Cultural Tours

Uganda is not only rich in nature and wildlife, but also has an undiscovered, fascinating cultural heritage. Four major kingdoms and well-established chiefdoms are found in Uganda, all with their own different habits and lifestyles.

Cultural tours give you the chance to explore the real Africa and learn about the wide, interesting culture of the tribes in Uganda. Visit Kampala for an introduction with some interesting, historical sites. Be in awe at the Source of the Nile where Speke discovered the true origin of the river Nile. Follow the green trail to life in the Rwenzori Mountains and explore the culture from the different tribes. Or visit Nshenyi Village for a true cultural immersion…!

The distinction between the various peoples of Uganda reflects the variety of surroundings and is demonstrated in the multiplicity of cultures, traditions and norms. Uganda has various cultural institutions e.g Buganda with the Kabaka as the cultural head, Bunyoro(Omukama), Ankole(Omugabe), Bukonjo(Omumbere), Iteso( Emoromor), Busoga( Kyabazinga) etc. Also cultural sites are important to certain group’s e.g. Kasubi Tombs (burial grounds for Kabakas) and Naggalabi (where the Kingdom started) are particularly important to the Baganda. These varying cultures are kept alive by many colorful ceremonies marking particular historical events celebrating the seasons of the year, child births and the deaths of very old people. Spontaneous dancing and music are typical occurrences during such celebrations and also the way of life in Uganda. Visitors are often welcome to watch these ceremonies – although as a courtesy tourists should always ask consent before taking photographs.

Visitors can remind themselves of Uganda's rich cultural heritage by taking home a souvenir. In every village the people are skilled in creating colorful arts and crafts, both traditional and modern. Items include colorful mats in traditional patterns and drums from Buganda; baskets and ware from Toro; clay pots made near Entebbe (Kajjansi); mats and cushions made from bark cloth of omutuba tree; musical instruments from Teso; and wooden carving from Mbarara and Karamoja.

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