CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA.
Uganda is a small but robust country in terms of travel experiences is probably your best choice of travel if seeking for an African cultural safari experience. The Uganda cultural experiences are almost authentic because the country is fairly remote, and not that many tourists have discovered this little gem of a country called The pearl of African.
Some of the cultural experiences in Uganda are.
THE BATWA PYGMIES EXPERIENCE-Bwindi forest and Mgahinga Gorilla park. The Batwa are the pre-historics of the current Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla parks. These short thick-muscled people shared a habitat with mountain gorillas and were hunters of antelopes. Not gorillas, and fruits gatherers, they were however expelled out of the forests and turned into National parks in a bid to protect the habitat of the mountain gorillas. The Batwa however settled by the edges of the forest of Bwindi and Mgahinga. The Batwa experience was created by the displaced BATWA PYGMIES to educate their children and to share their amazing heritage and traditions with the World. A visit to either one of the site will give you an incredible day hike in the rain forest with the Batwa guides, see how the Batwa lived and hunted, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for animals and birds. You will hear ancient legends and traditional songs, watch energetic dances, and join in a mock hunting party.
ENTANDA CULTURAL EXPERIENCES. Located 60kms west of Kampala, the Entanda cultural experience is our best recommendation for travelers seeking to fully immerse themselves in understanding the culture of the Ugandan people. A typical day cultural experience at Entanda would start as early as 8am with you transferring from Kampala or Entebbe arriving at 10am. The group is then split, men go to hunting [mock hunting, not the actual hunting-no animal is killed] and other groups can enjoy local games, traditional dance, bow and arrow shooting, or learn how to play the sekitulege [Berimbau music bow].
Fee is UGX 60000[USD 20] and caters for all activities, fruits, fresh hot meals, goat roasting and transport to and from Kampala.
IK PEOPLE OF MORUNGOLE MOUNTAINS-KIDEPO VALLEY PARK. The IK people of Kidepo valley NP sometimes called Teuso are a marginalized ethnic group numbering between 10000 to 11000 people living in the Morungole mountain in the northern Uganda near the border with Kenya, next to the more populous Karamojong and Turkana people. The IK were displaced from their land to create the present-day Kidepo valley NP and consequently suffered extreme famine. Also, their weakness relative to other tribes meant they were regularly raided. The IK are subsistence farmers who grind their own grain.
The IK people live in several small villages arranged in clusters, which comprise the total[community]. Each small village is surrounded by an outer wall-made from thorny bushes and shrub cuttings entangled to form a protective fence. The IK people were the first to migrate to Northeastern Uganda and they still remind everyone that IK means [head of migration]. Visiting the IK people gives you a rare insight into an endangered tribe in Africa with less than 10000 members and is seen as endangered for its future existence as they attempt to eke out a living high in the mountains with some of the most fantastic scenery in all of Uganda. As you are guided around the village ask village, ask questions about the lifestyle of the IK people, the raising of children is quite different here, polygamy is part of a formal education besides learning to fend for yourself. Your hike up to the mountains visiting the IK people Kidepo valley will be one of the highlights of your time in Uganda. Enjoy the different cultural ways, of the IK people, learn from them and enjoy some of their local meals with them, it will be quite different from what you are used to.
Karamojong [kidepo]. There is a big divide between northern and southern Uganda with regards to the landscape, the history and the people. This difference is encapsulated by the Karamojong people of the remote north east Uganda. A Nilotic speaking pastorist people, their affection for assault rifles and cattle rustling historically made them off limit to visitors. Happily, times have changed, the guns have gone and there is a warm welcome to visitors wanting to know more about Karamojong life when staying in Kidepo Valley National Park or the wider Karamoja region.
Urban Uganda [Kampala and Entebbe]. One of the most significant African trends in recent years is the movement of people from villages for education, work and the amenities of modern life. This has made the cities fast growing, colourful, hubs of life. In Uganda, the capital city, Kampala and the quieter administrative Centre of Entebbe are where you can explore crowded streets, museums, markets and experience 21st century Uganda in the raw.
Some of the cultural sites in Uganda include, KASUBI TOMBS located 5km from Kampala city in a place called Kasubi and they hold a significant to Buganda kingdom, four kings of the kingdom were buried in it, NAMUGONGO SHRINE where 22 catholic Christian converts brutally lost their lives following orders of the Baganda king, kabala mwanga the second in 1886, BAKERS FORT located approximately 29km north of the town of Gulu in a place called Patiko, north east of Awach which symbolizes Sir Samuel Baker, an early explorer in Uganda, BIGO BYA MUGYENYI located in a place called Ntusi in Mubende district which holds the ancient earthwork and cultural values of the ancient Chwezi, the first Bachwezi people who lived in the area, KARAMBI TOMBS, MPARO TOMBS, SEZIBWA FALLS, NAKAYIMA TREE, NKOKONJERU TOMBS, NYERO ROCK PAINTINGS, NAGGALABI-BUDDO CORONATION SITE among others.