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Cultural Tours in Uganda

Cultural Tours in Uganda

Cultural Tours in Uganda enable Tourists to visit and interact with cultures of the areas they visit. Visitors to a particular area have the opportunity to be part of the music and dance as well as folktales. These cultural tours enable Tourists to learn about the values of the people and participate in cooking of traditional food as well as taste these fresh organic meals.

Being the Heart for Top African safari tours like gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, wildlife safaris and hiking tours among others, Uganda also offers unique and exciting cultural tours that attract a variety of cultural Enthusiasts from all over the world. With more than 56 tribes, Uganda’s culture displays the uniqueness of each tribe based on the various traditions including traditional norms, language, dress code, cooking styles, art, music and drama. In addition, Uganda cultural tours  often done in conjunction with several Uganda safaris including wildlife viewing, and gorilla trekking experiences, to mention but a few.

Cultural tours in Uganda will give you a glimpse into some of Uganda’s top cultures: get an opportunity to interact with various cultures and spend time in their company. In addition, get to appreciate cultural dances and folk tales, as well as take part in preparing and enjoying the different local dishes. Furthermore, Uganda cultural tours allow you to explore Uganda’s history and origins; from the pre-colonial era to the post-colonial era. Exploring ancient shrines, kingdoms, and palaces is all part of exploring Uganda’s rich culture and heritage. Here are the most popular Cultural Tours in Uganda.

The Batwa Trail

The Batwa cultural trail is an exciting Experience in Uganda that takes travelers to explore the ancient life and history of the Batwa.  Meanwhile, The Batwa also known as the “Batwa Pygmies”  the earliest inhabitants of the Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable forests. Thousands of years ago before  declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Living in the dense forests, the Batwa were hunter-gatherers who depended on the forest for every single need including shelter, food and medicine.

These people had a vast knowledge of forest plants, a whole range of techniques for hunting and gathering. Customary for this knowledge passed on orally through music, dances as well as storytelling. Request the Batwa experience to be added on your visit to Uganda and Rwanda and learn more about the life of this unique culture.


The Karamojong Community

The Karamojong Community Encounter is yet another exciting Cultural Adventure in Uganda. Often called the Karamojong village tour, it engages tourists in an insight into the Karamojong Manyatta villages located near Kidepo Valley National Park in northeastern Uganda. The Karamojong are legendary warriors and herders who formerly roamed wide strips of land around Uganda and East Africa. They speak a language with Nilo-Saharan Kalenjin origins shared by pastoralists in South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. Having originated from Ethiopia around 1600, the Karamojong settled and occupied areas around Mount Moroto. Divided into clans known as the Bokora, Pian and Matheniko.

When Tourists visit the Karamojong manyattas, they get a glimpse into their everyday life, customs and culture and the ideal way to end the day is to sing and dance around a constructed fire. These traditional dances and performances  mostly performed by children and women. The Karamojong cultural experiences  usually included on Uganda safari itineraries to Kidepo Valley National Park.


The IK Community

Just like the Karamojong Cultural Tour, the IK Cultural Experience also offered in Uganda safaris to Kidepo Valley National Park. The IK Community the smallest ethnic group in Uganda with over 10,000 individuals. Referred to as the “mountain people of Uganda,” they reside on top of Mount Morungole in Kidepo Valley National Park near the Kenya border.

The IK people believed to have come from Ethiopia and originally settled in Kenya before moving to Kidepo Valley National Park. They are traditionally renowned hunters and gatherers but due to cattle rustling by other tribes like the Karamojong of Uganda, Turkana of Kenya and also the Tuposa of South Sudan, they gave up cattle keeping for subsistence farming, bee-keeping and goat husbandry.

The IK became known in the 1970’s after appearing in a book by British American anthropologist Colin Turnbull titled, “The Mountain People.” He was amazed at how these people lived so peacefully and in harmony on top of a mountain. The IK cultural experience is a one day tour that involves hiking the lush slopes of Mount Morungole to see these people.


Fort Portal Cultural Tour

Famously known as the Tourism City of Uganda, Fort Portal is one of the best Historical and Cultural towns in the Country. Fort Portal is located in Western Uganda’s Kabarole District, home to the Tooro people and Tooro Kingdom. Cultural Tours to Fort Portal include exploring various sites including the Tooro Palace, Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru, the Omukama and Karambi Tombs. In addition, tourists can also stroll through the villages and local markets to see how the locals live.


Kampala & Buganda Cultural Tour

Kampala is one of the fast growing African cities and one of the best places to go for African nightlife and also fascinating cultural tours. Being the Capital City of Uganda, Kampala is occupied by various ethnic groups, nonetheless, the City lies in the Buganda Kingdom region.

Buganda kingdom is one of Uganda’s ancient kingdoms and the largest with their language known as Luganda. The Baganda are a Bantu-speaking ethnic group that live in central Uganda and span over the districts of Kampala, Masaka, Mukono, Mpigi, Mubende, Kiboga, Kalangala and Rakai among others.

The Baganda were originally farmers who grew bananas, yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, beans, cowpeas and many others. They also reared domestic animals such as goats, cattle, sheep and poultry. The Baganda were mostly skilled in hunting and fishing, majority of home chores and farming were delegated to women, whereas, men focused on hunting, fishing and fighting. The Baganda have one of the richest cultures in Uganda and in addition to that, the Kampala cultural tour is centered on exploring their culture and heritage.

Aside from exploring Uganda’s top historical sites like the Uganda Museum, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, tourists also get an opportunity to visit the Buganda Kingdom Palace where the Buganda kings reside, Bulange Parliament, Kasubi Tombs which is the burial grounds for Buganda’s kings and the Kabaka’s lake. Tourists also get the chance to enjoy authentic cultural performances at Ndere Cultural Center to appreciate Uganda’s rich and diverse culture.