Community and Cultural Tourism

COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL TOURISM

Community and cultural tourism is a form of sustainable tourism that allows visitors or travellers to connect closely with communities they visit. Through this they have identified and developed local capacity to participate meaningfully in Uganda tourism industry. Uganda has got many cultural sites all over the country.

Uganda has got 65 tribes, in Uganda to be more specific some include:

Madi, Bagisu, Bagwere, Badama, Bamba, Banyoro, Banguli, Banyabindi, Japadhola, Alur, Tepeth, Lugbara Langi, Acholi Bateso , Batooro, Bakiga, Banyankole, Basongora, Batuku, Batwa Baziba, Chope, Dodoth ,Ik, Jie, Kakwa, Kebu, Karimojong, Kumum, Lendu. Myuba, Nubi, Pokot ,Sabinyi, Samia, Sebei, Balamoji, Bahororo .etc

The Ik

The Ik is the smallest tribe in Uganda with less than 10,000 people they lived in the kidepo valley national park. The Ik are interesting people with unique culture.

Children at the age of 3-4 years do not sleep in the same house with their parents, they sleep with their age mates in the different houses







 

The karamojong

The karamojong also boarder with the IK In the east. The Karamojong are cattle keepers. They are nomadic in nature, they have unique dressing bracelets & unique dances. This tribe has not yet embraced modernity it’s a place not to miss when you travel to Uganda

The Batwa

They are commonly known as the pygmies, are an endangered group of people around the Echuya forest reserve in Kisoro, Kabale and bundibujo districts of south western Uganda. “They are keepers of the forest”

A day with the Batwa gives you the opportunity to enjoy the following:

  • Hear Ancient Legends and traditional songs
  • Talk to a herbal medicine man and learn about the medicinal properties of the forest flora
  • There Batwa traditional homestead and their way of living
  • See how they hunted in a traditional way.

 

 

The Bagisu

These are people from eastern part of Uganda, in the districts of Mbale, Manafwa, Sironko, Bulambuli (they call themselves the Bamasaba)

They have an interesting culture with, circumcision ritual called Imbalu and cultural dance called Kadodi

This traditional circumcision is done at mutoto cultural site in Mbale district

 

Imbalu qualifies young bamasaba boys from bugisu ages (14-220 ) into manhood

Imbalu candidates have to stand stock still as they undergo the cut, No anaesthetics are administered and candidates have to show fortitude and candidates are watched closely as they are cut


 

 

 

 


CULTURAL SITES NOT TO MISS IN UGANDA



Kasubi Tombs

Its just located 6km from Kampala right after Mengo in Lubaga division, it’s one of the main treasures of the Buganda kingdom .These tombs are a UNESCO world heritage site.

They are mainly burial sites of Buganda kingdoms kings (Kabaka)

 

Lubiri Mengo (Buganda Kingdom’s Palace)

This is the king’s palace found in Mengo it was constructed in the colonial era in 1885 and sits on 4 square miles. After the lubiri was destroyed in may 1966 Battel of mengo hill at the culmination of the struggle between MuteesaII and Milton Obote for power it’s now used as the Royal compound of the Kabaka.

 

Bulange

This is a building that houses the Lukiiko (Parliament) of the kingdom of Buganda and the Katikiro (Prime minister) of Buganda. The building serves as the administrative headquarters of the Buganda kingdom

 

Kabaka's lake

Its located in Ndeeba, between Ring Road and Nabunya Road. It’s the largest excavated lake in in Africa. Its was dug out of the orders of Kabaka Mwanga in the 1880 as an escape corridor to lake Victoria.

Uganda Martrys Shrine in Namugongo

Its approximately 16km from Kampala its where the 22 young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda were burned to death for their refusal to renounce Christianity. They were both catholic and protestant.

 

Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedral

Namirembe is the prominent Cathedral for members of the Anglican faith in Uganda. It was built in 1903 on top of Namirembe hill.

Rubaga cathedral is the most prominent for the Roman Catholics, it was built 1880 on top of the Rubaga hill

Both cathedrals hold the highest officials of the Christianity denominations.

 

Ndere Centre

It’s the home of cultural information. its located in Ntinda . It’s probably one of those places you can enjoy traditional oral dancing cuisines and culture from with in Kampala.

 

Ssezibwa Falls

It is located in Mukono It is belived that hundreds of years ago a woman called Nakangu from the fox clan was expected to give birth to a set of twins but instead gave birth to two rivers one which is Ssezibwa and another Mobeya.

All Buganda kings have visited Seziwa falls to seek blessings from there ancestors

 

Uganda Museum

It’s located in Kampala it displays and exhibits Ethnological Natural - historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage it was founded in 1908 after Governor George Wilson called for all articles of interest on Uganda to be procured.

 

Bahai Temple

It was founded in 1844 located 3km north of Kampala and is the only Bahai temple on the continent and one of the only nine around the world.

Bahai Temple is modelled on a traditional African hut. The dome like shape symbolises the divine circle a reflection of heaven on earth and spirituality or sacred boarders.

 

Karambi Tombs

These are found 3kms south of Fort portal. It’s a burial ground of the 3 kings (Abakama) of Tooro Kingdom and these are Kyembe Kamurasi Rukidi III and Olumi Kaboyo II found in the three separate tomb houses. Outside the houses are the tombs of princess and the princesses of the kingdom.

The scenary around the tombs the tombs is beautiful with several large mango trees scattered all over . It has an impressive simple and unique architecture .

 

 

 

Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves

They are a historical site believed to be the birth place of the founding king of the Bachwezi ,Located 5km west of fort portal, the main cave is small and supported by pillar like formation of stalactite’s and stalagmites . Standing alongside are moss covered rocks behind a small waterfall. They look so attractive.

 

Nakayima Tree

A beautiful spiritual princess Nakayima who once formed the hill of Mubende is said to have disappeared in the tree, supported by a very large and strong buttress, the Nakiyima trees one the strongest and oldest tree in existence today it’s believed to be 400 years.

The tree is situated in Mubende hill. The tree has 18 rooms with in it and people go there to pray for blessings.

 

Itaaba Kyabanyoro

This site is found a short distance away from Mbarara town. The site is important in the history of the Ankole Kingdoms the place where the last ruler (Known as wamala) of the Bachwezi empire designed the sacred royal drum known as Bagyendanwa.

The drum still exists to this day and is one of the revered cultured symbols of the Ankole kingdom to reach this site, you need to drive along the Mbarara to Kampala road and the stop of Kinoni Rwampala.

 

Nkokonjeru Tombs

These are burial sites of the last two kings of Ankole (Abagabe) Edward Solomon KahayaII and Sir Charles Godfrey Rutahaba Gasyonga II Several royals were also buried in this place. External to the main tomb are about 9 graves of other royals.

Its situated in a place called Kakiika in Mbarara town.

 

Igongo Cultural Centre

It exhibit’s the culture of south western Uganda and her neighbouring kingdom .

Its approximately located 12km from Mbarara town, it has recreational complex comprising of captivating and one of the best museum in Uganda.

It is a favourite stop over place for tourists to or from Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi impenetrable National park

Bigobyamugenyi (Fort of the stanger)

Its located in Tutsi Sembabule

This place is punctuated with numerous grass thatched huts the Bachwezi are believed to have had mysterious tendencies like leaving footmarks on rocks, Vanishing in thin air and flying in the wind. This site is very remote and requires perseverance and patience to go there

 

Cultural and Community Itenerary.

Kampala city tour (1day)

The city tour takes you to historical religious and cultural sites, you also get to move of the & Seven hills of Kampala. Ist  hill Makerere hill where Makerere Univerity is located , Kololo Hill (Colonial administrative hill),Rubaga Hill the home of Catholic Cathedral, Namirembe Hill Home to the Anglical Church cathedral  And mengo Hill Kabakas Administration centre Then Mbuya hill, Kibuli   hill Uganda museum, National  theretre, Craft  villages, OwinoMarket, KAbakas’ lake,Bahai temple Ndeere centre,Kasubi Tombs,Bulang e, Lubiri.

 

8 days of Uganda Community and cultural Safaris’

Day 1

Drive to fort portal, exploring the Nakayima tree and enroute  and tour the Amabere caves and  hives. The fort crater lakes

Day 2

Visit  royal palace of Tooro,Karambi tombs  and  Batooro Name giving  ceremony.

Day 3

Drive to Nshenyi cultural village.

Day 4

Explore the Nshenyi village to gain an insight into Banyankole culture.

Day 5

Drive to Mgahinga national park.

Day 6

Undertake the Batwa heritage trail.

Day 7

Igongo cultural centre

Day8

What entails the package

-service of English speaking driver/guide

-park entrance fees.

- driver allowances

- government taxes

- accommodation and meals per itinerary

- transportation in safari vehicle 4x4 wheel drive car

 

Exclusions

  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Flight ticket fare
  • Insurance
  • porters' fees

 

3 days short cultural tour in Uganda.

Undertake Kampala cultural tour.

Day 1

Do cultural tour in Kampala city. (Lubiri, Kasubi tombs,Museum,Bahai temple,Ndere centre)

Day 2

Old taxi park, Owino and other cultural sites in Kampala.

Day3

Tour kagulu hill and make a stop over at ssezibwa falls.

 

What entails the package

-service of English speaking driver/guide

-park entrance fees.

- driver allowances

- government taxes

- accommodation and meals per itinerary

- transportation in safari vehicle 4x4 wheel drive car

 

Exclusions

  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Flight ticket fare
  • Insurance
  • porters' fees

Isyo Safaris

Isyo Safaris has offices in these locations:

Makindye -luwafu road.
Plot 1778/1779, Block 273.
Kampala - Uganda

P.o box 8785 kampala.

 

Contact us

Phone

+256 774 888 009

+256 705 641 967

Email

ampaire@isyosafaris.com

ubuntu@isyosafaris.com

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