Join us on the Uganda Cultural Tour!
8 Day, 7 Night
This tour provides an immersive experience of Ugandan history and culture. You will have multiple opportunities to interact with the locals and participate in cultural activities like farming, tasting fresh local foods, basket weaving, preparing local dishes, and watching cultural performances. You’ll visit the Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation’s community projects and learn about critical human rights and conservation issues from the local people. You’ll have the chance to volunteer with one of these projects and leave knowing your trip positively impacted and benefited the local economy.
In addition to these incredible cultural experiences, you will have the opportunity to visit chimpanzees in their natural habitat in Kibale National Park. This tour is perfect for families of all sizes and generations and entirely customizable to meet your travel style, needs, and interests. Traveling through this beautiful country will give you a clear picture of why Uganda is called the “Pearl of Africa.”
Welcome to Uganda! Upon landing at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a member of the Off Season Adventures staff who will escort you to your vehicle. You will meet your driver and guide and be transferred to your accommodations. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore and ponder the Uganda cultural tour ahead!
Your Uganda adventure starts with a transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. The park is home to 13 species of primates and most famously the chimpanzee. After your arrival in the afternoon head to the Top of the World Hike. This experience takes you through a lush green environment and provides many opportunities to view primate species, butterflies, and many types of birds. Listen close for the howling of the Colobus Monkey or the Wood Owl calling its partner. The hike also takes you by local villages, craters, lakes, and tea plantations. You can expect to be greeted enthusiastically by many local community members.
This morning you’ll participate in the incredible experience of chimp trekking in Kibale National Forest. You will be accompanied by a Uganda wildlife ranger on a 2-3 hour adventure through the forest to locate the chimps. Once you find them you’re allowed an hour in their presence so make the most of the time you have with these incredible creatures. In the afternoon you will visit community projects and meet with local people to learn about conservation issues that impact their daily lives. These projects are funded by tourists and provide education, health care, women and youth empowerment, and clean water to these communities. You will leave with a better understanding of the benefits of ethical and fair trade tourism.
Today you will have the opportunity to experience many facets of community life in rural Uganda. Your first stop will be to a local tea plantation where you’ll learn about the production process, help pick the tea, and be able to taste some of the product. For lunch you will journey to the heart of the village, the kitchen. First learn how to prepare local dishes and delicacies and then indulge in your endeavor. Following lunch take a tour of the village handicraft workshop and observe how these crafts are made. You’ll be able to try weaving yourself and shop for some unique souvenirs. Finish the day with a performance of traditional Ugandan music and dance.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Visit a tea plantation and tasting
- Cooking class with local women
- Lunch that was prepared during the class
- Visit and demonstration of women’s weaving cooperative
- Traditional dance and musical performance
- Overnight and dinner at Fort Motel (Boutique) / Mountain of the Moon Hotel (Luxury)
After breakfast, you will head back to the village to assist the African Sustainable Tourism Cares Foundation (ASTCF) with one of their community conservation projects. You’ll have the opportunity to positively contribute to these initiatives while working alongside community members. The projects focus on women and youth empowerment, clean water, renewable energy, sanitation, and environmental conservation. You’ll gain a deeper understanding on how these efforts are incentives for local people to conserve culture and traditions along with the natural environment and local wildlife.
On this day, head to the capital city of Uganda, Kampala. Located on the border of Lake Victoria, the city provides a myriad of interesting attractions for visitors to experience. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will participate in a city tour that will cover many of the city’s historic and cultural sites including the Gadaffi Mosque, the Ba’hai temple, and local craft markets. This evening, you’ll enjoy a local meal at the Ndere Cultural Center accompanied by a traditional music and dance performance.
This morning head east to Ssezibwa Falls. The location of the falls is a major part of the history and traditional belief system of the Buganda Kingdom. The trip will give you a glimpse into the culture of this kingdom and the importance the falls have to these people. Your day will end with a traditional meal at the Ndere Cultural Center along with a multi-cultural performance.
Today marks the end of your Uganda adventure. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your flight home.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Transfer to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your trip home
- Your local, experienced driver with many years of guiding tours in Uganda
- Lodging in Uganda on a full room and board basis
- Entrance fees for all National Parks and Conservation Areas
- Chimp Trekking permit (1 per person)
- Ranger guides for the Chimp Trekking
- All cultural activities and excursions on the itinerary
- Contribution to the 501 (c)(3) organization Second Look Worldwide
- Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
- Driver transfer to and from airports
- Wire Transfer and other banking fees
What’s Not Included?
- International flights to & from Uganda
- Tips for your drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
- Alcoholic beverages
- Traveler’s insurance, highly encouraged
- Souvenirs and gifts
- Baggage weight overages, if applicable
- Any incidental expenses
- Anything from room service or the hotel minibar
- Any visas required for entry into Uganda
- Any Covid-19 tests required for entry into Uganda
Banana Eco Village- 3 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis
Fort Motel- 4 nights, Full Room & Board Basis
K Hotels- 3 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis
Mountain of the Moon Hotel- 4 nights, Full Room & Board Basis