Introduction:

This full-day activity in and around Queen Elizabeth National Park showcases the community’s local ways of life, wildlife viewing, savannah jungles landscape, and sceneries. The day package includes three different activities with three independent activities that are enough to fill up the whole day with reading intervals. it is suitable for guests who want to integrate culture and wildlife into their safari of queen Elizabeth and yet explore longer for a full day. To get the best out of this, you will preferably spend a minimum of one night at the destination, which can be either before or after the day of exploration. this activity is a perfect add-on to any other wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park or en-route to other destinations such as Kibale national park, the gorillas or lake Bunyonyi, and Rwanda.

Activity 1 – After breakfast at your lodge, with the help of a local guide, you will go on a bodaboda safari to explore the landscape around Queen Elizabeth National Park on a motorcycle like a local. Visit the local communities, around Lake Edward and Katwe salt pans.  Ride through the park to the equator. View immense wildlife on this enchanting journey outdoors. You can also take the option of participating in traditional salt mining midway in the safari. After the safari, you will retire to lunch.

Activity 2 – This afternoon you will participate in the afternoon boat safari. Connect to the Kazinga channel to join a boat cruise. For two hours on the channel, you will be looking for wildlife as you view it lined on the edges cooling off. The landscape and scenery are great. Common wildlife here includes; elephants, hippos, buffalos, waterbuck, crocodiles, birds, and others.

 Activity 3 – After the boat safari, you’re welcomed to diner ending the day at the elephant home.

Price per person: USD 100.00

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Important Note: Do you want this holiday for yourself or for someone else? In any case, you may want to buy now or in the future, for your friend or loved ones. Please contact us and we will give you great offers in a facility that allows you to give/ receive this wonderful gift to/ from your friend.

Those willing to spend a night; luxury, midrange or budget accommodation can be easily booked with us separately.

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Introduction:

This is a full-day activity in the Rwenzori foothills that showcases the community’s local ways of life, nature in the unique forests, and landscapes on the mountains and foothills offering great scenery. It is a package with four independent activities that allow the guest to explore through the whole day. It is easy to add to a longer trip, for those planning a long safari in Uganda. To get the best out of this one-day experience, you will preferably spend one night, either before or after the day of exploration. The choice of the night to spend at the base camp will be determined by the distance of travel on the day before or after the experience.

Activity 1 – From your lodge, wake up early morning for breakfast. You will then take an early morning nature walk of your choice. This can either be a forest walk or a hill climb walk to take the scenery on the Rwenzori foothills. After the walk, return to an early lunch and relax.

Activity 2 – This afternoon you will participate in the cultural village walk. The village walk leads you to the community center where the community converges every evening to celebrate their local culture and other local cultural values.

Activity 3 – During the time at the community center, you will attend the local cultural festival. It is a collection of cultural music, dances, songs, with interpretations showcasing the Bakonzo culture on the Rwenzori Mountains. If interested, guests are also invited to participate or learn how to play the different musical instruments, sing or dance along with the local community members. It is a true moment of excitement and has been a highlight for most visitors who come to Rwenzori.

Activity 4 – After the dance, you’re welcomed to the drinking time where you will share a local drink and then retire back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Price per person: USD 60.00

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Important Note: Do you want this holiday for you or for someone else? You may want to buy this holiday for your friend or loved ones. Please contact us and we will give you great offers in a gift certificate that allows you to give/ receive this short trip as a wonderful gift to/ from your friend.

Those willing to spend a night; luxury, midrange or budget accommodation can be easily booked with us separately.

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Introduction:

If you’re staying in the Rwenzori foothills, your evening is worth joining the cultural dance festivals. This evening event is a perfect display of culture in the Rwenzori. It is a mix of cultural dances, cultural demonstrations, local snacks, and drinks. The event enables visitors to have a lot of fun with the locals in the foothill village of Nyakalengijo. It is an opportunity to explore locally as you learn the people’s way of life.

If you attend this event, you will have a chance of discovering some of the hidden cultural secretes of the Ugandan Bakonzo people. You can dance, since, or learn how to play the different musical instruments in some of the interesting workshops that can be easily arranged during the event.

The event is a daily activity for the locals. the visitors are allowed entrance for two hours in the evening. The two hours event starts from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Special arrangements are possible nder which you can be allowed to join this even earlier in the day.

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The activity is divided in three parts. On arrival, guests will be welcomed to a collection of different songs and instruments being played by the local women and men. At each stage, they will translate the meaning and cultural purpose of the song or dance.

Guests will then be welcomed to participate in the music themselves if they wish (optional). It is your choice. This allows you to do everything the locals have been doing. After the training, all guests will be treated to a drink of their choice. The drink time is also the best time to go to the crafts shop to see some of the souvenirs on sale, in case you need to support the community members in this line. After the drink, retire to your accommodation

Price per person: USD 15.00

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Important Note: Do you want this holiday for you or for someone else? You may want to buy this holiday for your friend or loved ones. Please contact us and we will give you great offers in a gift certificate that allows you to give/ receive this short trip as a wonderful gift to/ from your friend.

Those willing to spend a night; luxury, midrange or budget accommodation can be easily booked with us separately.

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For those seeking to explore Mount Elgon, we introduce to you Bluestar homestay.

Blue star homestay is located in a village setting of Sipi falls, in the foothills of Mount Elgon National park. The family has opened its doors to overnight guests and is willing to show you around mount Elgon from the base to the high peaks. The home offers three rooms with a capacity of accommodating up to six people a night. The family has a small backyard farm with goat’s cows and chicken. The crops grown include bananas, vegetables, and coffee from which you will be shown how to farm, harvest, and roast to prepare the coffee drink. From the farm, the family makes their own coffee so that guests can be treated to a fresh organic cup of coffee at any time.

Why you must stay here

Moses masai, your host is a very experienced loca guide in the area. he is also a key member of the local guides association. He will be able to show you the entire mount elgon on the mountain treks to the peaks and on the community tours of the area including the water falls tours, coffee experience, sundowner and others.

The homestay is safe for your property during your stay. it is privately surrounded by a wooden fence with a lockable gate. guests can park their cars inside the gate. The home is lit by hydropower, connected to running water and wireless Television. Guests can charge their gadgets within their rooms and have the liberty to watch TV news or sports in the living room on request.

It is located in sipi area, a short distance from the starting point of all sipi falls activities; the water falls walk, the rock-climbing and abseiling points, the sundowner tours and the local trading center where you cans wish to do some shopping or meet the local people.

It is a very welcoming and hospitable family. They will show you how to do everything in their home including cooking and farming. this family gives you an opportunity to experience the local life as an insider, in a none touristy way.

The price for the accommodation service is very low compared to other accommodation facilities in the area, yet the services are quite reliable.

Activities and short excursions you can do during your stay

Sipi area short trip can be added on a trip to the longer Kidepo Valley National park safari, Mount Elgon multiday trek to the peaks, or can be taken independently by those who want to unwind for a short while. In each case, Bluestar homestay is a perfect base. The following activities are available during your stay;

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We introduce you to the Mgahinga Community Campground, your gateway to the Batwa and the gorillas, and the volcanos climbing experience in Uganda.

Mgahinga Community campground is located at the gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This camp offers accommodation in the furnished Bandas, dormitories, and camping ground. other services include meals, guided community tours, and organizing treks inside the park. It is the oldest camp in the area. The campground belongs to the local community under Mgahinga Community Development Organisation (MCDO). The generated income and benefits are channeled for the development of the community living near the park.

Why you must stay here

The lodge is located next to the park gate and visitor information where the park treks start. it is very convenient for those looking to trek the volcanoes or do nature walks inside Mgahinga national park.

gives you an opportunity to rewind in a beautiful setting, nice people and quieter environment. It is a village setting that showcases the true culture of the Bafumbura tribe in the Kisoro district.

The camp has local guides who are residents and knowledgeable of the entire area. Availability of community activities to do in and outside the park. the community guides will take you to the local cafes, farms, schools, and scenic landscapes in the area.

The accommodation prices are low and will excite every traveler who is on a low budget. since the camp has a restaurant, it will be easy to order your meals and drinks at the camp, making the stay very convenient.

Activities and day trips you can participate in during your stay:

Using the Mghainga community campground as your base, you will easily explore the entire Mgahinga region. it is also suitable for guests who want to cross from Rwanda and explore some bit of Uganda since the area is located on the border. The camp is connected to many local community development projects. Those looking to volunteer will find a lot of work to participate in. the following are the key activities you can participate in.

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At Lake Mburo National park, welcome to Rwenjeru, a traditional village, named after a sacred white calf of the Ankole culture.

Rwenjeru community campsite is located near Lake Mburo National park, on the road to Katengyeto gate. It is a community of cattle keepers and their livelihoods rotate around cows with little supplementary farming income. the common cows are the traditional Ankole long-horned cattle and the cows here are given names like any other members of the family. During the visit to the Rwenjeru community, the local guide will take you on a cattle-keeping tour showing you how they tend to their cows; giving them water, singing for them, setting fire for them, or calling each one of them by name.

Why you must stay here

 Rwenjeru campsite is located on the rood to lake Mburo national park. guests who stay here find it easy to access the park through Katengyeto gate.

you will get an opportunity to immerse your self in the true Ankole culture. The host are indigenous Banyankole and their livelihood are cattle keeping and some farming. They have the Ankle long horned cattle and tend to them all day. guests will come along to see how milking, watering and other grazing activities are done in the traditional way.

prove how the Ankole long-horned cow is treasured by the Bachwezi culture. You will also listen to the background of this culture as you follow the hosts tending to their cows.

The guest house and campsite are a budget accommodation option in this destination. it is suitable for those traveling on a tight budget.

The guest house onsite is private and suitable for a family traveling together.

The camp is seated on the hilltop offering great views of the surrounding landscape. You will enjoy the great views and scenery over the undulating hills of Ankole overlooking lake Mburo National Park

Activities and trips you can participate in during your stay

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For gorilla tracking trips in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest, we introduce you to Ruhija Gorilla Friends resort.

Ruhija Gorilla friends resort is a lodge located at the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, about 52km from Kabale town. This lodge is owned and run by the local community and is a favorite of many people tracking the gorillas through the Ruhija gate. Ruhija gorilla friends resort location offers stunning views of the Bwindi forested hills. the lodge offers accommodation to gorilla tracking visitors in the different categories of; rooms, safari tents, and camping. They have both self-contained and none self-contained options. The restaurant on-site provides meals and drinks and the lodge organizes community experiences such as traditional dances and community guided tours.

Why you must stay here

The lodge is close to the park gate and guests are able to walk to the gorilla briefing point in the morning. Most of the guests who stay here during their gorilla trip have found the lodge reliable. thise looking for the lodge on google, The GPS coordinate of Ruhija gorilla friends resort is; -1.040564, 29.776735

The hospitable staff will make your stay a memorable experience. Breakfast is provided free for people staying in Safari tents,

It is an ideal place to stay when going to track the mountain gorillas of Bitukura, Kyaguriro, Mukiza and Oruzogo groups in Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Birders are offered an ideal accommodation in the campsite in Ruhija, the only place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where all kinds of birds can be viewed.

lots of community activities to participate in. The community has developed village walks ideal for those interested in nature, culture, Batwa walks and hiking in a spectacular landscape

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Ruhija is a birders paradise. You can find more bird species that in any other part of Bwindi forest. many have said that it is easier to find gorillas during the tracking exercise. The gorilla groups at this gate are Bitukura, Oruzogo, and Kyaguriro. Besides, the area has many other activities to do including the following;

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The RGFR&C was established in 2008 by local community members to help generate a source of income for local communities in Ruhija through establishing sustainable gorilla tourism

The campsite intends to contribute a certain percentage of their interest to development projects in Kitojo Parish and other adjacent areas surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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We welcome you to Buhoma community rest camp on your trip to track gorillas in Bwindi forest.

Buhoma community Rest camp is a community-owned and run accommodation facility. It is located inside of Buhoma park gate to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Buhoma gate is the oldest and most preferred gorilla tracking point of Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Buhoma community camp is strategically located for the gorilla trackers since it is possible to walk to the briefing point without getting out of the park. Besides accommodation, the camp runs a crafts shop, Bicycle tours, and the village walk experience that shoe cases the local way of life including the Batwa experience.

The park activities here include; Gorilla tracking, Forest walks, primate tracking and nature walks all inside the park

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We introduce you to Tinkas homestay, your accommodation during the chimp tracking experience.

Tinka’s homestay is a local family located next to Kibale national park and Bigodi swamp. The family offers accommodation in their home. To none sleeping guests, the home offers a traditional lunch in case the visitors are willing to share this wonderful home for a day during their visit to Kibale Nationa park. All guest rooms are private. During the stay, guests can choose between sleeping in the same main house with the family or staying in the external cottages. Next to the homestay is the starting point for Bigodi wetland sanctuary, a community-owned and run tourism project.

Why you must stay here

Activities and excursions that you can participate in include;

The location in a strategic point makes Tinkas homestay a perfect base for exploring the entire Kibale National Park area. The home can arrange most or all of the activities in the area and will also provide a lot of travel information that will link you to the park and other tourism destinations. these are some of the activities you can do at Kibale national park during your stay here.

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As you prepare your journey to explore Queen Elizabeth National park, We introduce to you The Elephant Home

The Elephant home is a tourist accommodation facility located opposite Queen Elizabeth National park, on Kasese – Mbarara road. The lodge offers self-contained rooms and a campground, a restaurant serving all meals, a handicraft shop, and local community guided tours.

Why you must stay here

Located close to the park gate, this accommodation is the most suitable base for starting the game drive on Kasenyi tracks.

The elephant home provides one of the most affordable hospitable accommodations next to the park. The friendly staff, spacious clean rooms, and delicious meals are the favorite of the most guest at this lodge.

The lodge has wildlife and community guides that will take guests on any activity in and outside the park. They provide free travel information and arranges all activities and short trips for guests, making it easy for independent guests or those who are not familiar with the area. Guests who stay here find it easy to explore the park and surrounding attractions such as the Katwe traditional salt mining, Kazinga channel boat cruise safari, the crater lakes tour in Bunyaruguru, chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge, and Kalinzu forest treks.

The lodge is easy to access with either private or public transport. For those who want to get here by the guide of google maps, just insert the elephant home in your maps app, from any location and you will be guided. The GPS coordinate for the elephant home is; 0.01029, 29.99994.

It is a jungle in the community and a true paradise for nature lovers. Sometimes wildlife such as elephants can be seen visiting the lodge. After the delicious dinner, you will be sent to bed by the night bird’s whispers, sleep to the loughs of hyena and the roars of a lion in the Savannah of queen Elizabethan National Park and every morning, you will wake up to the melodious sounds of resident birds.

Activities and short excursions you can do during your stay

The Elephant Home is a great lodge for a short trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park. is is also an ideal stopover on a long trip to western Uganda visiting the primates and gorillas. All wildlife and community activities of queen Elizabeth national park can be arranged from here. This is the list of activities you can do during your stay.

Responsible travel

The elephant home is community-owned and run. It is a member of the Uganda community tourism association (UCOTA). Our services are regulated by  UCOTA through the provision of timely training and support. Besides providing quality accommodation services to the tourists visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park, the lodge also empowers the community by supporting community-based development activities around the park. This is a way to channel some of the tourism revenue to the local community living next to the park.

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