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Ugandan Cultural Expedition

Immerse yourself in the Culture of Uganda and the Beauty of its Scenery and Exotic Wildlife!

Worldaway Tours presents a Vacation unlike any other! Experience the Ugandan Way of Life and Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Africa on the Ugandan Cultural Expedition!

On one of the most diverse continents on Earth, you’ll experience breathtaking natural wonders, rare birds, animals, and vegetation, and interesting groups of people that will all combine to create the trip of a lifetime!

The Ugandan Cultural Expedition starts off with the stunning Murchison National Park Trip with a stop at the Boomu Women’s Group on the way. Witness a rural community run by these women and have the chance to join a cooking tour along with many other activities with the group!

Murchison National Park includes an early morning Game Drive to see the nocturnal species of the area and then a Boat Cruise along the Nile! Witness thousands of species including big game like lions, antelope, giraffes, buffalo, and elephants!

Day 4 marks a journey to the Hoima District, home of the amazing landscapes of the Albertine Rift, before experiencing the Kibiro Salt Gardens and Hot Springs. Enjoy the hike to the salt gardens in the awe-inspiring scenery before learning the means of salt extraction and how the locals create immense income through the natural wonder!

The next stop on the Ugandan Cultural Expedition is a tour of Fort Portal. Experience the magic and folklore of the area in the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves and the Fort Portal Crater Field that includes scenes of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon).

The Ugandan Cultural Expedition also offers a morning chimpanzee trek and Bigodi Swamp Ecotourism Site before the night’s stay at the Isuna Lodge. This amazing opportunity is followed by the breathtaking Queen Elizabeth National Park that is home to hundreds of different animal species that you’ll come up close and personal with on the Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise!

You’ll then enjoy a Morning Game Drive on the Savannah Plains before the beautiful road trip to Lake George, an experience that will take up your entire morning before you evening’s transfer to the Ishasha Sector and an evening Game Drive.

Day 9 of the Ugandan Cultural Expedition shows you everything that the wonderful Ishasha Sector has to offer, including the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the amazing Climbing Lions that await their prey in the hanging branches.

And don’t forget about the legendary Gorillas! Witness them in their natural habitat on a Day Trek for close encounters and photo ops with these amazing animals before an evening excursion into the community to engage with the ancient Batwa Pygmies!

The Ugandan Cultural Expedition still has some adventure left as you’ll enjoy a high ropes course and zip-lining adventure. Soar the through the trees and across Lake Bunyoni (The second deepest lake on the continent!) before a breathtakingly beautiful Sunrise Boat Cruise around the lake the next morning.

The Culture of Banyankole is next on display in the Lake Mburo National Park, home of rare species of zebras, giraffes, Topis, and Antelopes.

Day 13 offers a dive into the Enyemebwa Center to experience the rich history of the natives before experiencing the wonder of the Savannah Acacia Landscapes on Safari!

The last day of the Ugandan Culture Expedition will end the trip on a high note with a Bush Walking Safari putting hundreds of African Species on display. See the interactions between Giraffes, Zebra, Topis, Water Bucks, and Warthogs in their Natural Habitat, and then visit the Uganda Equator for amazing photo opportunities!

No previous knowledge is required for you to enjoy this tour. Our Professional Tour Guides will teach you everything you need to know along the way!

Enjoy time with fellow travelers and stay in high quality accommodations. Whether you come for the people, the animals, or the scenery, the Ugandan Cultural Expedition will be the trip of your life!


  • Day 1: Arrival in Uganda/Welcome Dinner & Orientation

     

    When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be greeted by the driver/guide who will drive you to the pre-booked lodge.

    Evening: Welcome dinner time then orientation about the entire trip from one of our experienced tour guides.

    Depending on your time of arrival, our cultural expert will take you through different aspects pertaining to culture, history, traditions, people and food among others.

    Lecture: The unique culture of Central Uganda.

    Accommodation: Cassia Lodge.

  • DAY 2: Murchison Falls National Park via BOOMU Women's Group

    Breakfast at your accommodation in Kampala.

    Embark on the trip to Murchison Falls National Park in the north of Uganda, a journey of 311km, about 5 hours’ drive.  You traverse through the undulating hill slopes of Nakasongola.

    Stopping along the way at BOOMU Women’s Group; Just outside the Kichumbanyobo Gate, the simple Bandas (thatched-roofed huts) here are run by local women and offer an insight into how rural Ugandans live.  The money helps raise funds for a local preschool.  There is also a fascinating cooking tour among other activities.

    Lecture: About the culture of this North-west region of Uganda, traditional dances, crafts, etc.

    After this, you will continue on the drive to Murchison Falls National Park where you can relax before dinner.

    Evening Lecture: About Murchison Falls National Park.

    Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge.

  • DAY 3: Morning Game Drive + Boat Cruise along the Nile

    Today you will wake up very early to go for a Morning Game Drive where you will have a chance to spot early risers and nocturnal species before they return to their hideouts.

    Traverse the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park before returning later to the lodge for breakfast.

    Murchison Falls National Park, the largest and most beautiful National Park in Uganda. It hosts 4/5 of the big 5 animals and also is home to one of the most spectacular and powerful waterfalls in the world so far. The 3,893km sq. park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including Lions, Giraffes, Jackson’s Hartebeests, Antelopes, Buffalo, and Elephants. For the birders, you will enjoy a cock tail of them as these areas support the Secretary bird and the Black Chested Snake Eagle, to name a few.

    In the afternoon you will go for a boat cruise along the Victoria Nile to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7 meter gorge plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert.  Lots of bird diversity can be spotted and numerous animals resting and drinking water along the banks of the Nile.  The most common ones being Hippos, Buffaloes, Nile Crocodiles and birds include, the African Fish Eagle, Yellow Billed Stork, Egyptian Goose, Egrets, Malachite Kingfisher among others.

    The launch cruise will take you close to the falls’ base where you will be shown the spot where Ernest Hemingway’s plane crashed during sightseeing tour to Murchison Falls in 1954.

    You can then get off the boat and go hiking up the side of the falls to the top.

    After the cruise, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner.

    Lecture: About the legendary Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, learn about the ancient times of this region, their rich history, recent past, and so much more about Hoima district generally.

    Evening: Relax and enjoy some free time.

    Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge.

  • DAY 4: Transfer to Hoima District - Visit Kibiro Salt Gardens + Bunyoro Kitara Cultural Trail

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    After breakfast, embark on the journey to Hoima District.  Drive through pleasantly undulating landscapes of the Albertine Rift before making a stopover at Kibiro Salt Gardens and Hot Springs en route to the steep shores of Lake Albert.  You venture into the traditional means of salt extraction and learn how locals in this area have made a fortune out of this natural feature.  The hike to the salt gardens is an adventurous experience of its own.
    Other important cultural sites to visit include; Bunyoro Kingdom palace, the town of Hoima, etc.

    Retreat from this activity and move on to your lodge for relaxation and dinner.

    Evening Lecture: About the history of Tooro Kingdom, the mysterious caves of Amabere Ga’nyinamwiru, Karambi tombs, & other cultural sites.

    Accommodation: Hoima Cultural Lodge.

  • DAY 5: : Travel to Fort Portal, visit the Amabere Ga’nyinamwiru caves, Fort Portal Crater Lake area and Tooro Kingdom palace

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    Today you embark on the transfer to Fort Portal Area about 5 hours’ drive, traversing the rural sceneries and traditional homesteads of Kagadi District before suddenly getting into Kyenjojo & eventually Fort Portal Town.

    We take a rest before continuing to the cater fields & Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru for lunch, then drive to visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves which is an ancient site with great traditional significance attached to the natives.

    The Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru literally translated in Rutooro as the “breasts of Nnyinamwiru” are breast like features that are arguably believed to have been the breasts of Nnyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku a selfenthroned king of the Bachwezi who chopped off her breasts and hung them in protest of her father’s decision that denied her an opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura.

    From this activity, you proceed to hike the Fort Portal Crater Field, the magnificent Nyakasura Hills that overlook Fort Portal Town & summiting the towering Kyeganywa Hill offers you impressive vistas of the crater lakes & crater hollows below & the distant views of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon”, Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day.

    Retreat for relaxation and dinner.

    Evening lecture:
    Kibale Forest National Park, the popular Bigodi community – a true example of harmonious living between wildlife and people.

    Accommodation:
    Isunga Lodge.

  • DAY 6: Chimpanzee Trekking & Bigodi Wetland Walk

    Early breakfast at the Lodge.

    Today we drive to Kanyanchu, Kibale Park headquarters, by 8.00a.m for chimpanzee pre-trekking briefing by the park staff.  The Chimpanzee trekking experience tends to last 2 – 5 hours and includes one hour of direct encounter with these amazing creatures.

    In addition to chimps, Kibale Forest is home to other primates including the Red-tailed & Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Phoestes, Blue & Red-Colobuses.  There are many beautiful birds’ species, butterflies & many small insects as well.

    A visit to Bigodi Swamp Ecotourism Site, given its astounding flora & fauna, will be worth it too. The swamp has numerous populations of birds, a wide range of over 138 different species of birds including the Great Blue Turaco, & swamp animals like Sitatunga Antelope.

    Retreat from this activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and dinner.

    Evening: Free time to enjoy your surroundings.

    Accommodation: Isunga Lodge.

  • DAY 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park + Afternoon Cruise along Kazinga Channel.

    After breakfast, undertake a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the South of Kibale, a journey of 157km about 3 hours’ drive.  Traverse through the magnificent plain landscapes of Kasese and Rwenzori Mountains and proceed straight to Mweya Jetty for an afternoon boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel.
    The Kazinga Channel stretches to 45km in length at one time had much concentration of Hippopotamus population in the region until the management decided to carry out culling in 1960s.  You enjoy the wide views of the Nile crocodiles & other wild game quenching their thirst on the waters of Kazinga Channel and flocking its shores on a hot day.

    Retreat from the 2 hour activity; engage in an afternoon game drive along the channel track as you head to the lodge for relaxation and dinner.

    Evening Lecture: About Queen Elizabeth National Park & culture of its key communities as a biosphere reserve.

    Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Park View Lodge.

  • DAY 8: Morning Game Drive, Visit Lake George then Transfer to Ishasha Sector

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    After a morning cup of African coffee, engage in an early game drive in the undulating Savannah Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the extensive Kasenyi Tracks to explore the park’s unique scenery marked with numerous herds of wildlife including Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Water Bucks, Jackals and flocks of unfamiliar bird species.
    Make a stopover at Lake George to visit with the community and local fishermen.

    The game drive normally lasts for 3 – 4 hours after which you return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch before you transfer to Ishasha sector for a short evening game drive as you head to the lodge.

    Evening: Dinner at the lodge and some free time for relaxation.

    Accommodation: Enjojo Lodge.

  • DAY 9: Morning Game Drive in Ishasha & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    Today we embark on a trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the South Western part of Uganda. You undertake a game drive in this part of the park searching for the tree climbing Lions.
    Ishasha Sector is home to the infamous climbing Lions together with other wild game that dwell in this woodland part of the park. The tree climbing Lions prefer to lie flat on fig tree branches in the mid-morning sun while waiting for their prey.

    After this encounter, we proceed on the drive to Bwindi arriving in the evening for a cultural lecture, relaxation and dinner.

    Evening Lecture: Batwa Communities & other key cultural aspects of this park.

    Accommodation:
    Rushaga Gorilla Haven’s Lodge.

  • DAY 10: Gorilla trekking & visit the batwa pygmies.

    Early breakfast at the lodge.

    Today you will take a packed lunch, have a briefing by the game guides at the park headquarters and start your Gorilla trail.
    Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the Gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience.  This encounter takes between 2 to 9 hours & is the highlight of an Africa Exploration Safari.
    You will only have 1 hour of close contact with these calm gentle Apes, to take pictures & get acquainted with them.  You are free to shoot as many photos as you desire before you retreat from the activity to return to the starting point.

    In the evening, traverse the communities in the neighborhood to encounter the ancient Batwa Pygmies.

    Evening: Free time to enjoy your surroundings.

    Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Haven’s Lodge.

  • DAY 11: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. High ropes adventure & zip lining.

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    After a relaxed breakfast, you will undertake a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, across Kigezi Highlands that are magnificent with wonderful views of the Virunga Mountains.
    Arrive in time, relax at the lodge, & have lunch.

    After lunch, head for the adventurous high ropes challenge & zip line across Africa’s 2nd deepest lake; one of the most adventurous challenges you’ll never forget.

    Evening: Dinner and time to relax after such an exciting day.

    Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort.

  • DAY 12: Sun rise boat cruise at Lake Bunyonyi. Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

    Breakfast at your resort.

    Spend the entire morning at Uganda’s deepest lake, dubbed the “lake of a thousand Islands”.  You explore the attractive landscapes of the lake & impressive relief of Kigezi Region.  Reach out to some of its 29 Virgin Islands amidst the pleasantly undulating hills of Kigezi.

    After this, embark on the trip to Lake Mburo National Park, a journey of 199km, about 4 – 5 hours’ drive, traversing the impressive plain lands in the countryside of South Western Uganda.  Enter through Nshara Gate & continue to your lodge for relaxation and dinner.

    Evening Lecture: About the culture of Banyankole – the dominant tribe in this region, secret behind their beloved long – horned cows, traditional practices, language, cultural tools, etc.

    Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages.

  • DAY 13: Cultural tour + game drive

    Breakfast at the cottage.

    This morning you will take a trip to visit Enyemebwa Center to experience the rich history of the natives that inhabit this location, including their traditional Ankole long horned cattle, their impressive arts and crafts, traditional homestead, interesting music and cultural dances.
    Retreat from the encounter and have lunch.

    Embark on a fascinating game drive safari in the evening to explore the magnificent Savannah Acacia landscapes with gentle rolling hills marked with the extrusive Kopje rocks and other ancient Precambrian rocks that have existed in that location for the past 500 million years.  The animals which can be encountered include; Impala Antelope which only exists in this small but rich Lake Mburo National Park, Burchell’s Zebra, Rothschild Giraffes, Topis, Eland Antelopes, Buffaloes, Water Bucks, Warthogs, among other wildlife.  This activity takes about 3 – 4 hours.

    Evening: Relax and enjoy your surroundings..

    Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages.

  • DAY 14: Bush walking safari then Transfer to Kampala via The Uganda Equator

    Breakfast at the cottage.

    After breakfast, embark on a fascinating bush walking safari after the sunrise to explore the magnificent Savannah Acacia landscapes with gentle rolling hills marked with the extrusive Kopje rocks and other ancient Precambrian rocks that have existed in that locality for the past 500 million years.  The animals which can be encountered include; Impala Antelope (which only exists in this small but rich national park, Lake Mburo National park), Burchell’s Zebra, Rothschild Giraffes, Topis, Water Bucks, Warthogs, among
    other wildlife.

    After lunch, undertake the transfer back to Kampala, a journey of about 240km, approximately 4 hours’ drive.  You will make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for an amazing photo session for memories.

    Arrive in Kampala late in the evening for a group Graduation Celebration Dinner, & issuing of certificates to mark the end of your 15 Day Cultural Learning Tour in Uganda.

    Accommodation: Cassia Lodge.

  • DAY 15: Departure Day

    Return transfers to Entebbe International Airport.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

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*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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The Uganda Cultural Expedition (15 Days)

The Ultimate Ugandan Adventure!
US$ 4070
  • 3+ Star Hotels w/Daily Breakfast
  • Double or Twin Share w/Bathroom (Single Room Supplement: +US$165)
  • Visit Murchison Falls, Cruise the Nile River, Zip-Lining & much more!
  • Explore 6 Unique Ugandan Cultures
  • 10 Additional Fully Guided Day Tours & Game Drives
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • Unique Gorilla Trekking Experience!
  • including:
  • Accommodation w/Meals, Bilingual Guide, Daily Transportation and Excursions
  • Certificate of Completion

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