The 8 Days Uganda Cultural Tour is one of the comprehensive cultural tours in Uganda that takes you to various cultural sites and tribes of Uganda. The tour explores the Kampala Cultural tour exploring the National Museum and the cultural sites of the largest surviving Kingdom of Uganda (Buganda Kingdom) including the Kasubi tombs, the Lubiri Palace and the man-made Kabaka’s Lake. It continues to tour the Nakayima heritage tree in Mubende, the Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru Caves which are breast like features believed to be dating back to the Bachwezi era, the Fort Portal Crater lakes, the Nshenyi Cultural village exploring the Banyankore Culture including great time with the beautiful Ankole long horned cattle, the Bakiga and History of the Punishment Island, the Batwa heritage trail in Mgahinga and the 1520AD Eclipse monument, the Igongo Cultural Center.
Day 1: Buganda cultural Tour - Kampala City
On this day you explore the culture and heritage of Kampala including the ancient Kingdom of Buganda. You 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 where the head of the Buganda Kingdom officiates from, the Bulange Parliament which is an ancient parliament of Buganda that existed even before the coming of the Europeans. You explore the Kabaka’s Lake which is a manmade lake dug during the days of Kabaka Mwanga. You tour the Uganda National Museum which features a range of collections of Uganda and the Historical facts of different Tribes in Uganda.
Head to the Uganda martyrs Shrines in Namugongo where 23Ugandan Catholic martyrs were horribly murdered. From here you will leave for Jinja, visit Sezibwa falls to see a cultural site related to the Buganda Kingdom.
Later In the evening, head to the Ndere Cultural center where you will enjoy lots of entertainment including traditional cultural dances.
Dinner and Overnight at Casa Miltu Hotel in Ntinda suburb of Kampala
Day 3: Transfer to Fort Portal through Mubende
After breakfast, drive westwards to Fort Portal town and along the way , you will enjoy impressive views of the Ugandan countryside including the inselbergs of Mubende, the en route towns and rural settlements before branching off at Mubende to connect to Nakayima tree.
Visit the Nakayima tree found in Mubende, and there you will be narrated the fascinating tales about the history of this impressive tree. Named after Nakayima the wife of Ndahura a famous Muchwezi ruler, the Nakayima tree has lived here for many years past and the people believe it to possess the spirit of Nakayima. The traditionists converge here for pilgrimage and worship. You listen to a themed interpretation from the elderly guides at the site after which you proceed on the drive to Fort Portal.
You will also be able to view the magnificent rock outcrops in the hills of Mubende and the amazing Rwenzori tea plantations
Arrive in the cleanest town in Uganda – Fort Portal the late evening
Dinner and Overnight at Kyaninga Crater Resort
Day 4: Toro – Bakonjo Cultural tour (Fort Portal – Kasese)
Wake up early in the Morning, refresh and have Breakfast 8:00am
Visit the “Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru” (translated as Breasts of Nyinamwiru), which is a cultural site and there you’ll learn about the history of this wonderful site.
The Amabeere g’ Nyinamwiru are breast like features that are believed to belonging to Nyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father had been alerted 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.
Retreat from this encounter and start on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. The 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.
Continue and tour the Royal Palace enjoying the impressively located hill of the Kingdom overlooking the Fort Portal town in the shadows of the mountains of the moon. The Palace features a great architectural building that is worth exploring. You tour the palace; explore the royal regalia and the interpretation of the King Coronation process.
You retreat from the palace tour and transfer to Karambi Royal tombs to explore the tombs of the former Kings of Tooro including the founding father of the Kingdom – King Kaboyo. You listen to their great history and then retreat to the Fort Portal town for lunch.
Proceed to Kasese Town, where you will visit the Basongola Pastoral Community at Hima and the Kiwa Hot springs in Kilembe and listen to the Bakonjo Stories told by the site guides about the History of the Rwenzururu Kingdom.
Diner and Overnight at Springs International Hotel or Sandton Hotel Kasese
Day 5: Wildlife Experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early Morning Breakfast at your Hotel
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning Game drive along the Crater drive, Mweya Peninsula and a stop over Kazinga. Stop over at the Equator for a Photo opportunity.
Continue to Bunyaruguru to visit the crater lakes and listen to historical stories about these numerous waterbodies.
Drive onwards to Kyamuhunga and stop over at Russel Uganda Tea Plantations for a tour in the Tea plantations.
Continue and arrive in Mbarara town “the land of Milk and Honey” in the Late Evening.
Diner and Overnight at Lake View Resort Hotel or Emburara Farm Lodge
Day 6: Ankole – Cultural Experience
Early morning breakfast at your Hotel
Transfer to Nshenyi cultural Village in Ntungamo District. The drive will take you through impressive countryside landscapes exploring the settlement of the local people before arriving in Ntungamo. Nshenyi is 30 minutes’ drive from Ntungamo town and about 1 hour from Mbarara town.
You participate in the traditional hand milking of the long horned Ankole Cattle, explore the 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 then retreat home.
You settle for traditional lunch which you can also participate in its preparation process and then attend to the craft making process, the impressive architectural huts’ tour and take a walk in the community to explore the way of life.
Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park after lunch 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.
Dinner and Over Night at Accommodation Facility in Kisoro
Day 7: Undertake the Batwa heritage trail
Embark on the Batwa Heritage trail exploration after breakfast. You connect to Mgahinga Park headquarters Ntebeko and get briefed before starting the trek to the forest following the Batwa trail in the company of Batwa guides detailing their great heritage embedded in their ancient home. You learn their wild honey harvesting means, the traditional medical plants, the tree houses, the hunting techniques, the edible roots and plants before arriving at Garama Cave which was the central place for their converging while still in the forest. The Batwa chief used to reside here. At cave, the Batwa women will treat you to 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. The Batwa trail takes 6 – 7 hours after which you retire for relaxation at the lodge.
Dinner and overnight
Day 7: Return to Mbarara, visit the 1520AD eclipse monument, Igongo cultural center, Nshara Farm & Lake Mburo National Park
Return to Mbarara and visit the Historical Ankole Kingdom Palace and other historical sites around Mbarara Town.
Travel onwards on Mbarara – Masaka road and stop over at the 1520AD eclipse monument overlooking the Igongo Cultural Center to explore the cultural attachment that is embedded in the total eclipse that took place in the 1520AD. The Cows of Ankole kingdom had been totally confiscated by King Olimi 1 of Bunyoro and the Banyankore were starving. And then a wonder happened when the King Olimi 1 was from raiding the cows of Rwanda and the total solar eclipse occurred when he had reached Biharwe. He and his men thought that something terrible was going to happen to them and they abandoned the cows and run to Bunyoro. When the eclipse was over, the Banyankore 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. Your retreat from the activity and 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.
You proceed on the drive to Lake Mburo National Park; have an afternoon game drive after which you will retire for Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock.
Day 8: Return to Kampala
Breakfast at 8:00am
Proceed to Kampala at exactly 9:00am.
Stop over at the Equator Kayabwe for a photo opportunity as this is where the world is divided into two Hemispheres. You may also want to buy some Souvenirs here for remembrance of the Pearl of Africa.
Arrive in Kampala and then Transfer to Entebbe in time for the flight back to your Country.