The Potential of Boomu Women’s Group in Promoting Uganda’s Cultural Tourism
At close to 200m from the southern entrance gate to the Uganda Safari destination of Murchison Falls National Park of Kichumbayobo, there lies a group of traditional Banda units spread in a lush green landscape that have always pulled the attention of the travelers on safaris in Uganda including those from popular travel regions of North America and Europe.
The Boomu is a group of local women who have acknowledged that even though the grass thatched and mud smeared huts seem to be a no go for local Ugandans, the foreigners find them authentic and thrilling to spend a night in while on the African soil.
The proprietors acknowledge that the center receives world travelers regardless of the season while on their safari in Uganda. The visitors are always amused by the village walks, the tasty local food and its preparation not forgetting the Bandas themselves.
Positioned in the village of Kigaragara, the Boomu community is 35 minutes drive from the nearby town of Masindi and a simple walk to Murchison and Kaniyo Pabidi the havens for game viewing and Chimpanzee trekking respectively. The Center is a typical demonstration of many other similar centers that have got the potential to up lift cultural tourism in Uganda.
The Boomu Bandas feature the capacity to host a count of up to 30 people that can be accommodated in huts arranged with double and single beds. The center features four (4) open air showers. The Center has the capacity to prepare tasty meals that are a blend of modernity and traditionalism so as to cater for all the dietary requirements. The modern food items like brown rice and eggplant stew along with traditional dishes like sweet potatoes and matooke combine to make the guests’ stay on Uganda tour memorable.
The travelers if interested can participate in the traditional food preparation process which they can then add on the village walk that allows them to interact with the community promoting a detailed cross cultural interaction completing one of the great expectations of the enthusiastic cultural tourists.
Like the aspiration of any other community tourism initiative, the Boomu Center has generated considerable benefits to the community including the market for their craft and art, the food stuff, employment opportunities and the cross cultural interaction itself. The proceeds collected have facilitated the construction of a nursery and a primary school.