11 days Art, culture, wildlife safari

 

day 1: Galleries and art markets

Uganda is endowed with a very rich culture. visit Galleries and the art markets that have Ugandan art and sells quality paintings by local artists at affordable prices. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 2: Galleries and art markets

Early in the morning after breakfast your guide will pick you from your lodge and begin the days activities This will be the right day to interact with the urban art community and have some lectures and skills. You will have some exchange of experiences and ideas between local and foreign artists. Spend the day with an artist, painters, weavers, art schools, individual distinguished artists. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 3: Kampala- Entanda

Early in the morning transfer to Entanda which lies 60km to and from  Kampala city Center and offers experiences that can’t be found anywhere. Here you will experience the way of life of a rural Ugandan. Learn about food preparation, harvesting, bark cloth making, how to make medicinal wine. At the end of the day you will all dine together and enjoy the meal that you have prepared as the dancers do their thing. Dinner and overnight at Enro hotel in Mityana or leave for fort portal.

Day 4: Chimp tracking-Tingas homestead

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda and its famous for Chimpanzee tracking. Tracking begins at Kanyanchu and takes 3 or 4 hours. After you find them, spend an hour observing and taking photographs. Then return to the lodge for a rest then later in the evening will also enjoy a swamp walk in Bigodi located just outside the park, and enjoy guided walks. Bigodi is a home to 200 species of birds including the great blue turaco, papyrus gonoleks and flycatchers. You will see different types of monkeys, wetland mammals such as sitatungas, baboons and also bush bucks. Dinner and overnight in a local homestead.

Day 5: Tooro Basket weavery

Early after breakfast visit the different women groups and see how basket weaving has changed the women’s way of life and their families. Watch them as they weave baskets of all shapes and sizes using, natural materials. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth- Game drive and boat cruise

After an early breakfast you will  go for a morning game drive where you will expect to see a variety of animals as they arise. Later return to the lodge relax, have lunch. Enjoy an evening  boat cruise on Kazinga channel. While at Kazinga channel you will see hippos, buffaloes, elephants  on the banks as they come to quench their thirst plus a variety of bird species. Dinner and overnight in your lodge.

Day 7: Katara women Group

Katara women’s group is a women’s Poverty Alleviation Group that uses elephant dung to make paper gift bags and some of their other products which include paper beads, handmade baskets, and improved cookstoves. Watch the women as they take you through all the procedures in order to get a fine and finished product. Transfer to Bwindi for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking and Batwa

After an early breakfast, you will head to the briefing point for the do’s and don’ts while with mountain gorillas. Then rally behind your ranger for this exciting adventure with the mountain gorillas-gentle giants. The trekking time depends on the movement of the gorillas, but it is between 2- 8 hours once you have found them, spend an hour observing and taking pictures. Thereafter, relax at your lodge the whole evening. Visit the Batwa community and learn their way of life. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 9: Lake Mutanda and Mulehe trip

Lake Mutanda is one of the scenic lakes in Africa.Take a scenic canoe ride and visit the different caves and the batwa hideouts. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge.

Day: 10 Igongo Cultural centre -Cattle grazing

Early in the morningIgongo Cultural Centre is located in Mbarara, which is the most popular district in the Ankole Sub-region. From Uganda’s Capital Kampala, the countryside becomes flatter towards Mbarara with more and more banana plantations. There are lots of Ankole cattle grazing. Interact with cattle grazers and know their way of life from the time they go grazing up to the time they return to milk. Dinner and overnight in Igongo country hotel.

Day 11: Mpambire(drum making)-Depature

Drums in the African tradition bring the power that prompts performance. The presence of the drum unites Africans which is connected with the African societies. They are a simple of culture. Get to learn how to make a drum and buy one in Mpampire on our way back to kampala.