This 8 day 7 night tour provides an immersive experience of Ugandan history and culture. You will have multiple opportunities to interact with the local people 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 made a positive impact 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. Traveling through this beautiful country will give you a clear picture of why Uganda is called the “Pearl of Africa”.
Welcome to Uganda! Upon arrival, you will be met by an Off Season Adventures representative who will escort you to your safari vehicle and introduce you to your driver and guide. You will have the afternoon to relax and contemplate the amazing Uganda experience ahead!
Today you will head to Kibale Forest National Park which is home to a total of 70 mammal species and most famously 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee. Upon arrival in the afternoon proceed to the Top of the World Hike which takes you to villages, craters, lakes, tea plantations, and incredible views. The hike begins at Lake Nyabikere (meaning lake of frogs) and continues through grasslands and local communities. Expect to be greeted by villagers with enthusiastic waves and to observe 3 or 4 species of primates during the walk.
This morning embark on a chimp trekking adventure in Kibale National Forest. An experienced Uganda wildlife ranger will escort you through this experience which lasts an average of three hours and gives you the opportunity to view thirteen other species of primates in addition to the chimps. After lunch you will visit sustainable community projects to learn about critical conservation issues from the local people. Understand in depth how ethical and fair trade tourism works by visiting these projects funded by tourists that provide clean water, education, primary health care, and women and youth empowerment for rural communities.
After breakfast, you will have a full day to experience community life in rural Uganda. Start the day with a visit to a local plantation where you will pick tea with the locals. Then head to the heart of the village, the kitchen, to learn how to prepare tasty local delicacies and indulge in your efforts. After your meal, take a guided tour of the village’s handicraft workshop. You’ll observe how these traditional crafts are created by the local women and even get to try weaving yourself. To finish this day of culture and community, you will be treated to 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)
Today you will have the opportunity to assist the African Sustainable Tourism Cares Foundation (ASTCF) with one of their local community projects. You will work alongside local villagers and be able to give something back while traveling. Gain a deeper understanding of how tourism can support grass-root development initiatives in rural Uganda. Projects include clean water, sanitation, renewable energy, environmental conservation, and women and youth empowerment. These initiatives are an incentive for local people to conserve culture and traditions as well as wildlife and the natural environment.
After breakfast, leave the countryside for the city of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The city is bordered by Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. It offers a multitude of historical and cultural attractions for visitors to explore. Upon arrival, you will embark on a city tour that will include such sites as the Gadaffi Mosque, Kabaka’s Palace, Idi Amin’s torture chambers, the Ba’hai temple, and local restaurants and craft markets. End the day with a local meal and a traditional music and dance performance at the Ndere Cultural Center.
On this day you will journey to Sezibwa Falls just east of Kampala. A trip to the falls will give you insight into the Buganda Kingdom. This location is part of their culture, history and traditional belief system. After this magical trip head back to Kampala and end your day with a multi-cultural performance and a dinner consisting of local dishes.
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 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 itinerary
- Contribution to the 501(c)(3) organization Second Look Worldwide
- Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
- Driver transfers 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
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
THIS 8 DAY, 7 NIGHT TOUR PACKAGE STARTS AT ONLY $3640 PER PERSON, DOUBLE CAPACITY.
50% of the total package cost must be paid 90 days before travel to retain your reservation, and the balance must be paid 60 days prior to the date of arrival.