VOLUNTEER AND EXPLORE UGANDA TOUR

 

This is a sample itinerary for a four week Volunteer and Explore Uganda Tour

We can either plan a tour specifically for you or you can join one of the group tours which we organise from time to time. It is important to let us know when you would like to come, what you want to do and if you have a group you want to bring to Uganda.

We can also offer a shorter option lasting two and a half weeks.

For general information about our Volunteering Tours, please see:

The map shows you the route for this sample tour.

 

Day 1
(Wednesday)
Arrive.  Stay at Sunset Hotel (or similar), Entebbe (B&B, en-suite rooms). The hotel will collect you from Entebbe Airport.
Day 2
(Thursday)
Your Driver-Guide will come and meet you with the minibus.
Relaxing day – visit Lake Victoria, Entebbe Botanical Gardens etc.
Lunch in a restaurant. Stay at Sunset Hotel again (B&B)
Day 3
(Friday)
Drive in the minibus east from Entebbe to Mabira Forest (a tropical rainforest near Lugazi). Guided walk in the forest on arrival.
Stay at Griffin Falls Camp (HB) in Mabira Forest in simple en-suite twin rooms
Day 4
(Saturday)
OPTIONAL Zip lining or OPTIONAL tracking for Mangabey monkeys in Mabira Forest before leaving
Drive on to Jinja. Visit the Source of the Nile, sightseeing etc.
Stay in Jinja (HB, en-suite – eg: Casa Mia Baliidha, Bridge Lane or similar)
Day 5
(Sunday)
Sightseeing along the River Nile around Jinja and Itanda Falls
OPTIONAL boat trip or other ‘adventure’ activity on the Nile at Jinja or Itanda
Stay at same hotel as previous night
Day 6
(Monday)
Drive from Jinja to Teso, to wherever people will stay for their volunteer work. Settle in and prepare for work on Tuesday.
Simple HB accommodation
Day 7
(Tuesday)
Voluntary work – see separate page for possible placements
HB accommodation
Day 8
(Wednesday)
Voluntary work.
Go shopping for food in the market after work.
Day 9
Thursday)
Voluntary work
Visit somewhere locally after work – eg: walking up a high rocky outcrop to see the sunset
Day 10
(Friday)
Voluntary work
Day 11
(Saturday)
Early start to go for a canoe trip on one of the lakes in Teso to look for the rare prehistoric-looking Shoebill (a very large bird!)
Visit a homestead. Experience and participate in village life and family activities such as cooking, fetching water, grazing animals, etc. Perhaps make your own peanut butter (groundnut paste) to take home. Learn what the crops are, how to cultivate, store, prepare and cook them.Stay the night in a traditional village home, all meals provided (local food). The accommodation will be simple but clean (grass-thatched round house), with beds, bedding and mosquito nets provided; outside toilet and washing facilities.
Day 12
(Sunday)
Village activities as yesterday (including going to church for those who want to) before returning to base (HB accommodation as before).
Day 13
(Monday)
Voluntary work
As you get to know people, you may well be invited to visit them at home
Day 14
(Tuesday)
Voluntary work
Day 15
(Wednesday)
Voluntary work.
Local outing after work
Day 16
(Thursday)
Voluntary work
Day 17
(Friday)
Voluntary work until lunch time
Drive to Sipi in the foothills of Mt Elgon near the Kenya border.
Stay at Moses Campsite, Sipi (HB, shared separate facilities, sleep in traditional twin or triple bandas)
Day 18
(Saturday)
Guided walk to one or more of the spectacular waterfalls and/or village coffee tour.
OPTIONAL Abseiling
Second night at Moses Campsite (HB)
Day 19
(Sunday)
Guided walk and/or village coffee tour in the morning (or go to church for those who want to)
After lunch, return to base accommodation in Teso (as before, HB)
Day 20
(Monday)
Voluntary work
(HB accommodation as before).
Day 21
(Tuesday)
Voluntary work
(HB accommodation as before).
Day 22
(Wednesday)
Voluntary work
Visit the ancient Rock Paintings at Nyero after work
(HB accommodation as before).
Day 23
(Thursday)
Voluntary work – last day
(HB accommodation as before).
Day 24
(Friday)
Leave Teso after breakfast and drive to Pakwach, perhaps visiting your Driver’s home and family (or another family) in their village on the way.
Stay at Sun Rise Guest House (B&B), Pakwach or similar. It is situated by the Nile on the north west border of Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP).
Day 25
(Saturday)
Full day in MFNP, starting with pre-dawn Game Drive until midday – picnic breakfast by the Hippo Pool
OPTIONAL lunch and drinks at Paraa Lodge
OPTIONAL boat trip on Nile to see Murchison Falls, animals and birds in the afternoon
Game drive back through the Park to Pakwach.
Second night at Sun Rise GH, Pakwach (or similar)
Day 26
(Sunday)
Early morning drive through the Park.
Cross the Nile on the car ferry, walk to the top of Murchison Falls.
Continue to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary near Masindi (HB)
Day 27
(Monday)
Day in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
OPTIONAL guided walk to track Rhinos
Second night at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (HB)
Day 28
(Tuesday)
Drive from Ziwa back to Entebbe
Stay at Sunset Hotel, Entebbe (B&B) for your last night in Uganda.
Day 29
(Wednesday)
Relaxing day – sightseeing around Lake Victoria and Entebbe, lunch in a restaurant.
Say good-bye to your Driver-Guide after spending four weeks with him. Check in at the Airport.

 

COST GUIDELINE in 2018

From £975 for two and a half weeks (or from £1,550 for 4 weeks) in Uganda, to include all accommodation, half board, Driver-Guide with transport in Uganda and activities as listed in the detailed sample four week itinerary.

Flights, visas, some meals and optional activities are excluded. It is suggested you budget an extra £6 a day for meals and drinks, £40 for Uganda visa and up to £100 if you want to do any of the optional activities.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS

You will need to be adaptable and accepting of the circumstances and environment which may not always be what you expect or may change unexpectedly! Before you commit yourself and book a Volunteer and Explore Uganda Tour, we strongly advise you to read through all the INFORMATION pages on this website to make sure you are aware of what life is like in Uganda and the conditions you might expect as it is so different from Western countries.

 

VOLUNTEER CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

Volunteers make a great contribution to the people of Teso and are much appreciated. They will give you a very warm welcome. We ask volunteers to respect the local culture to avoid causing problems. However, we have found in the past that sometimes volunteers inadvertently behave in ways which may be acceptable in their home countries, but which can cause upset and problems in Teso. We want everyone concerned to have a really positive experience, leading to new friendships and a valuable interchange of ideas and skills. Anyone volunteering with Homestead Tours and Safaris is asked to read through the VOLUNTEER CODE OF BEHAVIOUR and then to sign a form accepting the Code when you book.

 

Please contact us to discuss your plans and requirements for a Volunteer and Explore Uganda Tour.