4-Day: Culture & Wildlife (Queen Elizabeth)
Day 1- Cultural Diversity Day
Depart Kampala at 6.00 AM for the 6 7- hour drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey takes you through the cool undulating tea plantations along Kabarole district straight to Fort Portal- a town also known as Uganda’s tourism town.
Stopover at Fort Portal for lunch and then go for the Mpako- the colourful pet naming ceremony where you will be christened with a traditional name as deemed fit by the King’s representative.
Depart Fort Portal and head southwards. Stopover at Rubona trading centre. Here you will visit the local bee keeping and honey project where local women are weaving their way to cash by making and selling baskets from local plant materials.
Depart Rubona for Rwenzori Founders- East Africa’s biggest bronze casting foundry at the foot of Mountain Rwenzori where the annual BBC African Footballer of the year third place bronze plaque is made from. Experience the delicate process of making these beautiful art pieces.
The surroundings of the foundry is also home to several bird species that will interest a birder in a very serene environment which has feeding points on the compound. After the Foundry, hit the road for Fort Portal.
Dinner and overnight in Fort Portal town.
Day 2- More culture and wildlife
Depart Fort portal town and descend into the rift valley with glimpses of the mighty snow-capped Rwenzori Mountain range in the distance through Kasese town.
Stopover at a hot spring and try out preparing a fresh egg or fresh cassava in the hot boiling water that emerges out of the ground. Also see local community take turns in bathing in this water they believe has supernatural healing powers.
There is also the traditional fire making process that you can all try out.
Arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will have lunch. Queen Elizabeth National Park located in southwestern Uganda is home to the world famous tree climbing lions.
Optional (Evening game drive/ boat cruise) – Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 3 Tree climbing lions & more culture
After an early morning breakfast, your driver will take you to Kasenyi- the open savannah grassland and. Kasenyi is the stereotypical African landscape and is the most popular area to search for big cats in the early morning and late afternoon.
Here, you will see large herds of Ugandan Kob grazing which attracts predators. If you are lucky you will find the big game feeding on them including lions creating a captivating sight of game hunting and survival. There is also a large concentration of hippopotamus, crocodiles as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. You can also do a village and nature walk.
Afternoon, depart the park and spend the night in Fort portal town. Overnight at Mountains of the Moon/
Day 4: After an early morning breakfast, depart for Kampala and transfer to Entebbe. In the afternoon, you can try out the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for a closer interaction with animals or sample the vibrant nightlife in Kampala.