This experience is ideal for students and backpackers interested in experiencing authentic African lifestyle. It entails camping in village communities with brief excursions to nearby game parks for wildlife experiences— a fun educative experience designed to give you the best of Ugandan culture.
It is common wisdom that contact with new cultures expands your worldview and turns you into a well adjusted individual. On this trip you will stay in two village community and learn how the locals live and work. You will participate in a community project, take village excursions, watch traditional dances, listen to traditional songs, and travel through open country unchanged by the sweeping tide of modernity.
For the traveller looking for a break from the bustle of modern living, or yearning to experience authentic rural life, this trip is a dream package. It can be adjusted for light activity, adventurous activity….. name it, our CEO will customise this itinerary to suit your wish.
One highlight of the trip is a wild life excursion to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Experience the best of Africa’s wild in Uganda’s most popular game park. Activities include classic wildlife safaris, boat cruises and game tracking. Alternatively, just relax at the lodge and watch elephants munching on trees just outside your window.
If that does not knock your socks off, wait till you meet one of the world’s oldest and most longstanding communities. The Twa, or Batwa, are original indigenous inhabitants of this region and have survived the influence of successive waves of migration by living in dense mountain jungles.
The Twa of Mgahinga Mountains are one of the last surviving communities of this ancient people whose culture has remained intact for thousands of years.
You will enter Uganda via Entebbe International Airport where our Chief Experience Officer CEO will be waiting to pick you up. Look out for someone holding a placard with your name. He will welcome you, drive you to your hotel, brief you on what to expect the following day, and help you settle in. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask our CEO.
Optional: Night Life
We depart early for Masindi town, a small quiet town in the western part of Uganda. The drive is through relatively flat country with vast open fields, cattle ranches, planted forests, rice fields and banana plantations.
We’ll make a scheduled stop at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a sighting of the endangered white rhino species, and continue to Masindi where we will have our lunch and check into the hotel.
After lunch we head to Boomu women’s village. You’ll be given a guided tour of the village, meet the staff at the project areas; Boomu nursery and primary school, the handcrafts project, and the clinic project. We return to Masindi in the evening.
After breakfast, we go straight to the project areas. If the group is big, you’ll be divided between the local school, the clinic, and the handcraft making project. You’ll spend the day working with the women in the project (packed lunch is provided) and return to Masindi town in the evening.
We depart early for a game drive in Murchison Falls National park. You’ll have the opportunity to see wild animals like warthog, hyena, elephant, Uganda Kobs and giraffes. Lunch is the park’s student centre, after which we’ll take a cruise on the world’s second longest river, the Nile, where you can catch sighting of hippos bathing, and crocodiles reclining by the banks. We head back to Masindi in the evening.
We leave Masindi early and head south to the scenic foot hills of Rwenzori Mountains where you will spend three days in Ruboni village. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. Our first scheduled stop is the beautiful town for Fort Portal. We’ll stop for lunch and stretch our legs before proceeding to Ruboni Community Camp.
The day begins with a guided tour of Ruboni village after which you will meet the staff at the project areas: forest conservation, sustainable agriculture, conservation awareness and women’s saving cooperative. You’ll be briefed on what you’ll be doing during your stay and head back to the camp to relax and enjoy the beauty of the scenery.
After breakfast, we go straight to the project areas. If the group is big, you’ll be divided between the forest conversation, conservation awareness, and the women savings group. You’ll spend the day working with the women in the project (packed lunch is provided) and return to camp in the evening.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular and most visited tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savannah, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. On arrival, we will have an evening game drive.
We’ll head out before sunrise to catch the first rays of light and search for wildlife like elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, kob, and many warthogs. We’ll have a packed lunch and visit Lake Katwe also known as the salt lake, interact with the local communities, visit a women’s community group; you can support their efforts by purchasing a souvenir. We will then game drive back to the lodge.
Today we head to Kisoro, a part of Uganda is arguably the greenest and most beautiful. Kisoro town is located in the foothills of the Muhavura ranges where the some of the last Twa communities reside. Batwa are the original inhabitants of Uganda and are related to the Khoi-San of the Kalahari.
We set off early for a trek through the forests of Mgahinga in the company of the indigenous Batwa guides. It’s an exciting experience to have these guides interpret the forest landscape in the context of their traditional life. The Batwa are forest people and have lived in these forests since being displaced by the agrarian Bantu and pastoral Hima populations that live in the surrounding plains tens of centuries ago.
You will learn about their honey harvesting techniques, traditional medicinal plants, edible roots, and be treated to traditional songs and dances that have been performed in these forests for centuries.
We’ll have our final game drive after breakfast and head out for Kampala. We’ll make a quick stop for lunch at the Equator and arrive in Kampala in late in afternoon. You’ll check into your hotel, relax and prepare to experience nightlife in Kampala.
After breakfast, we will go on a Kampala City tour and visit places of interest. Lunch will be in an area of the city. We will then drive to the airport for your late night flight back home.
Trekking Timmy offers group and private tours. The maximum number for one group is twelve (12).
Overland trips are made in vans, four-wheel vehicles, and mini-buses depending on the nature of the trip. Some trips, like inter-city tours, feature trails for walking, cycling and motor biking. Some drives are long. You are advised to carry some snacks and personal entertainment if possible. Audio flash drives can come in handy.
All our vehicles are kept in excellent condition, but in the event that your vehicle breaks down, please be patient. Our drivers have basic mechanical training and can solve such problems.
Most trips start at the crack of dawn so make friends with your alarm clock if you’re not an early riser. The drives are tailored with children in mind, meals are served at convenient times, and there are options for mid-range accommodation, luxury accommodation, and camping/backpacker facilities depending on your taste.
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Your FIRST-AID KIT should contain Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen , Malaria pills, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamine, Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.