Day 1: Airport pick-up and transfer to Kampala
When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, an Igeno Safaris guide/driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Kampala – a 40-minute drive from the airport – where you'll spend the night.
Journey time: 40 minutes
Accommodation options: Sheraton Kampala Hotel | Holiday Express Hotel
Day 2: Visit Kampala cultural sites
In the morning after breakfast, our driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a tour of Kampala's cultural sites. Some of the cultural sites you'll visit in Uganda's expansive capital city include the Kasubi Tombs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the remains of the kings and royals of the Buganda Kingdom lie), Nagalabi (the Buganda kingdom coronation site), the Bahai Temple, the Kabaka's lake, the Buganda Kingdom Palace, the Nakasero Green Market, the Uganda Museum as well as many other fascinating sites, where you will learn about the true history of Uganda, its kingdoms and its rich, diverse cultures.
Later in the evening, you'll head to the Ndere Cultural Centre on the outskirts of Kampala, where you will enjoy lots of entertainment, including traditional cultural dances. You will later be driven back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Transfer to Jinja
After breakfast in the morning, you will be driven to the Uganda Martyrs Shrines in Namugongo, where Christian martyrs were horribly murdered in the 19th Century. From here you will leave for Jinja, where you'll have lunch at a restaurant in town before going to Sezibwa Falls to see a cultural site related to the Buganda Kingdom.
While in Jinja, you will also explore the White Nile, which is seven times the volume of the great Zambezi. You will visit Bujagali Falls and have and see the dazzling white waters of the River Nile squeezing their way through the rocks! In addition, you will get to see the real source of River Nile – the exact point where the world's longest river starts its long journey across the African continent.
You will be a guest at The Haven, your abode for tonight.
Day 4: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Today you will journey to the scenic northwestern part of Uganda, passing through the Luwero Triangle, the area where the current Ugandan government successfully launched its five-year guerilla war and took power in 1986.
You will make a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda where the critically endangered black rhinos can be tracked in the wild.
You will have lunch at a restaurant near Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and thereafter proceed to Murchison Falls National Park and head straight to the peak of the falls to see the majestic flow of River Nile, the longest river on earth.
You will see how the waters of the Nile squeeze through a small gorge of only seven metres wide and drop down to over 42 metres below with a thunderous roar and a water spray that forms a beautiful rainbow. Simply amazing!
Later in the evening, you will dine and spend the night at one of the lodges inside the park.
Journey time: 6 hours
Accommodation options: Nile Safari Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge
Day 5: Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, you will cross the Nile using a ferry to the banks on the northern side of the park, where you will embark on a guided game drive to see various animals that reside in Murchison Falls National Park. This morning's sightings will include elephants, hyenas, lions, bohor reedbucks, Cape buffaloes, bushbucks, Rothschild's giraffes, oribi, hartebeests, waterbucks, and, if you're lucky, you'll also spot the elusive leopard.
After the morning game drive, you will return to the lodge for lunch and a bit of relaxation. In the afternoon you will go out in the park again, this time for a boat ride to the bottom of the falls. By the river banks, you'll see the giant Nile crocodiles, hippos and various bird species and just a short distance the Uganda kobs, buffaloes, elephants and waterbucks. In addition, there are various bird species here such as cormorant, bee-eater, Egyptian goose, kingfisher, pelican, hornbill, uncommon shoebill stork and the Goliath Heron.
Later in the evening, you will be driven back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Game drive time: Full day
Accommodation options: Nile Safari Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari
Day 6: Visit Bunyoro cultural sites
Today you will be driven westwards to Hoima, making a stopover at the Mparo Tombs, located just 24 kilometres west of Murchison Falls National Park. This is the final resting place for Banyoro's last two kings, Omukama Chwa II Kabalega and his son Sir Tito Winyi IV, father of the reigning Omukama (king) of Bunyoro. Also buried here are several princes, princesses and royals of Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom.
From Mparo Tombs, you'll continue your journey to Hoima, where you'll get to visit the historic Karuziika Palace, which was built by the legendary Omukama Chwa II Kabalega in 1872, is the principal seat of power for the kings of Bunyoro-Kitara.
Inside the palace are the Royal Regalia Museum, a chamber filled with intriguing artefacts, and the official seat for the Omukama (king).
From the palace, you'll continue your journey to Katasiha Fort, located just 2kms northeast of Hoima town. This is one of Bunyoro's best preserved historical sites, built by Omukama Chwa II Kabalega following an attack on his capital in Mparo by the British colonial army.
From Katasiha, you'll return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Journey time: 3 hours
Accommodation options: Hoima Resort Hotel
Day 7: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Kibale Forest National Park, where you will have lunch either at Ndali Lodge or the Primates Lodge. In the afternoon, you will go for a nature walk and chimp tracking, an excursion that will reward you with encounters of various primates, such as the chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, colobus, baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys, otter mongoose, sitatunga, bushbucks, bush pigs and civet cats.
If you're a fan of birdwatching, you will have an opportunity to see some of the 200 species of birds that are resident in the park, including the most sought-after Great Blue Turaco.
You will dine and sleep at Primates Lodge | Ndali Lodge.
Day 8: Visit Ankole cultural sites and return to Kampala
After an early breakfast, you will be driven southwards to Mbarara, where you will visit some Ankole cultural sites, including the Ankole Kingdom shrines. You will also visit some Banyankole homesteads to further learn about their fascinating culture, lifestyle and general practices.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to Kampala – making sure to stop briefly at the Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch and an introduction to the lifestyle of the Ankole people. You will also make another stopover at the Equator – the monument marking the centre of Earth – for one last Kodak moment.
Upon arrival in Kampala, you will be taken to your hotel for dinner and the overnight.
Day 9: Departure
Unfortunately, today is your final day with Igeno Safaris. This is the end of your fascinating, nine-day cultural experience in Uganda. In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight back home.