Western Uganda Cultural Trail 12Days/11Nights

This circuit will take you through two amazing kingdoms, Buganda and Ankole kingdom. Visitors will take you through Buganda trail, drum making villages, bark clothing and wind up in Mgahinga national park with the first people, the Batwa.

Highlights

  • Buganda trail
  • Uganda Equator
  • Drum making village
  • Igongo Cultural Center
  • Bark Clothing visit
  • Batwa (Pygmies) Cultural Experience
  • Ndere Cultural Performance

12Days/11Nights

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 your hotel or homestay

Day 2: Buganda Trail
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. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

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 and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 4: Kampala- Masaka (131KM)
After breakfast, we will head west of Uganda with a stop at Mpambire. Mpambire is a small village on Masaka road with about 1000 residents but it is a cradle of drum making. It's the home of Royal Drum makers. You will find all kind of drums and don't miss to take free drumming lessons. We will proceed to Masaka with another stop at the Uganda Equator for some photo shoots and a visit to the craft village. You will proceed to Masaka arriving late in the evening, have lunch and check in your hotel. Our guide will give you a quick Masaka city tour and return at your hotel for Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 5: Bark cloth Making Villages
Early morning breakfast and you will visit Masaka villages to witness and participate in bark cloth making. Bark cloth making is an ancient craft of the Baganda people who live in the Buganda kingdom in southern Uganda. The inner bark of the Mutuba tree (Ficus natalensis) is harvested during the wet season and then, in a long and strenuous process, beaten with different types of wooden mallets to give it a soft and fine texture and an even terracotta color. Craftsmen work in an open shed to protect the bark from drying out too quickly. You will have lunch with the community and this entire activity takes a whole day. In the evening you will return at the hotel for Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 6: Masaka and Igongo Cultural Center (124KM)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning visit to Masaka Fort locally referred to as Kigo, on top of the hill also known as BOMA (the British Overseas Military Administration) west of Masaka municipality. Although local developers en-crouched the site, the remnants of the ditch that surrounded the fort are visible especially on the southern side. After you will then head towards western part of Uganda, Mbarara where you will take your lunch at the Igongo cultural center. After lunch you will go to the museum where you will get an insight into the cultures of the western people. Dinner and Overnight at Igongo Cultural center
Day 7: Igongo Cultural Center-Mbarara (12KM)
We will leave early morning for Mbarara and on arrival to Mbarara town; we will take a quick tour to the Nkonkonjeru Royal Tombs at Kakika burial site of Omugabe (King) Kahaya II and Omugabe Gasyonga among others. In the evening we will drive to Nshenyi village for a real life experience of the Ankole people. Activities will include milking cows, grazing cows, making ghee, traditional cooking, traditional dances and visits and the evening you will rewind Nshenyi farm. Dinner and Overnight at Nshenyi farm

Day 8: Mbarara-Kabale (139KM)
Welcome to the land of a million hills aka Switzerland of Africa-Kibale!
The Kigezi region with its numerous lakes, panoramic views, and countless terrace farms, is a unique travel destination in Uganda for ambitious travelers. We want you to also meet and experience the local culture of Bakiga and the cultural heritage of the region, including traditions and languages. Join us for a day tour with the locals while they teach us about their farming practices such as terrace farming. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel for lunch and relax. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 9: Kabale – Mgahinga (80KM)
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.
Day 11: Mgahinga- Kampala (480KM)
We will say farewell to the land of the first people and enjoy our amazing ride back to Kampala. Our ride will take you through Kigezi terraces and we will have a lunch break in Mbarara. After lunch, we jump back on our safari car and continue to Kampala. Our next stop will be at the equator for refreshment, bathroom break and stretching. We’ll get an opportunity to stop at Mpambire to mingle with local drum makers with a chance to have free drumming lessons. Arrive in the evening at Kampala, check in your hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D

Day 12: 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.