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The Uganda culture is made up of a various range of cultural groups. The Bantu-speaking people leading much of East, Central, and Southern Africa are also In Uganda that include the Baganda, Banyakole, Batooro, Basoga, Bakiga, Bagisu and several other tribes. More than 30 different African languages are spoken by people belonging to different cultural groups in Uganda. Most cultural encounters in Uganda will include traditional music & dance on the journey.

Kampala, Uganda’s Capital city – offers a great choice for many cultural encounters and has many places where one would get to learn Uganda’s tradition like Ndere Center, Kasubi tombs etc. The Uganda Museum in Kampala displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. It is East Africa’s oldest museum that was founded in 1908, after Governor George Wilson called for “all articles of interest” on Uganda to be procured. Also, amongst the collections in the Uganda Museum are playable musical instruments, weaponry, archaeology, hunting equipment and entomology.

One and only of the best stop-overs you will meet while on your journey through Uganda is the Equator with a number of craft shops & art galleries. Most of the tourists have found it as an awesome opportunity to get a souvenir to take back home and tell their people how they crossed the Equator in Uganda.

The Kasubi Tombs site is a burial ground for the previous four Kabaka’s of Buganda Kingdom. It’s as well recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site where thousands of people come here every year to learn more about the history of Buganda Kingdom.

Batwa People & Experiences

Enjoy cultural encounters with the local people in Bwindi forest that is; Bakiga and Batwa communities with blacksmith visits, craft shops, village walks and vibrant dances. Some of the Communities in Bwindi include; Buhoma Community, Nkuringo Cultural Centre (NCC), Nkuringo Community Conservation and Development Foundation (NCCDF). The Batwa are also found in Mgahinga National Park being hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. Guests are invited to the sacred Garama Cave, that was a refuge for the Batwa, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a moving sense of the fruitfulness of this diminishing culture.

Karamajong People

Cultural Experiences - Karamojong

In Northern Uganda, you will find the disreputable, cattle-herding Karamojong people. Cultural encounters to this region will let you realize the unique culture of this remote tribe with the Lorukul Cultural Group, located just outside Kidepo Valley National Park. Their main means of support is herding livestock, and the social and cultural importance will be explained as you walk with the guides to the traditional Karamojong manyattas (homesteads), granaries and cattle inclusions.

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