Uganda, christened the Pearl of Africa, has diverse ethnic groups made up of people that speak different languages, have varying practices, unique beliefs and customs. Although the people are of different tribes- over 50 tribes, they are all warm-hearted and hospitable, therefore be assured of a calm and comfortable stay on your visit to any community.
Our 10 days Uganda cultural safari takes you around Uganda to have an insight of the different cultures, traditions and beliefs of Ugandans. Not to miss out on is Buganda culture, Bamasaba culture and Karamajong culture among others. Visiting the different communities introduces you to varying behaviors, practices, activities and beliefs among other things.
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe airport and pick up
The company representative waits for you at Entebbe international airport and upon arrival he or she will welcome you. You will be transferred to your hotel for a relaxation and overnight. You will have a briefing of the tour.
Accommodations: Serena Hotel (luxury), Cassia lodge (midrange) and Central Inn Entebbe (budget)
Day 2: Visit Buganda kingdom cultural sites
After breakfast at your lodge, we drive to the Uganda national museum at 8am to have an overall introduction to the culture and history of Uganda. The museum exhibits among other things the traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. From here, we drive to the Lubiri (Buganda palace) to see where the kings of Buganda reside and also learn about the general culture, practices and their history. We then proceed to the burial grounds of Buganda kings in Kasubi- Kasubi tombs. The tombs are made up of shrines and the major one is where three of the former kings were buried. Next we go to the coronation site of the kings to know and listen to what takes place during the coronation event.
In the evening, we return to the lodge for dinner and the overnight
Day 3: Kampala to Jinja
Before sunrise, we leave the lodge after having breakfast and drive to Jinja in eastern Uganda. Also known as the “Adventure capital of East Africa”, Jinja is a magical destination worth a visit. Major cultural place to visit is the Busoga kings palace. While in Jinja, You will also have an opportunity to visit the source of the Nile and Sezibwa falls enroute.
We later on check in at our lodge for a relaxation, dinner and the overnight
Accommodation: Source of the Nile Hotel, Midrange: Jinja Resort hotel
Day 4: Transfer from Jinja to Mbale
Leaving Jinja to head to Mbale early morning. We start the 3 hours drive at around 8am after taking a cup of coffee. Check in at the hotel, have lunch and visit the Mutoto cultural site. This is where the Bagisu/Bamasaba host the I”mbalu” a cultural circumcision ceremony which is held every even year. This event is very important in the culture of the Bagisu because it is through it that males are initiated into adulthood. Listen to the story of how they have to be brave and present themselves for circumcision without any fear.
From here, we visit Kakungulu hill to see the tomb of Kakungulu. It also hosts the Jewish centre.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Accomodations: Wash and Wills Hotel (budget), Protea Hotel, Mbale Resort (midrange)
Day 5: Transfer to Sipi falls
Enjoy a nature walk to the Sipi falls, one of the best scenic sites in Uganda and then visit the Sebei caves in the afternoon for an insight of the culture of the Sebei people in Eastern Uganda.
Back to the lodge for dinner and the overnight
Day 6: Transfer to Moroto- Kara-Tunga camp
Rise up early morning and check out of the hotel and start the journey to Moroto. We arrive there in the afternoon and first have lunch before we proceed to Karamoja museum to learn about the Karamajongs. This is one of the tribes in Uganda that have not allowed their culture to be changed by modernisation. We shall meet a number of the Karamajongs and you can observe that they are unique from the rest of the communities, right from their dressing, daily activities and their hometeads.
Day 7: Spend the day in Moroto
After breakfast at the lodge, we go to Ateker cultural centre, a local indigenous cultural organization that was established to promote original heritage of the Ateker communities and other pastoralist groups in Africa. Take a hike to Mt. Moroto to meet the Tepeth people. Time spent with these locals gives an opportunity to learn about their culture through observation and interaction. Back to the lodge, relax, later on have dinner and the overnight
Day 8: Transfer from Moroto to Gulu
We depart early morning for Gulu, arriving there at noon. Enjoy a delicious lunch and thereafter head to Fort Patiko which is also referred to Baker’s Fort. It is a significant historical site in Uganda that was initially constructed by the Arabs that were carrying out slave trade and later on it was taken over by Sir Samuel Baker in 1872. The Fort was commissioned by the Queen as a military base during the colonial days. While at Fort Patiko, you also get stunning views of the surrounding hills such as Ajulu, Akara, Ladwong, Abaka and Labworomor.
Check in at Acholi Inn or Bakers Fort Hotel
Day 9: Day spent in Gulu
No need to wake up so early on this day as the activities do not require us to. After breakfast, we visit a local community to interact with the people and see how they carry out their daily activities. We also visit the peace Museum which teaches how indigenous cultural practices have helped in promotion of peace and reconciliation to the new Acholi generation whose childhood and young adulthood was spent in camps.
We visit the craft centre to grab a souvenir and experience the cultural dances of the Acholi people. We go back to the lodge for a relaxation, then have dinner and rest.
Day 10: Return to Kampala
This is our last day of the safari and it will be spent on the road driving back to Kampala. We wake up early and have breakfast so that we start our return journey at 8am. Arrival in Kampala or Entebbe is in the evening.
END OF UGANDA CULTURAL TOUR