Uganda is very diverse in culture, with approximately 56 tribes and about nine (9) Indigenous communities that are formally recognised by the government authorities. With the said tribes comes a multiplicity of ethnicities, languages, beliefs, foods and many other traditional norms that make up the Ugandan culture.
Tourism in Uganda has of late evolved to incorporate cultural safaris in most itineraries depending on the needs of the tourists. Cultural tourism has particularly been favoured by the abundance of cultural norms and practices as well as the profound hospitality and welcoming nature of Ugandans which has always eased interaction with the locals.
Cultural safaris are a means of promoting sustainable tourism development whereby tourists are offered the opportunity to interact with local communities which creates opportunities for helping the poor and needy local people thereby encouraging them to co-exist with other tourist attractions like wildlife.
Uganda’s cultural tours allow tourists to experience Uganda’s rich history in form of ancient shrines, kingdoms, and palaces as well as local cuisine and traditional performances. The following are some of the major attractions that comprise Uganda’s cultural safaris.
KAMPALA CULTURAL TOURS
Uganda’s capital city, Kampala has a variety of historical monuments and statues that are worth viewing, including the Independence Monument, Sir Apollo Kaggwa Monument, the Liberation Statue and Muteesa I statue among others. Tourists can also visit the National Museum to check out the historical tools and artifacts that were used in the past.
Kampala is also home to the National Theatre and the Ndere Cultural Centre which are some of the major destinations where tourists can enjoy the county’s melodramatic traditional performances with local musical instruments.
While on a Kampala cultural tour, one can visit the largest surviving kingdom of Buganda at it’s Lubiri Palace and it’s man-made Kabaka’s lake and the Kasubi tombs, the official burial ground for the Kingdom’s royalty.
Nshenyi village, located in Mbarara District, in the South Western part of the country, is a perfect blend of scenic beauty and culture. At this village, tourists get a chance to mingle with the locals, get hands on experience in the locals’ daily chores like milking cows and taking part in traditional dances and listening to the locals sing. This tour can be finalised with a tour of the Kagera trail, a natural water border with Tanzania.
There are many other major cultural attractions including the Royal Palace of Tooro Kingdom and the attendant Karambi tombs, the Nakayima heritage tree in Mubende, the Amabere g’Nnyinamwiru caves which are breast-like features in Fort Portal District and the Batwa heritage trail in Mgahinga National Park. Tourists can also visit the upcountry regional museums like the Igongo Cultural Centre in South Western Uganda. With the many tribes scattered throughout the country, tourists should expect to have a wholesome cultural experience anywhere they chose to visit.