ENTANDA CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
Uganda boasts of over 650 designated cultural sites and monuments identified as significantly valuable, with 2 UNESCO world heritage sites, and 8 sites still pending for approval. One of the favorites is the Entanda Traditional Hunting and Cultural Encounters, which lies 60km to and from Kampala city Center and offers experiences that can’t be found anywhere.
From a distance, visitors on cultural Uganda safaris can hear the sounds of the African drums, which become louder as you draw nearer to Entanda village. The traditional music, with local people dancing along with it gives a very warm and exciting welcome to the visitors who come Entanda. People of Entanda offer buffets of fresh and organic fruits from their own gardens as part of the warm welcome.
Everything is delicious ranging from jackfruit, watermelon, guavas, passion fruit, paw-paw, yellow bananas and sour-sop fruits and visitors are encouraged to pack some as well.
Visitors on their safari in Uganda also enjoy the local traditional games like bow and arrow shooting competitions, shooting learn how to play the “sekitulege” a local musical instrument that is over 6 centuries old.
Visitors are also taken to the hills, wetlands, forests and homesteads, searching for animals to hunt. The local people show you on how everything is done from carrying hunting spears, machetes and horns. The local people will identify the animals found but there is no killing and this is to allow the animal populations recover after several years of hunting.
While men are out hunting, female Uganda safari visitors stay behind with local women who take them to the gardens to harvest food. They prepare the local food together with the visitors using traditional methods and cook it as they wait for the husbands to return from the field.
As food cooks on the fire, visitors are guided by the “ssenga” (auntie) to the bush to learn about marriage and home management affairs. She teaches visitors traditional ways of looking after a husband, how to use certain local herbs to treat the sick people, and how to manage a home in a typical “Kiganda” tradition. Bed matters are also thoroughly discussed here.
When the men return from hunting, tired and hungry, food is served hot and steaming and everyone sits on the floor and uses bare hands to eat. After the lunch Kojja (uncles) talk about marriage issues and bed matters with the men.
After lunch visitors can also choose to learn more about local herbs or wine processing and testing or even join the herdsmen for an afternoon grazing of animals and milking cows. If the Uganda safari visitors can form a football team, the final activity is always a foot-ball match with the local people. For fairness, ladies and gentlemen are free to team up. If the visitors win the match, they are provided with goats to roast while they party with the local community.