Uganda Sourcing Safari

Explore Cacao and Coffee in the Heart of Africa

Dates: Jan 27 - Feb 5, 2022

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Adventure Overview

Join Moka Origins Co-Founder, Jeff Abella, to the heart of Western Uganda. This signature Origin Adventure brings you to the epitome of African culture and embodies our pursuit of fair trade partnerships and sustainable coffee and cacao production in Africa. We’ll join our sourcing partner Latitude Trading Company and meet some of the farmers who grow our beans. Together we will consciously experience the breathtaking sights of Uganda's landscapes and wildlife, and honor some of Africa’s most iconic attractions.

  • Witness how sustainable farming and ethical sourcing supports communities
  • Hike through the lush rainforest while observing Chimpanzees
  • Whitewater raft down the Nile river
  • Observe wild elephants lions on a guided safari
  • Taste tons of raw cacao fruit, local chocolate and fresh coffee

Yoga On This Adventure

Optional meditation and yoga will be infused throughout the journey to heighten our awareness of the beauty and energy of the region. We will use asana to keep our bodies attuned for adventure, relaxation practices for rest and nurturance, and mediation to assimilate the vibrance, abundance, and grace this experience has to offer.

Adventure Highlights

Cacao in Semuliki Forest

The Semuliki Forest is home to our cacao partner, Latitude Trade Co and located in the Rwenzori Mountains of Western Uganda. The 1,500 farmers who grow our beans are also located at the very base of these mountains, and utilize Latitudes collection and fermentation points. We’ll experience cocoa harvesting, fermenting, drying and participating in planting trees.

Coffee in Bukonzo Village

We are proud to work with coffee grown by 1,500 hard working farmers and sourced by Atlas Coffee Importers. The Bukonzo Organic Coffee Cooperative is located in the Kasese District of Western Uganda. These mountains are famous for their lush and diverse vegetation and terrain, ranging from their snow capped mountains to lush rainforests. We’ll be visiting our coffee partners to learn about our Uganda Bukonzo coffee and the lives of the farmers who harvest it.

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest is a vast region of tropical rainforest where we will be guided by experts to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat as they search for food, grooming one another, and play games high up in the forest canopy. Famously known to hold the highest density of primates in all of Africa, Kibale’s lush evergreens, grasslands, and rainforests are home to 13 recorded species, among them the chimpanzee. Along the way our guide will point out several sought-after species of bird such as green-breasted pitta, blue turaco and Nahan’s francolin.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

We’ll take a guided safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park in hopes of spotting 4 of the Big 5: African elephants, buffalo, lions, leppards, as well as antelopes and local birds. Queen Elizabeth National Park extends from the base of the Rwenzori Mountain Rangeand offers breathtaking scenery and thriving wildlife.

Kazinga Channel Boat Safari

The Kazinga Channel bisects Queen Elizabeth National park and connects Lake Edward to Lake George. Our guide will steer us down this river as we observe hippos, birds, and the occasional Nile Crocodile, who all use the river for protection during the midday heat. This river is a highlight to the park, and a perfect way to get close to wildlife.

Nile River Whitewater Rafting

Jinja is a town famously known as the source of the Nile Rile, one of the rare north flowing rivers and the longest river in Africa. The rapids flowing from Lake Victoria offers some of the best white water rafting in the world, and is a great way to explore Uganda's picturesques landscapes.

Kampala City

As the capital city of Uganda, Kampala’s busting city brings African culture, food, architecture, and is the home of Latitude Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Factory. We’ll stop in the factory for lunch, tour their factory, and have dinner in one of Kampala's many restaurants.

Accommodations

This trip provides plenty of time to relax, swim, experience culture and enjoy local food. All participants will share lodging with immediate travel partners, or with a same-gender roommate. We'll be staying in comfortable lodgings throughout our journey.

Accommodation Styles: Hotels for 2 nights; Guest House for 2 nights; Safari Lodge for 4 nights; Classic Tents for 1 night

All bookings are double-occupancy however we can provide a single room with supplement fee of $400.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Thu Jan 27: Arrive Uganda
    • Fly into Entebe, Uganda and be met by Jeff Abella at the airport. Join up with our full group in Entebe.
    • Accommodations: Entebe City
  • Day 2, Fri Jan 28: Crater Lake Hike
    • After breakfast, we’ll drive to Fort Portal where we will spend two nights
    • Crater Lake Hike in around Fort Portal
    • Accommodations: Fort Portal
  • Day 3, Sat Jan 29: Cacao Farming
    • After breakfast we will drive to Bundibugyo village and our cacao partner Latitude Trading Co, and Founder visit Jeff Steinberg.
    • Experience cacao harvesting and cacao collection. Learn about different methods of processing and collection and fairtrade pricing.
    • Visit fermentation facility
    • Evening Accommodations: Fort Portal
  • Day 4, Sun Jan 30: Kibale Forest National Park
    • Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
    • Explore Kibale village and enjoy local enjoy local culture and cuisine
    • Accommodations: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day 5, Mon Jan 31: Chimpanzee Tracking
    • We will spend the morning tracking chimpanzees while hiking in the Kibale Forest National Park.
    • Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our Safari lodges situated in the savanna.
    • Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6, Tue Feb 1: Cacao Visit and Boat Safari
    • After breakfast we will travel with Latitude Trading Co and visit their cacao facility in Kasese
    • Lunch at the lodge
    • We’ll take a boat Safari on the Kazinga Channel
    • Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 7, Wed Feb 2: Safari and Coffee Day
    • After an early breakfast we’ll take a safari game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • We will visit the source of our Uganda coffee at the Bukonzo Organic Cooperative
    • Free afternoon to enjoy the lodge.
    • Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 8, Thu Feb 3: Chocolate Factory Tour and Tasting
    • Drive to Kampala
    • Lunch at Latitude’s Chocolate Factory
    • Tour Chocolate Factory
    • Accommodations: Kampala City
  • Day 9, Fri Feb 4: Nile River Rafting
    • Drive to Jinja, the source of the Nile River
    • We’ll take a guided white water rafting trip down the Nile with expert guides.
    • Free afternoon with optional activities.
    • Accommodations: Jinja Village
  • Day 10, Sat Feb 5: Departing Flights From Entebbe International Airport
    • Optional activities and shopping
    • Drive to Entebe for Farewell Dinner
    • Evening Airport Departures.
    NOTE: This is the tentative agenda, it can change due to time, weather, group energy capacity, or other constraints.

Registration Details

Trip Cost

$4,600 = Early Registration Rate (before Dec 21, 2020)

$4,900 = Normal Registration Rate (after Jan 1, 2021)

*Deposit of $1,200 needed to secure your seat

Important Dates

Registration window ends September 1, 2021

Final Payment Due by September 1 2021

Trip Dates: Jan 27th - Feb 5th 2022



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Complete our Tour Participant Agreement and we will send you a payment link to make your deposit or full payment, as well as additional trip details. Please email us at Jeff@mokaorigins.com with any questions.

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Other Information

Pricing Includes:

  1. All ground transportation and airport transfer in Uganda
  2. All meals scheduled in itinerary
  3. All accommodations as scheduled in itinerary
  4. All itinerary activities
  5. All gratuity charges

Pricing Excludes:

  1. International Travel to/from Uganda
  2. Additional Excursions and Activities
  3. Alcoholic Beverages
  4. Visas and travel insurance

Cancellation Policy:

All requests for cancellation must be submitted by email to Jeff Abella (Jeff@mokaorigins.com). Your cancellation date will be the date on which we receive your written notice. Allow 30-days for refunds to be processed. Regardless of the reason, cancellations result in additional costs and processing time for the Tour Organizer. A $95 administrative fee plus the following charges will be assessed for cancellation:

  1. July 1, 2021 - Sep 1, 2021 = $500 Fee
  2. Sep 2, 2021 - Nov, 1 2021 = $1,000 Fee
  3. Nov 2, 2021 - Start of Trip is subject to a 100% penalty

Packing List & FAQ's

Here is a link to our Ugandan FAQ page with a travel map, weather projects, packaing list and more.

FAQ's and Packing List

Eco-Tourism

Our commitment to sustainability extends even to the way we travel. We believe all tourism should be beneficial to the areas we visit and should be left as good, or better, than when we arrived. We ask that you make this commitment with us while travelling together, and be mindful about how our presence affects local culture, environment, or natural resources, especially as we are interacting with national parks, wildlife, farming villages, and local communities.



Meet Your Guides

The Latitude Team

We are lucky to have Latitude's Founder/Director Jeff Steinberg and Tour Expert Madeline Dollin host us in Uganda.

The Moka Origins Team

Our Co-Founder and CEO Jeff Abella along with Founder of Sacred Trails Linda Domino will be your Moka Ambassadors.

Jeff Abella, Co-Founder Moka Origins

Jeff Abella, Moka Origins

This trip will be lead by Moka Origins Co-Founder Jeff Abella, who comes with 13 years of experience in international project management and tour group hosting. Specialty coffee, craft chocolate, family and empowered communities are key motivations for Jeff. Jeff has been working on international development since 2007 and his passion for social entrepreneurship has led him to participate in the establishment of humanitarian projects in West Africa, and Central Mexico and to founding Moka Origins in Pennsylvania. Jeff also currently serves as the Managing Director of Himalayan Institute in Cameroon and on the FedEx entrepreneur advisory board. As CEO of Moka Origins, Jeff manages brand strategy, while also overseeing relationship and impact at origin.

Linda Domino

Linda Domino, Sacred Trails

Linda Domino will serve as yoga guide for this journey. She has been a friend of Moka Origins since guiding her first retreat at the Himalayan Institute in early 2018. Linda has been practicing and teaching yoga and mediation for nearly 20 years and has guided numerous yoga retreats. She attended the inaugural Origin Trip to the Dominican Republic this past June. It was transformational, and inspired her new venture, Sacred Trails, committed to curating gatherings, events, and conscious travel experiences that inspire inner growth and awakening! Linda embraces travel and immersive cultural experiences as a way to see ourselves and others with renewed clarity, love and compassion. She believes it awakes our sense of purpose and unity and she is eager to share it with others!