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$875/person

Like A Native: Mountain Gorillas And Cultural Safari

Nothing defines a country, makes it distinctive and unique like its culture. A cultural trip focuses on sharing different values and experiences so we get a deeper understanding of how people live, we develop positive images and relations between all societies involved.

Uganda is an incredible multi-cultural land, with over 56 distinctive tribes, all unique and proud, and they continue to practice their traditional customs to date. With this Like a Native: Mountain Gorilla and Cultural Safari we embark on an adventure that will expand your knowledge about the history of Uganda and its people while introducing you to the famous endangered Mountain Gorilla. We aim on increasing interaction between your culture and the different Ugandan cultures you will encounter.

 Agiire Travels supports conservation of cultural and artistic heritage and we encourage local prosperity for the non-traditional tourist destinations.  Join us and discover the history, art and people of Uganda, taste the different delicious Uganda cuisine, uncover well-kept Ugandan customs and enjoy first-hand, this unique perspective of the Pearl of Africa Uganda.

Included

  • Guiding for 6 days
  • Transportation in a minibus for 6 days
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in a double/twin room

Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Hiking gear and equipment

Bookable Extras

  • Lunch can be added for $49 per person

After breakfast, we will begin our journey west. The drive will take you westward over the Equator where we will stop for a photographic moment and have a coffee break at the Equator café and gallery. The café is run by the Aidchild Leadership Institute, a grassroots initiative that trains and equips youth living with HIV in Uganda. You can enjoy the beautiful art on display and freshen up with delicious coffee and snacks, all the while supporting a great charity.

We will stop in Mbarara for lunch then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park, at Ihamba Residence. Perched on a hill overlooking the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this small guest house is the perfect escape to experience the natural wonders that the Equatorial Rainforest has to offer. We love this small boutique guest house because it’s a perfect orchestration of an interdependent relationship between communities, wildlife and tourism. The lodge is managed by Change A Life Bwindi, a Community Based Non-Profit Organization. Check in and spend the evening at leisure as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle.

Dinner and overnight at Ihamba Residence.

Today you will have an early breakfast, then we will go on our gorilla trekking adventure experience. After registration, you will be divided according to the gorilla family you will be tracking, have a briefing about the Dos and Don’ts of gorilla trekking and then company of rangers and porters, you will embark on the adventure.

Mountain gorillas are in their natural habitat and are free to roam the forest as they please. Their typical day begins at 6:00 AM in the morning. They awake and begin roaming trying to look for food. Trackers, who start before us, try to follow them from the place where they slept. In the dry season gorillas may travel further in search for food, so the trek may be longer. In the wet season, the mountain gorillas don’t have to roam as far in search for food. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest like other species of monkeys, beautiful birds, reptiles and plants.

Despite the grueling hiking in the mountainous rainforest, the reward of spending time with these magnificent giants is well worth it. Spending time with the gorillas is quite fascinating, watching how human-like their behavior is, adults trying to catch naps, curious juveniles playing around, exploring the forest and visitors, mothers constantly fussing over their babies and the Silverback quietly but protectively watching over the group. The experience is indescribable. 

You have a picnic lunch in the forest, then return back to the lodge to freshen up. Spend the rest of the day at leisure as you recap your wonderful adventure with the mountain gorillas.

Dinner and overnight at Ihamba Residence

Today we will have a chance to immerse ourselves in the local cultures and traditions of the people who live around Bwindi Impenetrable forest. We will join Change A Life Bwindi to learn more about their work around the area. The organization works with the local communities, especially the marginalized Batwa “Pygmy” groups to uplift and support them with different initiative so they can earn a living and improve their livelihoods. We will spend the morning interacting with the community, learning from them and sharing our own experiences. We will then take a break for lunch.

After lunch, we will visit another Community Based Organization called Ride 4 A Woman. This wonderful initiative was set up to support the local women around the park struggling with issues associated with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and poverty. Supporting more than 300 women, this organization has been key in these women’s lives and their families.  We will learn more about their work and interact with the ladies, enjoy storytelling and traditional performances.

Return to Ihamba lodge for dinner and overnight.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will check out and head to Emburara Farm Lodge. This lovely locally owned lodge evolved from a simple cattle ranch to a stunning 27 suite luxury boutique lodge with amazing views over the undulating green hills of the West. The lodge allows visitors to experience the local Ankole Bahima culture without compromising on hospitality comforts. Each room exquisitely designed with sculptures and beautiful artwork adorning the walls. The rooms open up to private terraces overlooking mature well-kept mature botanical gardens where you can relax and really take in the rural environment.

Check in the hotel. And enjoy the sights and around the lodge. Relax with a book in the lovey gardens or by the pool.

Lunch dinner and overnight at Emburara Farm Lodge.

Today we will have the chance we get to totally immerse ourselves in the traditional Ankole lifestyles carried out by the pastoralists-the Bahima. The Bahima revere the long horned Ankole cattle and base their whole day according to activities around the cows. Indluge in activities like “Okukama” hand milking the cows, “Okuriisa”, herding the cattle, “Okweshera” taking them to the watering hole and so much more. Learn about the social set up, governance, arts, dressing and so much more.  You can have a gastronomical tour of some of the delicacies the Banyankole enjoy. In the evening choose to go on village walks, mountain biking, hiking, gardening, and so much more.

Dinner and overnight at Emburara Farm Lodge

Today we will check out and head Igongo Cultural Centre. This excellent quality museum is set on the grounds of a former palace of an Ankole king and is the best place to get an understanding about the tribes of Western Uganda, especially the Banyankole. You learn more about the cultural way of life the social settings of the family, traditional norms, art and dance.  You will also have lunch at their highly acclaimed restaurant where you can taste some of the delicious Ankole food.

We will then proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. This lovely park is the smallest in Uganda and is one of the most underrated park. With 5 lakes within its boundaries, this gem is the only park where the dainty Impala antelope which Kampala was named after, naturally exists. It is home to about 350 species of birds, giraffe, zebra, warthog buffalo, oribi, Deffassa waterbuck, leopard, hyena, reedbuck, topi and the largest of all antelope the Eland among others.  With the lack of Elephants and lion, Lake Mburo is one of the safest parks in Uganda. We will have a game drive as we head towards Rwakobo lodge. The lodge is a beautiful secluded and private lodge with only 8 comfortable and spacious cottages, set on a hill giving you amazing outlooks of the park and the animals grazing around. A water whole right beneath the rock draws thirsty animals throughout the day and its amazing to get to view game from right on your private terrace of your cottage.

After lunch we will go on a nature walk in the park. We will have the opportunity to walk with zebras, impala, giraffes and other animals. Alternatively you can choose to go on a mountain biking ride or horse riding in the park. All of these experiences are quite thrilling and exciting. They present for amazing photo shoots and unforgettable memories.

Return to Rwakobo lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Take a dip in the lovely infinity pool as you cool off from your exciting afternoon activities.

 Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock.

Today we will have a leisurely morning to enjoy the lodge. You will enjoy brunch and lazing around or exploring on your own. In the afternoon we will check out and head back to Kampala.  We will have a stop at the Equator Aidchild Leadership Institute for a coffee and tea break. You can purchase beautiful souvenirs for family back home, and for memories of your trip.

Proceed to Kampala where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

END OF SAFARI

Today we will have a leisurely morning to enjoy the lodge. You will enjoy brunch and lazing around or exploring on your own. In the afternoon we will check out and head back to Kampala.  We will have a stop at the Equator Aidchild Leadership Institute for a coffee and tea break. You can purchase beautiful souvenirs for family back home, and for memories of your trip.

Proceed to Kampala where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

END OF SAFARI

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