5 Day Agricultural Tour in Uganda
I welcome you to Uganda, the land of milk and honey. Uganda is one of the leading agricultural countries in Africa. The Ugandan people enjoy different types of crop which are all locally grown unlike other African countries which have a limited variety of foodstuffs. Part of the reasons for the boom of the country’s agriculture sector is mainly because of the favorable climate and the fertile soils which favor any type of crop. There are many food and cash crops which are grown in Uganda and these include beans, cotton, coffee, bananas, cassava, Yams, cocoa, tea, sorghum, millet, Rice, Sweet and Irish potatoes and others. In the area of fruits, the country is blessed with a number of them which include the rare tropical fruits like Jackfruit, Pineapples, Mangoes, Oranges, sweet bananas, guavas, and others. This 5 day agricultural tour shall take you to the western part of the country which is notable for banana and cattle rearing. You shall be in position to explore the different banana plantations and various cattle farms.
Day 1: Transfer to Kiruhura district.
Kiruhura district is located between Masaka and Mbarara and much as it is notable for being the home of Lake Mburo national park, the districts commands a lot as regards to cattle farming. There are so many large farms in this district. It is should be noted that this is the district which the country home to Uganda’s current president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and president being an ardent farmer with great number of farms, it is no surprise that the people of the area have been inspired to start their own farms. On your way, you shall have a stopover at the equator to witness the difference between the north and southern hemisphere- be ready to take memorable photos. Later, you shall continue to Kaguta Junction where you shall branch off to Kaguta Road, road named after Uganda’s president, to Rushere town. Dinner and night stay at either someone’s home or Rushere hospital guesthouse.
Day 2 : Livestock farming tours
Early in morning after breakfast, you shall explore various farms located in the district. Here you shall learn about the local cattle, Ankole cattle ; learn about how milk production is threatening the local breeds since many farms now opt for exotic breeds; you shall witness the economic progress of the area as a result of the people’s pastoralism practices. Breakfast is always milk. Be ready to take this pure milk from the farms around the area. There are many notable farms which are frequently visited and these include: Mutanonga farm, the Texas farm, Ben Rutungu farm and others. It should be noted that you shall be able to explore other animals reared on the farms; most of the farms have both cattle and goats. Depending on the time of the day, you may travel with the herdsmen to see what it is like to feed these herds of cattle. Some farms contain over 2000 cattle. Later in the evening, you shall be treated to local dances before you retreat for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Transfer to Isingiro district.
When you read Uganda’s statistical abstract, an extract of the statistics compiled in Uganda. You shall realize that Isingiro district is the leading producer of bananas- Uganda’s staple food. After breakfast, you shall drive past Mbarara town, a town which has seen rapid development thanks to agriculture which is being carried out in the region. There are many amazing farms to watch out as you draw closer to Mbarara and the notable ones are the Kashari farms. You may have a stopover in Mbarara town and later continue to Isingiro. This is a 3-4 hours journey. Upon arrival in Isingiro District, you shall relax, dine, and rest. Accommodation here may be a homestay or the famous Kabuyanda guesthouse.
Day 4: Isingiro banana plantation tours
After breakfast, you shall have a whole day tour to various banana plantation farms. There are various types of bananas; all these various species are grown in Isingiro district. Be ready to try out some of the species. You shall explore the different farming methods that the people use to maintain their status as the leading banana growing district. In addition, you shall explore the different uses of bananas. You shall witness some of the locals trying to brew different types of alcohol out of bananas. Discover the challenges involved in maintaining a banana plantation. Later, travel back to your accommodation which may be a homestay or kabuyanda guesthouse.
Day 5: Travel back to Kampala.
By the end of this tour, you shall have different insights about bananas and cattle rearing in the western part of Uganda. Early in the morning, you shall travel back to Kampala to mark the end of the tour. This is a relatively cheaper tour.
- Accommodation and transportation during the trip
- Tour guide
- Farm fees
- Bottled mineral water
- Air ticket
- Visa fees
- Travel and medical insurance
- Personal items
- Beverages apart from those served on meals, and others.