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How To Plan The Best 2021-2022 Cultural Safari For Uganda?

Immersing yourself in the immense natural beauty of Uganda is only one of the many facets of this enchanting land. In addition to the landscapes, forest, savannahs, marshlands, and highlands, you will also have the chance to learn more about the people who call the country home. As you tour the different corners of Uganda, you will gain insights into the traditional lifestyles, customs, rites, costumes, and art forms of the people. You can visit the museum in Kampala that carry relics of ancient times, dating back to an era long before the first outsiders set foot on the land.

Key Takeaways

  • Learning more about the culture of Uganda that is deeply rooted in nature
  • Peeking into the ancient lifestyles of 65 distinct tribes recognized by the Constitution
  • Visiting the different sites of historical and religious importance to the Ugandans
  • Understanding traditional living styles that incorporate sustainable living and respect for natural resources
  • Indulging in souvenirs craftwork, each telling a different cultural story about the unique pieces

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1. What To Expect From A Uganda Cultural Safari In 2021-2022?
2. Batwa Tribal Village Tour Of Bwindi & Mgahinga
3. Authentic Cultural Experience Of The Nshenyi Village - Ankole Tribe
4. Other Cultural Experiences In Uganda
How To Plan The Best 2021-2022 Cultural Safari For Uganda

1. What To Expect From A Uganda Cultural Safari In 2021-2022?

Key Takeaways

  • Cultural safaris for insights into the ancient political structure where a central monarch ruled over different chiefdoms. Bunyoro, Buganda, Tooro, and Acholi tribes reinstated after gaining independence
  • Experiencing the incredible culture of the various tribes in the likes of Acholi, Ik, and Karimojong, among others. Visiting several sites that still have remnants of ancient tribal villages
  • Several areas have historical importance and of special value for archaeologists. Experiencing traditional lifestyles by camping out in the villages
As of 2005, the constitution of Uganda recognizes an astonishing 65 distinct tribes. Some of them are related to one another but still retain unique aspects that set them apart, displaying an incredible cultural diversity that is fascinating to explore. As you will learn from this cultural safari experience in Africa, before the arrival of the Europeans, Uganda was ruled by a central monarch and also had different chiefdoms.

While most of the kingdoms were disrupted under the colonial advent, three of them were reinstated to preserve their heritage and glory. The monarchs of Bunyoro, Buganda, and Tooro have regained their status, as has the Acholi tribe of northern Uganda. The kingdoms of Ankole and Mpororo no longer exist, but remnants of their culture still form the mecca of various cultural trips.

As you’ll learn on your tours, cultural distinctions in Uganda are primarily made by the geographical surrounds north and south of Lake Kyoga. While the northern and southern tribes have diverse traditions, their trade and interactions create an interesting melting pot that is changing the face of modern-day Uganda. In the north are the Acholi and Langi, while the Dodoth, Pokot, Ik and Karimojong claim the north-east. The north-west is home to the Lugbar and Alur. Should you choose to travel to the east of Uganda, you may encounter the Benet, Ndorobo, Sabiny, and Bagisu, each with their unique customs.

The ancient civilizations of Uganda have left behind several remnants that are of special interest to archaeologists and tourists from all corners of the world. When organizing your itinerary, the trip consultant at AfricanMecca Safaris can add visits to some of the prime park and town destinations of cultural interest.
What To Expect From A Uganda Cultural Safari

2. Batwa Tribal Village Tour Of Bwindi & Mgahinga

Key Takeaways

  • Batwa people known as the keepers of the forest and for their dedication to conservation
  • Village accessible with a three-hour hike where visitors can spend an hour
  • Learning techniques of harvesting food from the forests, including honey, yams, wild mushrooms, and plants, for making medicines
The Batwa people of Uganda near Bwindi and Mgahinga were traditionally known as the keepers of the forest due to their dedication to preserving their green environs. A three-hour hike will take you into the Batwa village, where residents will allow you a peek into how they live in complete harmony with nature, taking only what they need. The forest is their source for everything, including foods like mushrooms, wild honey, and yams; plants for making medicines; and raw materials for their crafts and tribal wear.

You will spend about an hour in their company, learning about their cuisine, sustainable food harvesting techniques, ancient lore, and music and dance forms. Before you leave, shop at the community store for handmade items to remember your safari holiday.
Batwa Tribal Village Tour Of Bwindi & Mgahinga

3. Authentic Cultural Experience Of The Nshenyi Village - Ankole Tribe

Key Takeaways

  • Interacting with the Ankole people at the Nshenyi Village
  • Accessible with a two-hour drive from Mbarara winding through scenic hills
  • Opportunity to live in the village, dine on traditional meals, and participate in their daily activities, including cattle tending and rearing
The Nshenyi Village tour offers an introduction to the living styles of the Ankole people of Uganda. Not only will you be intensely charmed by the simple allure of their homes and lifestyles, but you will come to understand how they built their lives closely entwined with nature. The village is located a two-hour drive from Mbarara and set within undulating, scenic hills. You will stay in one of the traditional homes, adorned and preserved just as they were originally built.

In addition to experiencing an old living civilization, you will also take part in day-to-day activities. A typical day in the Nshenyi Village begins at dawn with the dreamy backdrop of the mist-covered mountains. As the native birds entertain you with their songs, you will enjoy a breakfast of fresh fruit, boiled eggs, and coffee made with freshly-ground beans. You also have the option of tea and creamy fresh milk. After breakfast, tag along with the kids going to school or take a lesson in milking cows or making matooke - boiled and mashed plantains.

Later, one of the community members might offer to be your guide for a trek in the mountains. Follow the Kagera Trail along the gurgling Kagera River to the Tanzanian border or through the savannah fields. Return to the village for a hearty lunch and siesta in a hammock as you watch the children playing. As the sun slides below the horizon, a boma campfire provides light for dinner, dancing, and musical extravaganza to the accompaniment of lively drum beats and energetic steps.

Additionally, the long-horned cattle owned by the Banyankole people of Ankole, Uganda, and the Tutsis of Rwanda are famous for their peculiar-shaped horns, which can grow straight or twisted and point in different directions. Held sacred and considered a sign of wealth and prosperity, the cattle are a must-see on your vacation in the country.
Authentic Cultural Experience Of The Nshenyi Village - Ankole Tribe

4. Other Cultural Experiences In Uganda

Key Takeaways

  • Visiting Kasubi Tombs known, to be the resting place of ancient kings, now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Checking out the two large mounds built by the Bachwezi kings, believed to be demigods
  • Walking tour through the Akariza Ngumba k’ Kyabagyenyi tunnel spanning a distance of five kilometers

Kasubi Tombs

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kasubi Tombs are the resting place of the kings of the Baganda, Basoga, and the ancient Bwa Kyabazinga kingdom.

Ntusi Earthworks Of The Bachwezi People

Believed to be demigods with extraordinary powers, the Bachwezi left behind two large mounds that you can see when holidaying in Ntusi. They also excavated large basins, creating valleys. Experts believe that the vales were a result of their quest for water in the subterranean levels of the ground.

The Tunnel Of Akariza Ngumba K’ Kyabagyenyi

The Akariza Ngumba k’ Kyabagyenyi tunnel covers a distance of five kilometers and extends from Kyabagyenyi to Omunshambya, near Ntutsi town. Local lore suggests that this tunnel was used by the last monarch of the Bachwezi, Wamala, to escape after his empire was destroyed.
Other Cultural Experiences In Uganda

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