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14 Days Uganda Cultural Safari

14 Days, MISSION AND CULTURAL TOURS OF UGANDA

Day 1: Arrival for the tour – Uganda
You will be met upon arrival by one of our professional guides. Depending on time of arrival, we drive to the Ndere Cultural Center for cultural entertainment from the Ndere Troupe.

The Ndere Troupe is a group that brings you the magnificent performances from and around Uganda. The word “Endere” means flute hence the Flute troupe. The flute was chosen as a symbol of beauty and unity. Mr. Rwangyezi Stephen, who founded the Troupe in 1984, is convinced that art is one of the most powerful ways of transforming Ugandans into people who are proud of themselves.

Stay in Ndere Guesthouse/Metropole Hotel/Namirembe Guesthouse

Day 2: Visit Buddo Naggalabi Coronation Site, Bagalayazze and Katereke Prison Ditch – Uganda
After an early breakfast, we begin our Uganda Religious and Cultural Tour by driving to Buddo Naggalabi coronation site.

This is where the Kabakas of Buganda have been crowned for the past 700 years. It is said that Buganda accession ceremonies take place on Buddo hill because it’s believed that Buddo hill is where Kintu the first Kabaka of Buganda killed his brother Bemba and declared himself king in the 13th century. This is the most important single site in the Buganda culture and lies in the heart of Buganda kingdom. The coronation of Sabassajja Kabaka Ronald Kimera Mutebi II, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, took place at Naggalabi on 31st July, 1993.

Thereafter, proceed to Bagalayazze, burial grounds of the Queen mothers of Buganda. Spend the afternoon with the existing Queen mother of Buganda and share a meal prepared by her and her daughters.

In the afternoon, you will visit Katereke Prison Ditch.

Day 3: Visit Buganda’s Royal Tombs and Kabaka’s Lake – Uganda
After breakfast, we drive to the Kasubi Tombs. This is globally recognized as a major Heritage site. It is where four of the former Kings of Buganda were buried. It is a royal palace enclosure that was first built in 1881.

It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials, principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. The site's main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity. We then proceed to the Kabaka's Lake, one of the last few remaining man made water bodies in Uganda.

After lunch, we drive to the Namasole Kanyange Tombs.

These are located on a hillside overlooking the Wamala Tombs. The Tomb houses the body of Nnamasole Kanyange, the mother of Kabaka Ssuna II whose body was laid to rest at Wamala. The Tomb also houses the bodies of subsequent Nnamasoles (Queen mothers). The Tombs are an important place for rituals and ceremonies. They also contain a special drum used for calling Ssuna's spirit.

Stay at accommodation of choice.

Day 4: Transfer to Hoima, Visit the Karuzika Palace – Uganda
Today, we transfer to Hoima District while having scenic views of the beautiful green vegetation cover. We have a stopover at the Mparo Tombs, the royal burial grounds of the Kings of Bunyoro kingdom. Proceed to Hoima town for lunch. After lunch, visit the magnificent Karuzika palace of Bunyoro kingdom. This is the official residence of the king of Bunyoro.

Stay at accommodation of choice.

Day 5: Visit the Nakayima Shrine while transferring to Fort Portal – Uganda
After breakfast, we will head for Fort Portal. You will have a stopover at the Nakayima shrine. Here, there is a 400 year old tree with large root buttresses forming nooks and fissures cited on top of Mubende hill about 4km out of town.

The 213m hill with a flat table top, where the ancient palace once stood, provides an excellent view of Mubende town and the surrounding area. The shrine is visited by the locals paying homage to the matriarch Nakayima of the Bachwezi who are believed to be semi-gods.

Stay at accommodation of choice.

Day 7: Visit the Omukama’s Palace and the Karambi Tombs – Uganda
After an early breakfast, we visit the palace of the Omukama of Toro located on Fort Portal's highest hill.

Day 8: Transfer to Kitojo Tourist Home, Amabeere Ga Nyinamwiru – Uganda
After an early breakfast, drive to Kitojo Tourist Home in Kibale. Located in the crater lakes region, Kitojo tourist home is a strategic place from which to explore the marvelous crater lakes and formations that resulted from volcanic activity thousands of years ago.

Crater lakes like Nyaswiga, Nkuruba, Nyinambuga, and Lyantonde can be seen, or you may visit beautiful hills such as Kamigani. You may also have a village walk to homes in Kitojo or experience a memorable visit to the Rwaihamba community market, which operates every Thursday and Monday. In the afternoon, you will drive to Nyakasura historical cave locally known as Amabeere ga nyinamwiru (Breast Caves). It is locally believed that these were formerly breasts of the ancient princess of Chwezi Kingdom and that they were cut off and grew into a good scenic rock "dripping with milk". According to this legend, the beautiful girl, called Nyinamwiru, daughter of Bukuku, misbehaved and she was punished by cutting off her breasts. You will then take a visit to the several hills found in close proximity. A climb on these hills is a wonderful experience since it gives a scenic view of the ranges of the Mountains of the Moon.

Day 9: Village Walk – Uganda
On this day, we proceed to have a village walk around the Toro Community. You will have the unique opportunity to participate in the real life situation-cultural and socio-economic aspects of the local and rural communities.

You can see how the local people live, how they cook local food, how they dance and sing, their art, games, how they worship, their economic activities, their challenges, difficulties, and joys. This is done through Kitojo Integrated Development Association (KIDA), a local non-profit community organization actively engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention programmes. For those interested in spending time with the local community, learning from and participating in the local initiatives, doing research, or even wishing to serve as volunteers, Kitojo tourist home is the most suitable place to stay as it offers you opportunities to visit local families, meet and talk to individuals and groups such as women, youths including those living with HIV/AIDS.

In the afternoon, you may visit Fort Portal Boma Grounds or spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 10: Village Walk – Uganda
Today, you will visit the local communities living around Kibale moist forest. Referred to as the former Long Distance walk, it starts or finishes at Kanyanchu or Sebitoli. The people living around the park are mainly Batoro and Bakiga.

The Batoro are indigenous to the area while the Bakiga are immigrants from the densely populated south western part of Uganda. The Batoro take pride in the cultural heritage of the Toro kingdom, a scion of the ancient kingdoms of Africa's Great Lakes region. The Omukama (king) and the kingdom embody the traditional and cultural values of the Batoro. The Bakiga immigrants still maintain their tradition and culture as expressed in their folklore, dance and language. Kibale forest national park plays an important role in the lives of the local people who enjoy a variety of benefits from the forest. The forest provides them with many traditional forest products such as wild coffee, food, fuel wood, building materials and herbal medicines.

Day 11: Visit Kanungu while transferring to Kabale – Uganda
After breakfast, we drive to Kabale via Kanungu. This is the place where thousands of Catholics were burnt alive in an inferno.

Kanungu is a remote town where, in 2000, a religious cult, led by Joseph Kibwetere, burnt to death thousands of Catholics after brainwashing them with stories that if they sold all their property and gave the proceeds to him, they would have a guaranteed pass to heaven.

We reach Kabale in the late evening.

Stay at accommodation of choice.

Day 12: Visit Home of Edirisa and traditional cathedrals in Kabale – Uganda
After breakfast, we drive to Home of Edirisa. Edirisa has got three physical locations; the Heart at Lake Bunyonyi (Bufuka village), the Home in Kabale town and the Gardens at Nkozi.

The Home of Edirisa is a place that provides an insight in to the Kiga culture. It is located in Kabale town and it showcases various aspects of the Kiga culture. The Home of Edirisa has been arranged around an amazing museum which was established by Festo Karwemera, a respected elder of the Bakiga tribe.

Thereafter, visit Rugarama and Rushoroza Cathedrals.

Day 13: Transfer to Kampala – Uganda
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Kampala arriving in the late evening.
Stay at accommodation of choice

Day 14: Departure – Uganda
This is the last day of our Uganda Religious and Cultural Tour. We transfer to the airport, after breakfast, arriving in time for your departure flight back home.

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