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 – Kampala

Upon arrival you will be net by our representative who will warmly welcome you and brief you about your cultural experience in Uganda.

Day 2 – Kampala

Early 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 Uganda.

Day 3: Jinja- Mbale

Our 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.

Day4: 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 – Karamoja Region

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 local market.

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 traditional clothes.

Day 8: Karamoja – Kidepo

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 – Kidepo

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

After 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 hotsprings

Day 10 – Kitgum and the Acholiland

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 – Kampala

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.