This is the Uganda culinary tour in a handcrafted package. This 6-day Uganda food, wildlife, and gorilla safari takes you on one of the most interesting Uganda safaris. On this Uganda safari, consider great food, friendly people, diverse cultures, extreme gorilla experiences, magical wildlife encounters, beautiful mountain ranges, abundant lush green teeming with indigenous forests, bustling modern cities, remote rural locations, and excellent road infrastructure, among others.
The 6-day Uganda food, wildlife, and gorilla safari will find you tasting the most delicious dishes of western Uganda. Furthermore, enjoy wildlife viewing in Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s smallest savannah national Park located in Kiruhura district. The Park is the only home to the largest population of zebra and impala. Still, spice up your Uganda safari with a gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Kanungu district. You will also spend time exploring the beautiful lake Bunyonyi and its impressive community. Located in the Kabale district, Lake Bunyonyi is Uganda’s deepest lake. The lake is dotted with 29 remarkable islands and is a popular bird paradise.
- Food tour in Nshenyi Cultural Village
- Boat cruise in Lake Mburo
- Game drive in Lake Mburo
- Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi
- Community tour
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
- Batwa cultural experience
Day 1: Arrival At Entebbe International Airport
When you arrive at Entebbe Airport, you will be greeted by our company representative who will also be your safari driver/guide. The driver will then drive you to your hotel in Kampala, where you will be able to relax. Overnight stay at your hotel as you look forward to your Uganda safari adventure
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
After an early breakfast, embark on a 4-drive to Lake Mburo National Park with an en-route stopover at the Equator Monument in Kayabwe. Enjoy a brief equator experience and photography before proceeding with your journey: driving through the spectacular scenery of landscapes, small towns, and villages. You will arrive in Lake Mburo in time for lunch to enjoy a delicious local buffet at your lodge. Check into your lodge, have lunch and relax.
In the afternoon, take to Lake Mburo for a boat cruise which will treat you to marvelous animal sightings. Expect views of buffaloes, elephants, and other grazers quenching their thirst by the lake shores. You will also see several hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species including Malachite kingfishers, etc. After the boat cruise, return to your lodge for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Early Morning Game drive & Food Tour in Nshenyi Cultural Village
Starting the day with an early morning game drive, enjoy vistas of predators such as hyenas, leopards, and lions hunting, while others are on their way back into hiding. Meanwhile, grazers such as buffaloes, zebras, elands, impalas, giraffes, and elephants among others will be grazing under the sunrise in the savannah. You will spend about 4 hours on the game drive and then return to your lodge for breakfast.
Thereafter, drive to Nshenyi Cultural Village for your food excursion. On arrival, you will be welcomed and introduced to a local homestead. After the briefing, you will then head to the heart of the village – the kitchen; where you will learn how to prepare tasty local delicacies which include Eshabwe, Karo, and matooke, and then indulge in your efforts. The preparations will begin with making the Eshabwe from cow milk and butter. The Eshabwe is a local food delicacy famous in the western region of Uganda. It can be eaten with Karo (millet) and sometimes matooke. You will also engage in handpicking the matooke from the plantation and preparing the Karo. The same meal you prepare is the same meal you will have lunch.
After lunch, drive to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. Enjoy the scenic journey to Lake Bunyonyi passing through rolling terraced hills. On arrival, check into your lodge. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Canoe Ride & Island Tour
Following breakfast, go on a canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi to visit the lake’s beautiful islands, from which you will have even better views of the lake. Enjoy the lake’s environs including rolling terraced hills and islands. The majority of the islands are named after the dominant bird species and others after legends and traditional stories; for example, the punishment island is the name given to one of the islands. The Bakiga tribe, who lived in the area at the time, had a cruel tradition of abandoning all girls who became pregnant before marriage on this particular island, thus its name,” the punishment island” After the ride, return to your lodge and have lunch.
After lunch, the driver will take you to the Batwa and Abaheesi blacksmith communities. The Batwa of Lake Bunyonyi are mostly found in the Orugano and Echuya forests, as well as the surrounding areas. Here you will spend time interacting and learning about the traditions and norms of these people. Enjoy several traditional performances and learn about their different lifestyles including their staple food (Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans). Drive back to your lodge after. Overnight stay at your lodge.
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking & Batwa Cultural Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Be prepared to get up early at 6 am, eat breakfast, and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for your gorilla trekking adventure. It should take you about one and a half hours to get to Bwindi and on arrival, drive straight to the Park headquarters to catch the 08:00 am briefing session. The briefing is done by the park rangers and it marks the beginning of the gorilla trekking experience. The park rangers inform trekkers about the dos and don'ts of gorilla trekking during the briefing. You are also assigned a Gorilla family to trek with at this time. In most cases, 8 people trek each group, depending on hiking ability. After the briefing, trek into the dense tropical jungle of Bwindi for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You trek for about 2-6 hours or more.
However, no more than one hour is spent in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas, watching and photographing the family. After spending an hour watching the gorillas, walk back to the headquarters, then transfer to your lodge, check in, and unwind.
In the evening, you will visit the Batwa communities on the outskirts of Bwindi for a cultural experience. While in the Batwa surroundings, you will be able to watch the Batwa demonstrate their way of life from the comfort of your hotel. They will demonstrate how they used to hunt, and defend themselves in the forest. They will also demonstrate their cooking styles, staple foods, and the various cooking equipment they use in their kitchens. Additionally, enjoy listening to the Batwa folk tales, and songs and watching their fascinating performances. Return to your lodge after. Overnight stay at your lodge.
Day 6: Return to Kampala/Entebbe
After breakfast, you begin the 8–9-hour drive back to Kampala/Entebbe. You stop for lunch in Mbarara city and then proceed with your scenic journey to Kampala. When you arrive in the evening, your safari driver will either drop you off at your hotel for the night or at the airport for your departure. This is the end of your 6-day Uganda food, wildlife, and gorilla safari.
• Park entry fees
• Transportation in a 4WD safari vehicle
• Accommodation on full-board
• Service of an English-speaking safari driver/guide
• Gorilla trekking permits
• Boat rides
• Cultural and food experiences
• Game drive
• Bottled mineral water for drinking in the safari vehicle
• All optional activities that are not included in the itinerary
• Travel insurance
• International flights
• Tips to guides and porters
• All expenses of personal nature