9 Days Uganda Cultural Summary

9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

Overview of the 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

This 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour is one of the comprehensive Uganda cultural tours in Uganda that features various cultural sites and tribes of Uganda. This 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo tour explores the Nakayima heritage tree in Mubende, the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves which are breasts like features believed to be dating back to the Bachwezi era, the Fort Portal Crater lake field, the Nshenyi Cultural village exploring the Banyankole Culture including a great time with the beautiful Ankole long-horned cattle, the Batwa heritage trail in Mgahinga, the 1520AD Eclipse monument, the Igongo Cultural Center and the Kampala Cultural city tour exploring the National Museum and the cultural sites of the largest surviving Kingdom of Buganda including the Kasubi Tombs, the Lubiri Palace and the man-made Kabaka’s Lake.CLICK HERE TO BOOK WITH US THIS UGANDA SAFARI TOUR

Day 1: Transfer to Fort portal, Nakayima tree and Amabere caves on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

After the morning breakfast, you will embark on the transfer to Fort Portal from Kampala for the Uganda safaris tour. You will enjoy impressive views of the Ugandan countryside including the inselbergs of Mubende, the en-route towns and rural settlements before branching off at Mubende to connect to Nakayima tree.  Named after Nakayima the wife of Ndahura a famous Muchwezi ruler, the Nakayima tree has lived here for many years past and the people believe it to possess the spirit of Nakayima. The traditionists converge here for pilgrimage and worship. You listen to a themed interpretation from the elderly guides at the site after which you proceed on the drive to Fort Portal. You settle for lunch and after you connect to the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves.

The Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru are breast like features that are believed to be belonging to Nnyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father had been alerted that the child will take over his throne. The oozing whitish substance that flows down the breast like features is believed to be milk that continues to flow out of Nnyinamwiru breasts. After the caves, you will embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. The various crater lakes and hollows are believed to have been dug by the Bachwezi and the presence of an abnormal footprint (a foot of a giant) on a rock near Lake Kigere makes the area an interesting heritage site to explore. After the hike, you will go down the hill and drive back to the fort portal for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 2: visit the Tooro palace, Karambi tombs and community walk on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

After breakfast, you will drive straight to the Royal Palace which is an impressively located hill overlooking the Fort Portal town in the shadows of the mountains of the moon. The Palace features a great architectural building that is worth exploring. You tour the palace; explore the royal regalia and the interpretation of the King Coronation process. You retreat from the palace tour and transfer to Karambi Royal tombs to explore the tombs of the former Kings of Tooro including the founding father of the Kingdom – King Kaboyo.  You listen to their great history and then retreat to the Fort Portal town for lunch. In the afternoon, you participate in the Batooro name-giving ceremony which is a central practice among the Batooro as they give the pet names to their sons and daughters including Apuuli, Acaali, Akiiki, and Araali among others. It is an exciting Uganda cultural adventure that will see you get a pet name of your own. In the evening you will go back to the lodge for dinner and overnight but you could go back to town to enjoy the nightlife of Batooro people

Day3: Drive to Nshenyi Cultural village and Semuliki hot springs on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

After the morning breakfast, you will embark on the transfer from Fort Portal to Nshenyi cultural in Ntungamo District but before reaching that far, you will have a stopover at Semuliki game reserve to have a look at the hot springs. The drive will take you through impressive countryside landscapes exploring the settlement of the local people before arriving in Mbarara eventually Ntungamo. Nshenyi is 30 minutes drive from Ntungamo town and about 1 hour from Mbarara town. You will arrive at the lodge and check-in for dinner and overnight. CLICK HERE TO BOOK WITH US THIS UGANDA SAFARI TOUR

Day 4: Explore Banyankole culture at Nshenyi village on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

You wake up early in the morning and spend the whole day exploring the traditions of the Banyankole Culture. You participate in the traditional hand milking of the long-horned Ankole Cattle, explore the traditional cattle treatment process, the naming of the cows and how the calves know the names of their mothers and themselves, brushing the cows to remove dirt using the local brush called Enkuyo, set out to the grazing field along with the herdsmen learning how to play the instruments like flute and traditional songs. You do the cattle watering at the locally made soil trough and then retreat home. You settle for traditional lunch which you can also participate in its preparation process and then attend to the craft making process, the impressive architectural huts’ tour and take a walk in the community to explore the way of life. In the evening, you will go back to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 5:  Transfer to Mgahinga national park on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

After breakfast, you will drive through the impressive Kigezi Highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa and the scenic road of Kabale – Kisoro before being welcomed by the Virunga Volcanoes. You will check-in at the lodge for relaxing, dinner and overnight

Day 6: Batwa cultural trail on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

After the morning breakfast, you will embark on the Batwa trail exploration. You will connect to Mgahinga Park headquarters Ntebeko and get briefed before starting the trek to the forest following the Batwa trail in the company of Batwa guides detailing their great heritage embedded in their ancient home. You will learn their wild honey harvesting means, the traditional medicinal plants, the treehouses, the hunting techniques, the edible roots and plants before arriving at Garama Cave which was the central place for their converging while still in the forest. The Batwa chief used to reside here. In the cave, the Batwa women will treat you with impressive performances including their ancient songs. It is a moment of wonder and deep exploration into the Batwa culture that is at the stake of fading away. The Batwa trail takes 7 hours after you will go back to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 7: Drive to Kampala, visit the 1520AD eclipse monument & Igongo cultural centre en route on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

After breakfast, you will check out from the lodge to embark on the journey back to Kampala. You will make a stop at the 1520AD eclipse monument overlooking the Igongo Cultural Center to explore the cultural attachment that is embedded in the total eclipse that took place in 1520AD. The Cows of Ankole kingdom had been totally confiscated by King Olimi I of Bunyoro and the Banyankole were starving. And then a wonder happened when King Olimi I was from raiding the cows of Rwanda and the total solar eclipse occurred when had reached Biharwe. He and his men thought that something terrible was going to happen to them and they abandoned the cows and run to Bunyoro. When the eclipse was over, the Banyankole found cows all over and they believed that they had been sent by God from heaven in response to their cries. Thus they called them “enduuga mwiiguru”. There is a monument that has been set to commemorate this occurrence. You will finish that activity and continue to Igongo Cultural Museum to tour the Eriijukiro Museum which features collections of all tribes of southwestern Uganda dating back to their traditional era and settle for traditional lunch as well. After lunch, you proceed on the drive to Kampala making another stopover at the equator for pictures and buying of souvenirs; then you will hit the road again expecting to reach Kampala late in the evening. CLICK HERE TO BOOK WITH US THIS UGANDA SAFARI TOUR

Day 8: Kampala cultural city tour on your 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

On this day you explore the culture and heritage sites of Kampala including the ancient Kingdom of Buganda. You will tour the Kasubi tombs where four Kings of Buganda lay in rest and site has a large traditional hut with magical architecture and is a world heritage site as proclaimed by UNESCO, then you will head to Lubiri palace the head of the Buganda Kingdom, the Bulange Parliament which an ancient parliament of Buganda that existed even before the coming of the Europeans. After lunch, you will embark on the exploring of the Kabaka’s Lake which is a manmade lake dug during the days of Kabaka Mwanga and the tour will end up with the city walk around the craft markets and local markets like owino.

Day 9: Kampala religious tour and transfer back to the airport & end the 9 Days Uganda Cultural Safari photo Tour

These starts after the morning breakfast, and then drive Bahai temple found in kisasi, then connect to Gadhafi mosque as you will end your half-day tour at Rubaga cathedral which is the first diocese for the Catholic Church in Uganda. You will go have lunch around the area and then your driver will drop you off at the airport if at all your flight is confirmed. CLICK HERE TO BOOK WITH US THIS UGANDA SAFARI TOUR

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