjoy a hike with the Batwa guides, see how they lived and hunted, hear ancient legends and learn about medical plants. Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a striking and moving sense of the richness of this fading culture. The revenue generated from these activities directly benefits the Batwa to strengthen their community. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 13: Mgahinga- Kampala (480.6KM)
At 6:00hrs, we will depart Mgahinga national park and head back to Kampala. Our first stop will be in Mbarara where we will have our lunch and then proceed to Kampala. We will also stop at the Equator for photographic experience, bathroom breaks and stretching. Arrive in Kampala late in the evening; drop off at your hotel for Dinner and Overnight at

Day 14: Craft Markets-Ndere Cultural show
In the morning you will join our guide on a shopping spree visit Kampala African craft markets including Buganda road, Banana boat, and the one behind national theater. We will wind off the evening at Ndere cultural centre and witness Uganda’s Cultural Ambassadors. The multi-award winning Ndere Troupe has been gracing stages for almost 25 years with high quality performances that have resulted in worldwide appreciation and fame. Ndere Troupe has also made memorable experiences for countless people and organizations by performing at the different milestones in their lives.