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Your 10 days Uganda hot springs safari package is the ideal excursion for the hot spring lover. Your safari trip is an ultimate adventure across Uganda’s major geysers. Hot springs are formed by the emergency of geothermal heated groundwater that rises from the earth’s crust. The temperature of the waters varies from one spring to another, some springs have temperature safe for bathing while other are too hot that immersion can result in injury or death.
On this hot springs Safari, you will visit; Panyimur hot springs in Nebbi, Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki National Park, Burunga hot springs situated at the base of Bwamba escarpment, Rwagimba hot springs found in Kabarole, Kitagata hot springs found in Sheema district and Kibiro hot springs situated in Hoima. In spite of the scientific explanations behing the formation of the springs, you will be thrilled by the different local myths explaining the formation of each spring. Also, most of the springs are believed to have healing properties and supernatural powers. The Sempaya springs are for instance believed to be the location of a female and male spirit with the ability to grant fertility and prosperity respectively. Most of the hot springs are sacred and revered spiritual shrines.
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Your 10 days Uganda hot springs safari package will include:
Your 10 days Uganda hot springs safari will begin when a driver – guide picks you from a suitable location in Kampala. You will embark on a drive to Nebbi district in Northern Uganda – the location of the enchanting Panyimur hot springs. The springs are situated on Amor Pii hill, 35km off Pakwach – Arua highway. You will have lunch en-route and then drive on to Ajai Wildlife Reserve situated on the western bank of the White Nile in Arua.
After having breakfast, you will embark on a drive to the location of the Panyimur hot springs. The springs are situated about 3 km from Panyimur fishing village on the western shore of Lake Albert in Nebbi district. You will trek through masses of overgrown grass, shrubs and trees before you finally arrive at the hot springs. The location of the springs give you a beautiful view of the distant hills and rugged terrain.
The Panyimur hot springs are fascinating, the locals are able to cook food and even boil eggs from the hot waters. Also, it is believed that the springs have divine healing powers. The locals worship at the pool and deep their sick into it to be cleansed of their infirmities. After exploring the Panyimur hot springs, you will have lunch and embark on a drive to the celebrated Semuliki National Park – the location of the famous Sempaya hot springs.
After having breakfast, you will set out again on your Uganda hot springs adventure, to explore Sempaya hot springs. The springs are situated in Semuliki National Park, at the edge of the great Ituri forest, on the boarders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Sempaya hot springs exist as two springs; the female spring and the male spring found in two separate locations. The hot springs spurt and bubble at approximately 103 degrees Celsius, making the marvel of cooking food and boiling eggs without a fire possible.
The local Bamaga tribe refer to the female spring as Nyasimbi and the male spring as Mumbugu. The location of Nyasimbi is a 30 minutes’ walk off the main road into the beaten forest tracks. The spring is revered as the location of a powerful female ancestral spirit, with the ability to bestow fertility upon the barren women and grant an easy and pain-free delivery to the pregnant. The location of Mumbugu is an hour long journey into the thickets and woodlands. The violent spring is believed to be the sacred shrine of a male god, the ancestral spirit associated with wealth and prosperity.
Your day’s excursions will begin with a game drive in Semuliki National Park. You will drive through any of the three demarcated tracks across the Savannah grassland of Tooro Semliki Wildlife Reserve. While on this excursion, you will spot several wild animals. Though rarely seen, you could be lucky enough to sight; the elusive leopards and bush babies. After the game drive, you will have lunch and drive to Buranga springs, particularly visiting the Kagoro hot springs. The springs are located close to the Rwenzori mountains, at the base of Bwamba escarpment.
The area is mainly dominated by lowland tropical rain forests, with a wealth of animals and plants of western and eastern tropical Africa. The Kagoro hot springs occupy an area of about 50 × 15 m, enclosed by rain forest. The springs built up to 1.5 m high travertine cones. At the base of the massive travertine cone are sulphur deposits – the only ones found in Buranga. The temperatures of the boiling hot springs are between 60 – 91 degrees Celsius.
After having breakfast, you will embark on a transfer to Kabale district, the location of the Ihimba hot springs. The springs are located near the road on Kabale – Katuna road, about 8km South of Kabarole town. The locals in the area believe that the boiling springs have healing properties and are said to heal rheumatism and backache.
After exploring the hot springs, you will have lunch and then embark on an engaging tour of Kabale town. Besides exploring the town, you can go for an excursion on the famous Lake Bunyonyi. The lake lies between Kabale and Kisoro districts and is the location of 29 Islands including the infamous ‘Akampene’ – the punishment island where girls who got pregnant before marriage were abandoned by their parents to die there. Lake Bunyonyi is translated ‘the place of many little birds’, a famous birding spot with over 200 bird species.
On the 6th day of your hot springs safari tour, you will have breakfast and then embark on a drive to Kabarole – the location of the Rwagimba hot springs. The springs are situated in Kibiito sub-county, on river Rwimi which separates Kabarole and Kasese districts. The sulphur hot springs are believed to have divine healing power – the ability to cure several ailments and afflictions. In the former years, the springs were reserved for the king of Toro and his chiefs, they would spend days lying in the warm waters to relax and cleanse their bodies of wastes and disease. After exploring the hot springs, you will have lunch and then embark on a tour of Kabarole town. You will retire at a comfortable lodging for dinner and overnight.
You will continue your hot springs safari with a transfer to Sheema district after having breakfast. You will drive to Kitagata hot springs, situated on Ishaka – Kagamba road in Sheema county. Kitagata is comprised of two hot springs adjacent to each other; the Ekyomugabe spring and Mulago spring. The former spring was named after the Omugabe – King of Ankole who used the springs, and the later was named after Mulago – Uganda’s largest National Referral hospital. A surprising number of over 200 people flood to Mulago spring on a daily basis. The water in the spring can warm up to 80 degrees Celsius. You will spend the entire day exploring the area around the springs. As the evening sets in, you will check in at a comfortable lodging in or close to Sheema.
After having breakfast, your hot springs safari excursion will continue as you embark on a drive to Hoima town – the location of Kibiro hot springs and salt gardens. The springs are located 35 km north of Hoima town in Kibiro fishing village, Kigorobya sub-county, near the shores of Lake Albert. The location of the springs offers a splendid view across Lake Albert. The lake is less than a kilometer way, west of the spring, and there is a high escarpment about 100 meters east of the springs.
At the climax of your safari, you will transfer to Fort Portal after having breakfast. You will spend the second last day of your hot springs safari exploring the wealth of attractions in Fort Portal. You will first pay a visit to the crater lakes region – a mass of lakes formed as a result of violent volcanic explosions. A visit to the region will give you a spectacular view across Fort Portal town, the Rwenzori mountain range and the massive Tooro kingdom.
After exploring the crater lakes region, you will have lunch and then visit Tooro palace – the residence of King Oyo, the reigning monarch of Tooro kingdom. The palace’s location on Kabarole hill offers a panoramic view of Fort Portal town and a large part of Tooro Kingdom. You will also visit the Karambi tombs – the burial sight of three of Tooro kingdom’s famous kings.
Finally, you will pay a visit to the fabled ‘Amabere ga nyina mwiru’ – a remarkable cultural site comprising of limestone caves concealing the fascinating breast-like features dripping a whitish-milky substance. A traditional Tooro legend has it that the breast-like features (amabere) are Nyinamwiru’s breasts.
On the last day of your hot springs safari, you will have breakfast, check out of your lodge and then embark on a return trip to Kampala. You will make a brief stop at the equator in Kayabwe, for you to take photographs at the monuments. You will also visit the curio shops in the area and have lunch before continuing with your journey to Kampala. Once you reach Kampala, your guide will drive you to a location of your choice or take you to the airport if you have a flight to catch, marking the end of your 10 days Uganda hot springs safari.