• Uganda Cultural Tour (3Days)

    culture Uganda’s cultural history has made it one of the most visited by tourists. Culture here is rich and dynamic dating from 14th century when the inter-lucustrine kingdoms were formed. People here are very hospitable and receptive to foreigners. Cultural sites such as Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum and Namugongo martyrs’ shrines have attracted both local and international tourists.

    Uganda Cultural Tourism:

    • Art & Crafts
    • Music & Dance
    • Kingdoms & Cultural Sites

    Kingdoms & Cultural Sites
    Uganda originally had five monarchies; Buganda, Bunyoro, Busoga, Tooro and Ankole, some of whose origin is not known because their early history was not written down. According to these kingdoms human history begins with a first family whose head was Kintu, but whose origin is mythical and not clear. The problems of kingdoms in Uganda started in the early 1960s. At the pre-independence negotiations in London the Buganda kingdom, the biggest and most assertive tribe in Uganda was offered the best deal. They were allowed to have an independent kingdom government and to handle their own financial resources.
    The privileges were that the Kabaka was above the president of Uganda too. The rest of the kingdoms and other tribes did not take it well. In 1966 the then prime Minister Dr. Milton Obote, ordered his troops to invade the Kabaka in his palace, who fled into exile in the U.K. Obote then declared himself executive president of Uganda and abrogated the five kingdoms and reduced them to a simple administrative districts. Every regime ignored reviving the kingdoms until the N.R.M liberators took power led by Mr. Museveni in 1986 that there was great hope for kingdoms. Buganda kingdom, being well organized was the first to have their coronation ceremony with the 36th king to be crowned in 1993.Toro, Busoga and Bunyoro later followed, while Ankole kingdom is still in dispute.
    Music & Dance
    Dance and drama is one aspect that has been crucial in the lifestyles of all tribes in Uganda. There was music for every social function and aspect of life and generations; for example music for birth of a child, naming a child, for twins, marriage and death. In the past, drums were sounded to communicate to everybody in that neighborhood. The style of drumming, number of beats and sound (big or thin) would have a different/special meaning from other sounds.
    For instance, hunters’ drums and trumpet calls, naturally lives today in many rural parts of the country. The hamites (cattle keepers) developed epic poetry (ebyevugo) which is linked to be modern rap, today. These people have music for grazing the cows, driving them to the well for water and when milking. In Buganda, drums have to be sounded every morning to indicate that the King is well.
    Food & Tastes
    Uganda boasts of a variety of food types due to the diverse climate it is endowed with. The tropical rainfalls help to flourish the fruit and vegetable diversity, while the sunshine is necessary for good harvests and growth of those crops that need little rain. From Africa’s largest fresh Water Lake Victoria comes many Uganda’s diet; the Nile Perch and Tilapia. This fish is served either fresh or smoked and is a delicacy for seafood lovers. The Country being endowed with tropical climate grows a variety of fruits and vegetables. These include oranges, mangoes, onions, passion fruits, pineapples, avocados, pawpaws; etc.
    Matooke, which was formally the staple food in central and western Uganda, has become the national dish. It is peeled, wrapped and steamed in banana leaves and is normally served with beef stew or ground nuts or boiled beans. While the northern and eastern parts of the country grow and depended on millet, cassava and sorghum. Different tribes offer different delicacies i.e. the Bagisu relish soup from young bamboo shoots, the Baganda crave for green grasshoppers and white Ants while the Bahima enjoy the gee made sauce called eshabwe.
    Art & Craft
    Uganda tribes offer a variety of art and crafts to reflect their traditions and history. For-instance, Nyero rock paintings in Kumi have a lot to display regards the people who occupied that area, hundreds of years ago. They also offer a number of items like food utensils, stools, drums, drinking vessels and music instruments. These are made from tropical trees, soil and clay, and gourds/calabashes, which are harvested from a wild plant. Many tribes of Uganda originally are known for great earthen works, which helped in civilization of the local institution through modifying household equipment.

  • Central to Eastern Outline

    • Day 1 – Buganda Cultural Tour
    • Day 2 – Kampala City Tour
    • Day 3 – Jinja & Busoga Tour

    Western Uganda Outline

    • Day 1 – Bunyoro Royal Tour
    • Day 2 – Toro Kingdom Tour
    • Day 3 – Ankole Cultural Tour

    DAY 1: Buganda Cultural Tour
    After breakfast, you will go to Kasubi Tombs where Buganda kings and royals are buried. You will also visit the Kabaka’s Lake, Kabaka’s Palace and Nagalabi Coronation Site. This day will provide you with information on the real history of what happened in Buganda, the transformations the people have gone through and how different cultures interact. Relax after lunch you go to Ndere Centre for entertainment with different traditional dances from various cultures of Uganda. You too might be required to participate in the traditional dances while dressed traditionally. It is a very exciting moment and return to your host family/hostel.

    DAY 2: Kampala City Tour

    After breakfast, you will visit places like the Uganda Museum, Bahai Temple- this is the only temple in Africa of the Bahai faith, proceed to Owino the biggest market for second items and Nakasero Market with a variety of fresh food, Kibuli and Gadafi National Mosque, Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedral,one of the biggest Christian churches in Africa. Both churches offer a magnificent view of Kampala City. From there you will proceed to Makerere University to have a look at the oldest education tower in East Africa.After lunch you will then visit the Uganda Marty’s shrine in Namugongo the where most of the Uganda Matyrs were burnt and buried. Spend the evening at Garden City for some leisure and shopping, and return to your host family/hostel.
    DAY 3: Jinja & Busoga Tour
    After breakfast, you will head to eastern Uganda and visit Ssezibwa Falls– Uganda’s human borne river, proceed to the source of the River Nile and participate in boat riding and sport fishing. You will have a hearty buffet lunch in Jinja Town, then drive to the spectacular Bujagali Falls where you will get a chance to see the real sparkling white water of the Nile as it forces its way through the stones. Later you will visit the Kyabazinga’s palace of Busoga Kingdom and the old colonial buildings. Then transfer back to Kampala and arriving late in the evening to your host family/hostel.

    Important Note: This is a sample itinerary and may be altered to accommodate changes in field conditions.
    DAY 1: Bunyoro Royal Tours

    DAY 2: Toro Kingdom Tour

    After breakfast, you drive off from Hoima Town to Fort Portal. On the way, you will have splendorous sceneries. A visit to Nyakasura will further expose you to the history of the natives. You will visit the Toro Kingdom Palace and get exposed to the historical heritages of the Kingdom; with further exposure you will visit Karambi Tombs, the royal burial grounds for the Kings. You will have lunch in Kasese Town; then embark on a superlative adventure of the magnificent crater lakes in the region, and more rewarding sightings.Transfer for dinner and overnight at Mountains of the Moon Hotel/Ataco Country Resort.
    DAY 3: Ankole Cultural Tour
    After a yummy breakfast, expect to explore the culture in Mbarara. You will visit the Palace of Ankole Kingdom that will expose you to the historical cultural ornaments and reward you with an insight in to the Ankole culture. You will visit the Ankole ranches and have a chance to see the long horned cows that are dominants in the region and you may get a chance of digging in to the Bahima culture who are renowned cattle keepers. Later travel back to Kampala, have a stopover at Mpambire Royal Drum Marker, buy yourself souvenirs or local drums and take photographs, arrive in Kampala late in the evening and return to your family host/hostel.

  • Cost: Please Contact Us for information about safari costs.

    Date: To be determined by ASTCF coordinator (most likely at the end or middle of participant’s respective volunteer program).

    What’s Included?

    • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
    • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
    • Park entrance fees.
    • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
    • All government taxes/levies.

    What’s Not Included?

    • Chimpanzee permit per person
    • Personal expenses on food/drinks
    • Tips