The country once described by Winston Churchill as the “Pearl of Africa” has got real cultural encounters that are very inspiring and memorable to the visitors taking their safaris to Uganda. Culture in Uganda is very endowed and dynamic right from the early 14th century when the interlucustrine kingdoms were founded. In terms of people the country is gifted with very hospitable citizens who even welcome strangers like their beloved relatives.
For any visitor planning safari to Uganda must pay visit to the country’s interesting cultural sites such as the Uganda Museums, Kasubi tombs, and Namugongo martyrs shrines among others. The country is mainly made out of four ethnic groups and these have rich and diverse heritage history which rotates within the Foot and tastes, Art and Crafts, Music and Dance and cultural sites all expressed by each ethnic group in a unique way which no visitor should miss when he or she steps the pearl of Africa.
Formally Uganda had five monarchies; Bunyoro, Buganda, Ankole, Busoga and Tooro and therefore you undertake a safari in Uganda, you will have an encounter with the true story about the five kingdoms who believed that human history started with the one family whose head was Kintu but whose routes cannot be well explained due to the fact that their first history was not documented. Booking a safari tour to Uganda offers visitor’s maximum opportunities to explore the Five kingdoms burial sites for instance touring the Buganda kings burial sites currently known as Kasubi Tombs and Wamala, Tooro King’s burial sites in Karugutu located in Uganda’s tourism town Fort-portal, Ankole king’s burial site in Nkokomjeru in Mbarara district and visit to the Buganda coronation grounds located in place called Nagalabi makes your cultural encounter more impressing.
Traditional performances expressed in Dance and drama is one aspect that is common in almost all the lifestyles of all tribes in Uganda. There are cultural music events organized in each and every part of the country. For instance music celebrations when a child is born, naming a child, for twins, marriage and death. In the past, drums were as the main means of communication and always sounded to alert every member of the community of the upcoming event or meeting. For the case of the present situation, drums are still used especially in churches, to inform people that the service is about to start. Tour to the country’s national threatre, Ndere troupe village, Bagalayaze Namansole, and Aragon local band can provide the best drama and dance performances presented in the local traditional way offering a thrilling encounter while on yopur Uganda safari tour.
Due to diverse climate and fertile agricultural soils in almost each and every part of the country, Uganda boasts of a variety of food. The favorable tropical climates have encouraged the growth of various vegetables and fruits, whereas the sunshine enables the growth and harvest of the crops. Therefore you visit to Uganda provides an opportunity to enjoy and test all the food types ranging from Matooke eaten in central Uganda to cassava, millet, sorghum in north and Eastern Uganda, fruits range from mangoes, oranges, fruit, pineapples, pawpaw’s, among others. In Uganda each and every tribe has its own delicious meals and the local brew made from bananas, cassava, millet, brown sugar.
All tribes provide a diverse art and crafts to show case of their norms, believes, customs, design, and history. For example the , Nyero rock paintings in eastern part of Uganda in the district of Kumi which are always encountered on Uganda safaris and tours have a lot to display in regards to the people who were the first habitants of the area some hundred years ago. They also provide a number of items locally made from local materials like stools, food utensils, traditional music instruments, drums, traditional vessels used by drinking local brews, water. The various materials used to make these items are banana leaves, papyrus, trees, clay and gourds calabashes and these are sourced from forests, swamps, wild animals. Most of the country’s tribes are well known for earthen work, which helped in civilization of the local institution through modifying household equipment.
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