Unique people offering classic authentic cultural tours experiences. There is no other way to expose the uniqueness of the Ugandan cultures other than going to them. Blessed with diverse ethnicities and, languages, cuisines, practices, Uganda is one unique destination for the ever best experiences in relation to culture. Whatever you had ever heard about the people of Uganda with what they do, the best way to get facts is by doing a cultural tour. You can contact us at Jewel Safaris for an itinerary draft.
Uganda has over 50 tribes and each has some unique interesting feature embedded in its practices which for long has been a pillar in the tourism sector. The best cultural practices are exhibited in east Africa with a number of authentic experiences giving long lasting memories to all travelers interested in this kind of tours offering deeper and more practical ways of understanding the different cultural music, dances, folk tales and dramas of Uganda across east African region. Doing a cultural safari in Uganda or East Africa offers a chance to travelers to visit and intimately interact with the different cultures that define the existence of Africa. they level up a ground for travelers from different parts of the world like Europe and America to appreciate the cultural values of African heritage. You can now get a share of what Uganda offers culturally. Just contact us at Jewel Safaris and get a taste of it.
Cultural Tours in Uganda
Uganda “the pearl of Africa” is a home for the most diverse cultures on the African continent. With over 50 tribes in Uganda speaking different languages distinctive from one another offering the best Cultural Tours. Uganda has only two major ethnic groups that is the Bantu and the Nilotics. The Bantu dominate the central (Baganda), west (Banyankole and others), south and the eastern (like Bagishu, Bagwere, Basoga and others) regions of Uganda. The Nilotics dominate the north, north east and North West parts of Uganda. Uganda’s different cultures are highly famous for exhibiting high levels of hospitality to the visitors and Hospitality is the strongest combining element of these cultures though distinctive languages are spoken. Still on being hospitable, Uganda was voted second most hospitable country in the world all attributed to these tribes. Visit Uganda and get the taste of hospitality practically.
The most cultural tours in Uganda are conducted in the different places where a particular culture is dominant, like kingdoms, villages and historical sites. However, you can also encounter the general culture of Uganda during the Kampala city tours with Jewel Safaris experienced team of guides.
The Batwa culture
This culture is found in the south western region of Uganda in the mountainous areas of Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Despite being home to the lustrous flora and an array of distinctive primates like the mountain gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park was originally home to the Batwa people of Uganda. The Batwa people were the original and ancient inhabitants of the area. They were also largely known as the forest keepers by the local people.
For many years, the Batwa people who lived in harmony in this forest survived by hunting small animals, gathering fruits and harvesting forest plants for food and herbal medicine were dislocated from the park in 1992 because the forest was upgraded to a national park status and also a UNESCO world heritage site. After the dislocation in 1992, the Batwa drastically got affected that they died to the point of getting extinct in 2001. However by the time the Batwa almost came to their edge of extinction from the face of the world, Dr. Scott and carol Kellermans from the American medical missionary society came in and rescued the suffering Batwa people and they also purchased land which was used to build schools and hospitals for the Batwa people.
An encounter with the Batwa people will give you a lifetime opportunity to learn about the way of survival, you will learn secret hiking tricks and hunting tricks of the Batwa people among others. You can as well visit one of the Batwa homesteads and learn how women prepare food and serve meals to their families. And, unwind with a performance of their local songs or a folk tale from the elders of the Batwa people. Better way to get this write up is by visiting them and you can now contact Jewel safaris and we arrange this cultural safari.
While on a cultural safari in the Buganda kingdom, you will reach to Buganda’s traditional sites like the Kasubi tombs, the kabaka’s palace, and the Bulange Mengo or Buganda legislature (parliament). The cultural tours to Buganda kingdom traditional sites will give you a lot of insight on not only Buganda but also other cultures that still prevail in the central region of Uganda.
The kabaka’s palace or the king’s palace is one of the most treasured places of the Baganda people. The palace is where the king and the heir prince or princes reside. There are two palaces in Kampala; on is located in Kireka and the other is found in Rubaga with in the city center of Kampala. The old kabaka’s palace is the most significant and visited by tourists; you can learn a lot about the different work that was carried out in the palace and the different kings that have lived in the palace before the current King Muwenda Mutebi.
You can also visit the parliament of the Buganda kingdom which is found in bulange Mengo at a building called masengere. The guide will tell you a lot about the activities done in the Buganda parliament plus see where the king sits during the Buganda parliamentary sessions; the sessions are conducted in Luganda as a sign of holding firm the customs and the norms of the Buganda traditions. At bulange, you can get a chance to see the display of the different clans and totems of the Baganda or the people of Buganda kingdom; you can take a photo next to the clan symbols or the statue of Kabaka in the courtyard of the Bulange.
The Kasubi tombs can be your other place to visit as you wind up the Buganda kingdom cultural tour. The Kasubi tombs are places located in Kasubi where the royal family is buried. The royal tombs at Kasubi are inscribed under the United Nations educational, scientific and conservational organization (UNESCO) world heritage sites and largely recognized as a great significance of the Buganda kingdom. The architecture of the Kasubi tombs; the grass thatched roof of the tombs go back many years to 1882 when they were constructed as the palace for Kabaka Muteesa 1. However, after two years, Kabaka Muteesa 1 died and that’s when the palace became his tomb, until now. A lot of others interesting facts about the royal tombs in Kasubi will be narrated to you during your visit.
Just at the heart of the famous well-endowed Kidepo valley national park exists the most experiential and dominant tribe called the Karimojong with its people called the Karamojong. Karimojong people are found in the northeastern side of Uganda in the districts of Kaabong, Kotido, Amudat and several others. The Karamojong culture is one of the most authentic cultures in Uganda that is still intact and uncontaminated or less infiltrated by modern era, still holds its true cultural norms and traditions untouched. The Karamojong people are mainly characterized by their pastoralist lifestyle and depend on their livestock for survival, they stay or live is small communities called manyattas which are located near the kidepo valley national park.
There is a rich historical bit about this tribe and its people that dates decades back. Despite the harsh rule of the slave traders and the colonial masters in that prevailed Uganda many years ago, the Karamojong people were the only tribe in Uganda that stayed rigid and resisted the colonial rule. Perhaps, this is the reason for the authenticity that sells the Karamojong tribe to the world. Different from other tribes in Uganda that have adopted distinctive religious doctrines, the Karamojong people are still rooted into the traditional beliefs and mainly believe in their god called- akuj. According to the Karamojong people, they believe that it is god akuj that helped them to survive the colonial rule and all the external forces for many years of existence. Find all reasons not convincing to visit Uganda? Let the Karamojong culture or general cultural tours be the reason to bring you down the pearl of Africa.
When culture is spoken and Tooro is excluded, the story is incomplete because Tooro kingdom is another interesting part of the Ugandan culture and heritage industry. This kingdom is found in the western region of Uganda in Kabarole district. Tooro is one of the five remaining traditional kingdoms in Uganda, however, the most significant in Buganda followed by Tooro kingdom. The Tooro kingdom palace if one of the significant symbols for the culture of the Batooro people and this kingdom’s palace is situated on a hill standing out over fort portal town giving that magnificent full panoramic view of the town below. Your visit to the royal palace of the Tooro kingdom will enlighten your knowledge about the Tooro kingdom and the late Libyan president, Muammar Gadhafi.
Still within the Tooro Kingdom, you can as well visit the Karambi tombs. This is burial ground for kings of Tooro kingdom and many past kings have their remains lying here. also at Karambi royal tombs, all the royal tools of Tooro kingdom such as royal regalia, the drums, spears, and other tools that were used by the first kings of Tooro kingdom are stored here and visiting here gives you chance to see them. At Karambi tombs you can visit the graves of the princes and the princesses of the kingdom. The big old mango trees bare sweet fruits that you can eat during your visit to the Karambi tombs of Tooro kingdom though you can find them when it’s a right season.
Other Cultural Tours.
Other cultural sites in Uganda are scattered all round the country like the historical sites such as Bigo Byamugyenyi of Bunyoro, the Nyero rock paintings in Kumi district- eastern Uganda. The cultural tours in Uganda cut across the lifestyles of different tribes, religions and diverge at amazing mutual aspects such as food, trade, dressing among others. You may also love to learn about the business culture of the Ugandans by visiting the Kampala city and do a city tour guided by Jewel Safaris experienced and knowledgeable guides, especially the downtown market center of Owino also known as the St. Balikudembe market. You can also enjoy the stories as told by the roadside vendors and the different hawkers in the city. Ooops! Uganda is interesting and you would love touring with us.
The cultural tours of Uganda are inspired by the diversity of the cultures in distinctive tribes of Uganda. Actually, Uganda is a good case study for understanding the diversity of culture and heritage of Africa, plus understanding the harmony of the African people, despite the shape tribal differences. You can book for your cultural tours trip in Uganda today with Jewel safaris and you can visit at any time of the year. welcome to the pearl of Africa with Jewel safaris!