12 Days cultural experience of the wise men land
Explore the land of the renowned
Wise men of the east with its richly kept cultural secrets. The journey begins
with an exploration of the central Kampala city down to jinja the adventure
capital and home of the busoga, continue to Mbale and soroti where you will
explore the little beautiful sipi falls and the famous Nyero rock paintings.
Enjoy different cultural performances and experience as you explore the
different tribes of Karamajong down to Acholiland not to forget the wildlife
gem experience of Kidepo valley National Park.
Day 1 – Entebbe –
Upon arrival you will be net by our representative
who will warmly welcome you and brief you about your cultural experience in
Day 2 – Kampala
morning breakfast and we start off with a city/cultural introduction tour we
will visit the nagalabi coronation site, Katereke prison ditch, Kabaka’s
palace, Buganda parliament, Kabaka’s lake the largest manmade lake, museum and
in the evening we can retire to a
spectacular performance of a diverse breadth of cultural dances from all around
Day 3: Jinja- Mbale
journey heads out east of Uganda where
our first stopover will be at the ssezzibwa falls, a river that is believed to
have been born and the area houses a number of Buganda spirits. We continue to
mabira forest , visit the source of the Nile and Bujagali the spirit of river Nile,
the busoga palace and time allowing cultural
performance before continuing for dinner and overnight in Mbale.
Day 5: Mbale -Tororo
Early morning we trek through to sipi falls the
vegetation and plantations are spectacular as we make our way to the small
beautiful falls. The scenic views are also amazing from up there. The Sipi River creates about four sets of
incredible waterfalls as it descends down the valley. Later continue to visit Nyero Rock Paintings
and shelter near Kumi, the most ancient site of rock painting in Uganda.
Day 6 –
After breakfast drive to the Karamoja region for yet
another cultural encounter with this pastoralist tribe of the east. The area
also doubles with two reserves, pian Upe wildlife reserve and Bokora wildlife
reserve named after the people (the Karamajong of South and Central Karamoja),
This is a semi-arid alberated savannah with euforbias and acacias, where still
exists a small population of wildlife like ostriches, dik dik, hyenas and
buffaloes. Stop overs will be made for birding and to see Mount Napak, one of
the highest peaks of Karamoja, an extinct volcano area of archaeological sites.
Proceed with packed lunch up to Moroto, the capital town of Karamoja, on the
foothills of Mount Moroto. In the evening visit the Karamoja Museum and the
Day 7 – Karamoja
After breakfast, drive to the communities who
inhabit the mountains surrounding Moroto, the Tepez. These are the original
inhabitants of Karamoja, who were raided by other Karamajong tribes and seek
refuge on the slopes of the mountains, where are found their traditional
manyattas. Have an experience of their lifestyle, and do not forget a token of
appreciation for the community. In the afternoon visit the communities of the
Matheniko of the plains. These are semi-nomadic people and cattle keepers, also
known in the past for their raiding the cattle of the neighboring tribes. Visit
the typical homestead or “manyatta” to view the style of life. The Matheniko
also may perform their traditional dances or “edonja” as they dress on their
Day 8: Karamoja –
After breakfast, leave Moroto to Kidepo valley
National park passing through the areas of herdsmen with their cattle. Watch
out for the open beautiful plains where you may also see the Jie villages, a
small Karamajong ethnic tribe who can easily be recognized by the marks of
lines in their faces. They may perform for you just before proceeding to Kidepo
valley National Park.
Day 8 – Karamoja –
Early morning enjoy a morning game drive in the semi
arid plains of Kidepo Valley where you will be graced with a wide variety of
interesting wildlife and birds. Later continue and ascend the Morungole
Mountain for an encounter with the remaining Ik community who will treat you to
their acapella ballet and sell you their artifacts. Their elders are known for
reaching a very old age of even 100 years. Return to the lodge and enjoy the beautiful
sunset, go down the horizon.
Day 9 –
Kidepo Valley National Park
breakfast enjoy another game drive in this unique park. explore the region of
the river Narus valley. Kidepo contains one of the most exciting faunas of any
Ugandan parks, with over 80 species of mammals several of which restricted only
to Kidepo, like cheetah, striped hyena and caracal. The bird list boasts over
465 species. In the afternoon visit the
Day 10 – Kitgum and
Early morning visit the bird hide before continuing
to Acholiland for another cultural adventure parked experience.
Depending on the time you may also visit baker’s
fort a historically important fort. It was. A spot for the former Arab slave
traders that was confiscated by sir Samuel Baker who was sent by the queen to
fight slave trade.
Day 11 –
Early morning transfer back to Kampala, with a few
stopovers as deemed necessary.
Day 12: Departure
Depending on your flight time you may choose to
volunteer at a charity establishment before transferring to the airport to
catch a flight back home.