a sample of eco tours in southwestern uganda
1. Education tours
(a) Foreign Student Education Program 15 days
Bamboo Ecotours works in partnership with Mgahinga Community Development Organization to arrange Uganda educational trips for international high schools and universities. We provide trip logistics including transport, accommodation and food, in addition to setting up meetings and activities at Ugandan schools and other organizations, based on the foreign school’s interests. You are interested? Just drop us an email at: email@example.com and we will make your trip possible.
(b) Volunteer Program 2 weeks - 3 months
Bamboo Ecotours connects local and international volunteers who wish to work on community led projects for a period of time between two weeks and six months. We accept applications from volunteers from all walks of life and with diverse range of skills and experiences.
Volunteers who have worked with us in the past have taught children at a kindergarten, launched a tree planting campaign, supported a local clinic and trained staff at a community owned lodge. Let us know if you are interested in community service and we will connect you.
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2. Wildlife tours
(a) Visit Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel 3-5 days
Experience the only tree-climbing lions in the world in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Options include watching chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, nature walks in neighbourhood forest reserves and/or hiking in the beautiful Rwenzori mountains. Also visit the local Bakonzo people. Range of accommodation options are available including lower, mid and upper range.
(b) Gorilla Tracking Adventures 3-5 days
Track gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, or the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda. Experience tracking gorillas in natural habitat and learn from experts about their behaviour and habitat. Explore local communities and how they live and are effected by gorillas. Options include fishing, canoeing, swimming and birdwatching in nearby crater lakes.
3. Cultural tours
(a) Kigezi Highlands Activities 2-5 days
Get an in-depth view of local life, culture and attractions in south western Uganda. Hike through Echuya forest (tropical rainforest near Kisoro with rare bird species and baboons), visit volcanic crater lakes and canoe in cool local lakes. Spend time in villages and learn about their way of life and their relationship with the land, including banana beer tasting, and the development of local medicines. Stay in community-initiated camps and cottages, including mid and upper-range options.
(b) Muraho Trail: The Community Experience 11 hours
Spend a day hiking and visiting various communities around the Virunga Volcanoes. Learn about local enterprise such as honey production and potato farming. Visit a local family and enjoy a meal with them. See traditional dancing and listen to storytelling around a campfire in the evening. Option includes visiting the stunning Lake Mutanda with its views of the Virunga Volcano range. Accommodation includes hostel, campsites of mid range options.
(C) Community Trail 3-4 hours
Come visit the batwa community, the indigenous people of our region and experience their ways of living. Watch them perform cultural dances and listen to their history. Your visit and contributions will improve on their welfare. One may as well hike the King’s hill, a historical place where the ancient King would meet his chiefs. Here you will also get a stunning view of the Virungas, western rift valley escarpment and local settlement patterns. Other interesting things to experience include visiting a black smith and caving.
4. Volcano hiking
Kisoro is an ideal place for people who love mountain hiking. Here you can hike three volcanoes:
1. Mt. Muhavura which 4,127M, 2. Mt. Gahinga which is 3,474M and 3. Mt. Sabyinyo which is 3,645M. For those who would like to stay close to Mgahinga National Park so as to start the hike early, you can stay at a community campsite called Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp. The camp is located right at the main gate of the national park.