Every gorilla trekking safari in Africa is special and each time one has a chance to be part of this life time adventure he or she wants to be unique from what others have experienced.
Buganda Kingdom Royal Mile
Adding the African royal mile would get you closer to the hidden cultures of Africa especially in Uganda a multi-cultural country. Uganda still has some of the ancient kingdoms but little information has been written about them because of some cultural prohibitions and beliefs. Its just of recent that some of these have been slightly eased and let out to the public.
You can feel Royalty even during this African safari. The most outstanding Kingdom is the Buganda Kingdom with norms and administrative setting like the Royal family in England. During the colonial era, this resemblance may have contributed to the ease in colonizing Uganda.
Anyone who has been to England for a tour and missed out visiting the Birmingham Palace will feel an incomplete tour which may calls for a return visit. Buganda Kingdom being the proprietor of the name of current Uganda is strategically placed within the City Kampala.
Kabaka is the title given to the King of Buganda, Katikiro is the prime minister who heads a team of Buganda ministers of called Abatakka. The hierarchy of Buganda Kingdom is unique and dates way back before civilization.
Buganda Kingdom has a unique ancient palace in Mengo, the famous royal Administrative building in Bulange, the Royal hand excavated Kabaka’s Lake, Naggalabi coronation ground believed to bare all spirits that are composed of the Kabaka , The Kasubi Royal tombs the list is endless.
Day 1 Road Trip To Bwindi Forest Home Of Mountain Gorillas
Famous Bwindi Forest is placed in the southern corner of Uganda sharing borders with Volcanoes National Park. Driving to Bwindi doesn’t only give you a chance to see the rural countryside but also provides insight into the daily life of the locals.
You will notice that farming is the major activity but also as you move into the deeper ends of the villages, cattle keeping becomes the main activity.
Enjoy a lunch break enroute and arrive late in the evening to check into your lodge.
Accommodation Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Engage Lodge/ Trekker’s Tarven.
Spending the day in the vicinity of the mountain gorillas is the gist of this Africa Safari tour and this is the dee day. Pack your gorilla trekking gears without forgetting an extra mask and head to the briefing point at the ranger station.
After briefing, together with your ranger guide head for the pristine forest searching for the huge apes.
They are may be bulky in size but very mobile as the day has to be spent looking for a meal that will sustain them throughout the day and night. They are entirely vegetarian and there delicacy is Bamboo.
Meanwhile as you walk along the trail leading to where the gorillas were last spotted the previous day, other enchanting monkeys cannot be ignored. Some monkeys you may get to see include black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus to mention but a few.
Birds in Bwindi forest are very busy throughout the day constructing nets, picking fruits and so much more. Keen birders have this double opportunity to identify atleast about 100 different bird species in one day.
Despite this crazy wild entertainment, when you get to meet the gorillas thing have to change slightly. Mountain gorillas are usually scared of unfamiliar noise and lightening so try to keep low voices, remain in a close group so that they do not feel ambushed when you scatter
For memories, take as many photos as possible but spare some time to enjoy the mountain gorillas within the one hour that is allowed. You may get to see the juveniles jumping, mothers feeding the infants, some combing the hairs of another and so much more.
Get back to the lodge to relax.
Day Three Road Trip to Kampala City After Gorilla Trekking
Much as gorillas are adorable apes to spend time with, you must continue with your Africa Safari.
Get ready to drive back to Kampala City to catch up with the Royal experience of Africa.
In case you might have missed stopping at the Equator in Kayabwe, take a break here for photographic experience while standing on both sides of the Earth at the same time. Perform a mysterious water experiment too.
For comfort, wear something that is descent and covers your body because of the customs of the Baganda. In some places to visit, you are required to cover up as a sign of respect.
Drive to Mengo Kabaka’s Palace to listen to its historic background and the civil or political turmoil it has been through. Head to the Kabaka’s lake later which was excavated by human hands. This lake is surrounded by clan posts that make up the Buganda Kingdom.
Take the Royal mile which is decorated by huge beautiful trees, beautiful sculptures of clans that signify the great ancient Buganda. Later enjoy a tour through Bulange administrative building where the Kingdom‘s Parliament is found. The organs of Buganda Kingdom make it look like a state within a state.
Proceed to Naggalabi royal Coronation ground where mysteries of Buganda Kingdom unfold.
There is a particula tree root that is thought to host the spirits of predecessors of the Kabaka ( King) and on coronation day, when he sits on this root, it is alleged that he gains the power to rule.
Some say he transforms into someone with a lot of spiritual powers which prompted people to refer to the Kabaka (King) by different names like Magulu Nyondo, Beene, Mwenyango and so much more
Before closing the day request to try on some unique traditional attires that the Baganda wear. The Gomasi or Busuuti is the traditional wear for ladies it is matched by a sash that securely holds it from opening.
Men in Buganda wear traditionally Kanzu which is combined with a coat. This traditional wear is normally hand crafted and decorated with special designs. These designs have particular meaning and not every decoration is designed on a Kanzu.