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Mbarara - The land of milk and honey Mbarara - the land of milk and honey

Been to western and south western Uganda to the districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Sheema and several others. Mbarara being the center of operations and gateway to western Uganda? Did you know that all this place is generally referred to many as the land of milk and honey? No! I’m sure you also want to know why it is called so? The people here are called the banyankole, speak Runyankole, and are subdivided into two ethnic groups that is the Bahima and the Bairu. The bahima are well known for cattle keeping and the other as the farmers though they also rear sheep and goats. The strategic location of Mbarara town has made stop over town for people going to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Queen Elizabeth National Park and other parts of deeper western and southwestern Uganda as well as crossing over to Rwanda.

Attractions

Lake Mburo National Park

 

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Its biggest nearest town is Mbarara town. Formerly located in Mbarara town but with the emergence of new districts, and apparently the park is mostly in Kiruhura district. While at this park, one can enjoy activities like game drives and expect to view animals like buffaloes, Zebras, leopards, impalas, hippos among others, bird watching including a shoebill stock, game hunting, sport fishing, boat launch among others

Igongo Cultural Centre

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Located along the Kampala– Mbarara highway is a dominant well know regional museum that connects the future to the past about the people of south western and western Uganda, this culturally enriched site or museum is found at the outskirts of Mbarara town filled with the rich history about the western culture, about the queen, about the wild animals found in this area like the impalas, Uganda kob and so on. This place also offers the best delicious dishes, accommodation facilities and so many other activities.

Cultural Sites

Just like any other kingdom, the Ankole was also led by the Omugabe however Ankole kingdom was not restored when kingdoms restoration was carried out. Some of the cultural sites which include the burial place of the abagabe at Nkokonjeru,

Nkokonjeru tombs

Found in Kakiika in Mbarara district are tombs where the former two Omugabes of Ankole kingdom were buried and outside these tombs are several graves of Ankoles prominent personalities. However, the inhabitants or the current chiefs are not giving it any significance though it’s among the best venues to get the detailed information about the Ankole or Banyankole people in particular. Other culture sites include; the administration block at Kamukuzi among others.

Ankole Long Horned Cattle

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These cattle are only found in this region though some regions too have, but it’s rare to see easily. The value attached to these cattle is so dignified because someone’s wealth was measured on the heads of cattle he owned. With several farms along Kampala Mbarara road where one can spot the long-horned cattle. Although these cows are now threatened due to cross bleeding, one can spot herds grazed by the Hima pastoral groups. There are no doubts what so ever that Mbarara district is the leading milk producer in Uganda

Kinyankole Culture

The Banyankole people are so immensely known for their culture. The Bahima are cattle keepers while the Bairu are cultivators/farmers. The Banyankole exhibit their culture in all areas like; cattle keeping, marriage, dress code among others.

Dressing (clothing) for the Nkore

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The women put on lesu or Nshanana while men go for the kanzus and suits for the official cultural events. Looking stunningly smart, there are various other dressing codes for the Nkore people and to explore them, Book a trip www.jewelsafaris.com and explore the Nkore region in full depth.

Traditional music, dance and Instruments

When it comes to the Nkore dances, music and instruments, no words can put a thrill in them. It is a combination of unending memories. That’s why no details about them can’t not be labeled here but see the photos attached.

Food

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Being a home of milk and honey as referred by many, when you reach to Nkore land, expect to find the milk in all formats like Bongo, local yogurt and many others, ghee, butter and others. Other foods include matooke.

Activities

  • Milking cattle.
  • Herding cattle,
  • Game drives
  • Visit to cultural tombs
  • Mbarara town tour
  • Bird watching
  • Boat launch and many others.

 

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