Places to go for Cultural tours in Uganda : Uganda is sacred with a wide diversity in philosophy and a cultural tour visiting different local communities and cultural sites gives you and vision as you explore, encounter, and interact with the local people and entertaining in form of traditional recitals, playing melodic instruments, narrating folk tales and tasting local dishes. Most of these sites are wholly a true symbol of the past events which occurred before we came into being but with the discovery of many of the artifacts that can be studied, we can be able to know what happened in the past million years ago, the mysteries in history of mankind are drawn closer to us whenever we read about or visit these destinations, Places to go for Cultural tours in Uganda
Cultural sites in uganda
Kasubi tombs. This is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is the main burial ground for the kings of Buganda kingdom.
Kabaka’s Palace. Also referred to as the Lubiri, this is a great place to visit and learn about the history of Buganda. You can also visit Bulange, the Buganda parliament and attend some of the parliamentary sessions.
Bulemba houses. The Bakonzo are amongst the few tribes in Uganda that take their culture so personally and have a thousand rationales to preserve their cultural traditions and norms. Balemba is traditional ancient Bakonzo homes, enriched with lots of Bakonzo history that are as well the burial grounds of the Bakonzo early kings where the Bakonzo currently make pilgrims to and sacrifice offerings to the past kings and traditional gods.
Uganda Museum. The Uganda museum preserves the history and cultural heritage of the country. Displays of artifacts and tools are used for demonstration and these include, traditional music instruments, archeological remains and so many others.
Namugongo martyrs shrine. This one of the most visited religious site in Uganda and East Africa. Every 3rd June of every year, hundreds of Christian pilgrims gather to remember the death of their fellow Christians who died due to failure to give up their faith. Their death was ordered by Kabaka Mwanga ii of Buganda.
Bigo bya mugenyi located in south western Uganda. This is translated as “Fort of a stranger”. This was a former home of the Bachwezi demi-gods who left artifacts and tools such as arrows, spears, shields that are believed to be of great importance to culture. Tourists visiting have to first cleanse themselves with water before accessing the place, Places to go for Cultural tours in Uganda
Karambi tombs. Found in FortPortal town, this is where the former kings of Tooro are buried with royal princesses and princes. They are of great significance to the Tooro culture.
Igongo Culture Centre. A museum situated in Mbarara district show casing the history, culture, norms and customs of the people of south western Uganda in a typical homestead.
Karamojong cultural tour. The indigenous tribe with a unique culture can be found in North Eastern Uganda and some situated in Kidepo Valley National Park. They can be recognized by their dressing which is similar to the Masaai of Kenya and Tanzania. The semi-nomadic pastoralist group are rich in cultural heritage and a visit to their traditional homestead “The Manyattas” enlightens you on their typical way of living. Enjoy the traditional dance and some storytelling, you may also purchase their unique local crafts and jewelry.
Batwa community visit. The Batwa people can be found in Semuliki National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These are hunters and gatherers who lived the forest and known as the forest keepers. A visit to the Batwa communities gives you an opportunity to experience their way of life and how they lived all through storytelling. Other activities to take part in may include; traditional dance performance, hunting demonstration and many others.
Ndere troupe cultural center. The Ndere centre is located in Ntinda and here, traditional performances from tribes all over Uganda can be witnessed and you also enjoy local food delicacies, Places to go for Cultural tours in Uganda
Tooro palace. This is one of the places to visit while exploring the city of FortPortal in Kabarole district. Learn and discover more about the Batooro culture on your visit to the palace.
Nyero rock paintings.
These rock paintings found in the eastern part of Uganda in the district of Kumi are one of the remarkable archaeological sites that explain the transition of inhabitants of this particular place and there way of life in regard to the writings and drawings on the rocks that are still existent to-date.
Nyero Rock Paintings is made up of three rocks that have drawings on them, left behind by the early occupants of these areas. The drawings left behind are believed to portray a message that was to be passed on to whoever lived there for instance, there is a crocodile structure that to them was a greatest threat to their lives and cattle hence passed the message in drawing on their greatest enemy. Also the round sun-like painting symbolizes the sun that they worshiped as their god and so many other sketched structures like ladders. Your visit to Nyero Rock Paintings will see you connect the past, present and the future because it’s always what you learn about the past that guides or determines your next step as widely said. The site can be reached by road. Other attractions around it include exploring the culture and traditions of the Itesots that will see you dancing to the Akogo tune, Places to go for Cultural tours in Uganda
Speke Monument on the Nile River. The Speke monument is located in Jinja adjacent to the source of the Nile with beautiful scenery and views of Lake Victoria and the River Nile. On this spot John Hannington Speke stood and discovered where the Nile begins from. The area is also spectacular for nature walks and bird watching.
Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru. Located on the outskirts of Fort Portal town in Kabarole, Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is a cultural and historic site with rock formation of stalagmites and stalactites with a rich cultural history attached which form scenic caves and waterfalls.
There are many other Cultural sites in Uganda like;
Nnamasole Baagalayaze and Kanyange Tombs
Naggalabi- Buddo coronation site
so in order to site them all come have a cultural tour in the pearl of Africa and get to know much more and deeper about all the cultures in Uganda.