6 Days Uganda Cultural Tour
6 Days Uganda Cultural Tour, Uganda is not only rich in nature and wildlife, but also has an undiscovered, fascinating cultural heritage. Four major kingdoms and well-established chiefdoms are found in Uganda, all with their own different habits and lifestyles.
Our cultural tours give you the chance to explore the Pearl of Africa and learn about the vast, fascinating culture of the tribes in Uganda. Tour Kampala City for an introduction with some interesting historical sites.In your Uganda Safari you will marvel at the Source of the Nile where Speke discovered the true origin of the river Nile and experience a true cultural immersion…!
Day 1: Bulange and Lubiri Palace
We drive towards Mengo trading centre, a small modernized area within Rubaga division . Bulange serves as the traditional seat of Buganda Parliament; also recently closed CBS radio was located. It’s well known for its colonial architecture and enclosed wall as well as its strategic location on Mengo hill. Buganda elders and the King meet here to discuss vital issues concerning the kingdom’s status. The Lubiri once served as Mwanga’s palace.Learn and discover the history of this old and great kingdom. Get to also visit the Rubaga catholic cathedral and Kabaka’s lake which is opposite the newly constructed Pentecostal Cathedral church. Dine and lodge at Tal Cottages/ Namirembe Guesthouse.
Day 2: Kasubi Tombs
Kasubi hill was once the palace of Kabaka Suuna II and Mutesa and is the tradition in Buganda after a king dies; the place is abandoned so Kasubi was named a tomb serving as burial grounds for the kingdom rulers. The tombs are designed with poles, reeds and thatch and contain royal artifacts such as weapons,gifts, and musical instruments among others. Of recent its been under reconstruction after it was gutted by fire years back. Continue to Wamala tombs off the same road in Nansana, another once deserted palace. In the evening be treated to cultural music and dancing by the Ndere troupe who will entertain you with various cultural dances from different tribes all over the country. Dine and lodge at Tal Cottages/ Namirembe Guesthouse.
Day 3: Ssezibwa Falls
After a warm cup of tea head to the National Museum in Kamwokya a city suburb.It is the best and oldest museum in East Africa having deeply rooted collection all contributing to the background of Uganda as a nation. There are exhibits of different traditional Ugandan lifestyles, musical instruments from most parts of the continent among other things.We continue to Ssezibwa Falls east of Kampala, which was once a favorite spot for the Kabaka Mwanga and Mutesa who even planted trees there. This mysterious falls are believed to have been birthed by a woman who instead of giving birth to children came out with “Twin Rivers”.Ssezibwa and Mobeya, still believed to inhibit the river. The falls is attached to supernatural significance of the birth of twins up to today. Besides culture, the falls is a beautiful place with pretty waters, associated with fringing trees and a prolific bird list.Dine and lodge at Tal Cottages/ Namirembe Guesthouse.
Day 4: Katereke Prison
Katereke Prison ditch was constructed by Kabaka Kalema in the late 1880’s for those who opposed him. These were mainly his brothers and family members and he went further and massacred them in order to get rid of future succession.Instead this worsened his reign and later led to his fall. After lunch continue to Mbarara town. Mbarara was the heart of the defunct Ankole kingdom founded in the early 1500’s by the Bacwezi dynasty. The king was termed as “omugabe” and came from the Bahima clan. The Bahima depended on pastoralism and agriculture as a livelihood though few Bahima today are pastoralists but they are highly associated with owning huge herds of cattle.The Ankole cattle are quite different from other cattle elsewhere as its horns are longer and curved. Dine and lodge at Lake View Resort Hotel/ Classic Hotel.
Day 5: Lake Mburo
We drive to Lake Mburo national Park. Lake Mburo is named after one of two brothers who once lived in this place who drowned in a flood as a result of being stubborn despite his constant warnings. You will view different antelope species like, sitatunga antelope, the impalas for which Kampala is named after as you do a game drive through the park. After noon enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo and get a chance the beautiful scenery as well as seeing the other beautiful crater lakes like Lake Kigambwa. There are hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and bushbucks to admire. Not forgetting to mention, there are water birds to check out such as African kingfisher, Narina trogon among others. Stay overnight at Rwonyo Camp (budget)/ Mantana tented Camp (luxury)
Day 6: Salt Lick/Kampala
In the morning, go to the viewing platform and witness different animals coming to lick salt.If you are a committed birder, walk along the Rwizi trail that leads to Rubanga forest, an interesting site to birders mostly as it offers excellent birding. Lookout for mosque swallow, bare-faced go-away, and Ruppell’s long-tailed starling. Return to Kampala.
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