Day 1: Home Airport—Entebbe International Airport
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
Day 2: Masindi, Boomu Women’s Group
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.
Day 3—4: Masindi, Handcraft Project
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.
Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park, Game Drive
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.
Day 6: Masindi—Ruboni Community Camp
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.
Day 7: Ruboni Village
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 in the following two days and head back to the camp to relax and enjoy the beauty of the scenery.
Day 8—9: Ruboni Village
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.
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park
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.
Day 11: Queen Elizabeth National Park; Game Drive, Community Tour
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.
Day 12: Kisoro, Mgahinga National Park
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.
Day 13: Mgahinga Forest, Batwa Heritage Trail
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.
Day 14: Kampala
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.
Day 15: Kampala City Tour—Airport
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.
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