Friday, 9 March 2018


Best described as a medley of wonders, Queen Elizabeth National Park features as the second largest savanna grassland protected area after Murchison Falls National Park offering refuge to countless wildlife species, Lakes and Mountains. The 1978 square kilometers conservation area isn’t only famous for wildlife experiences but also for its cultural encounters that make Uganda safaris complete. Queen Elizabeth National Park features as a World bio sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site and at times it is described as the pearl of Africa. This protected area is located along the Equator, western Uganda just at the base of the mighty Rift Valley between Lake George and Lake Edward and it is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the western part. The park is popular for its four of the big five game in Africa (Lions plus the rare tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards) and many other wildlife species and over 620 distinct bird species. Besides unique wildlife experiences, Queen Elizabeth National Park also features the most thrilling cultural encounters from the adjacent communities and they are worth including in your travel plan. For cultural enthusiasts on Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, consider the following cultural communities a must to include in your travel itinerary;

Leopard village
The Leopard village is a socio-economic development project and it is run by the community with aim of boosting both cultural and wildlife conservation through ecotourism. The project is situated next to Muhokya village and it straddles within a 3 acre land at the border to the northern area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A visit to this village allows you to explore the unique traditional huts of the Banyabindi, Basongora and Bakonzo ethnic groups, be entertained by the most thrilling traditional songs and dance performances and also purchase some handicrafts that are made by adjacent local communities. For longer exploration, you will be able to interact with community members on challenges and opportunities they are encounter as one of the adjacent communities at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Besides, you will also pay a visit to local schools and discussions on traditional village life styles and solutions for human-wildlife conflict. The Leopard Village partners with the rest of the local communities in Muhokya, Kahendero and Hamukungu and the Uganda Carnivore program as well as the support of the zoos from the United States and Germany. All the fees and donations are directly transferred for community development, conservation and education programs and to the individual artists. Your visit to Leopard Village is one way that you can support conservation of the wildlife in the area and sustainable development in the local communities.

Kikorongo Women Community
Locally, the word Kikorongo denotes too much sunshine though the heat of the African plains hasn’t reduced the energy of the Kikorongo Equator cultural performers. You will enjoy the sound performances that are conducted at the lodges adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park and you will certainly be thrilled by the lifestyles of the Kikorongo, the dances, music performances, drama and fire making. You will also be amazed by the interpretations of most of the significance performances as you relax and watch the real rural life. You can visit Kikorongo’s African Art Craft Workshops to learn more on how to make baskets and bowls with natural fibers. The community members at this workshop will also demonstrate to you how to recycle magazines into colorful paper beads that can be turned into beautiful necklaces.  You can even buy some of the locally made basket, bowls and many other items.

Nyanzibiri cave community
A visit to Nyanzibiri Cave Community allows you to stretch the legs a little bit after your exciting wildlife viewing experiences and scenic walks in and around the Uganda’s paradise at this community site. There are 2 conjoined crater Lakes for you to hike around, village walks, catch the most spectacular panoramic views of the Volcanic Crater Lakes and the sounds of the crested cranes and eagles or paddle the canoe, hike to the transparent Lake, sight the 8 (eight) primates species. There are also other local tourist attractions for you to explore some of which include historic caves and cultural museum, a well preserved Bunyaruguru hut that features valued local artifacts which were previously used for daily operation. The community also operates some lodging facilities as well as a restaurant and bar.

Katwe tourism information center (KATIC)
Lake Katwe features among the rarest Lakes in Uganda and it is very salty to accommodate wildlife species but it has accommodates the Katwe villagers ever since 16th century. A visit to this Lake offers you opportunity to explore more about the salt mining process in this community as away of generating income. Along the way, you will catch a glimpse at the different bird species at bird sanctuary Lake which include the flamingos that flock into the area around October and May. You will be welcomed to traditional homestead and have cooking demonstrations for the areas’ cuisines as well as visiting the nearby schools.

Agro tour walk
You will embark on a 2 to 3 hours’ trail that starts from the rural Katara village with hike via the farms of Kicwamba escarpments in the morning or evening. You will also catch a glimpse at the birds, exotic and medicinal plants and sites of cultural significance. Experienced tour guides will take you through this exploration and you can even tryout honey harvesting in the community.

In conclusion, Queen Elizabeth National Park isn’t only for wildlife viewing but a perfect destination for you to encounter incredible African cultural experiences of lifetime.

Friday, 2 March 2018


Are you a cultural enthusiast and you are planning your next safari to Murchison Falls National Park? Are you interested in community tourism? Have you heard about Boomu Women’s Group? A trip to Murchison Falls National Park isn’t only about exploring its spectacular savanna grassland wilderness and wildlife species but the best safari destination for you to blow your mind with authentic cultural experiences of lifetime. If you are interested in experiencing a true African setting then count visiting Boomu group a must for you while you are on Uganda safari. This park is situated northwestern Uganda and covers an area of about 3893 square kilometers making it Uganda’s biggest safari destinations. The Boomu cultural experience is truly African village in Uganda that is offered by the Boomu Women’s Group around the magnificent Murchison Falls National Park and Budongo Forest Reserve just at proximity to Kichumbanyobo gate. This cultural group offers visitors on wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park a chance to explore African life. The group isn’t only for women but also includes some men that belong to this cultural group at Kigaragara village-Murchison Falls National Park and Budongo Forest Reserve.

If you are a cultural enthusiast, it is at Boomu Women’s Group that you can experience and have the feeling of African village setting. Today, the group has about 40 members. To enhance your experience more, you can even spend a night at the traditional bandas or spare a day in the village with the Boomu Women’s’ Group to help you explore the way these people are able to survive in their rural areas. Boomu Women’s Group was initiated around 1999 with the aim of minimizing the level of malnutrition and poverty, help children go to school using the incomes got by the members. Around the 90’s the subsistence farmers in villages of Kigaragara and Kihaguzi were left with something small to acquire from the group given that the land was dry and little to sell. It is from this that they initiated craft making which later improved and today, it has turned to be a tourism community project with incredible village guided visits, restaurant, gardens and traditionally set accommodation facilities. The word Boomu denotes ‘togetherness’ and once you pay a visit to this area, you certainly won’t miss to see these people work together. The group began as a women’s group and today, it comprises some men. The community offers visitors with that authentic cultural experience that comes once in a lifetime. 

Today, this cultural group is visited by most visitors from Europe and other nations who come and have a hand in traditional activities like craft making, home stays, locally prepared food, the way herbal medicine is made, cultivation as well as cultural performances especially music and dances. If you are looking for areas that still offer culturally authentic African experience then Boomu Women’s Group is the best area for you. 
The food is freshly harvested and locally prepared and you enjoy it using your hands not forks or spoons. In case you are interested in western food, you can still grab a dish as it can be prepared for you and if you are a vegetarian, no need to worry, your needs are also covered here.
The accommodation facilities are traditionally built and there are African bandas for you to spend a night with good ambiance which comes with flowers, trees, shrubs and sounds of birdlife. There is also a campfire where you can sit around with elders to listen tales as they tell them to you about African customs and history.
In conclusion, a cultural visit to Kigaragara village also famous as Boomu offers you that authentic African experience of a lifetime though the village walk via the village isn’t all that touristic. If you are planning your next safari to Murchison Falls National Park to see 4 of the big five game never miss to visit this Boomu Women’s Group to have first hand cultural experience. This area is perfect for community tourism.

Friday, 23 February 2018


Each tribal group in Uganda features a unique historical and cultural background and so are the Batooro! The Batooro people reside in the districts of Kabarole, Kasese and Kyejonjo and they belong to Toro Kingdom, led by the Babiito dynasty whose origins date 14th century. Unlike before, today the Batooro community has been invaded by most migrants from various places especially from western part of Uganda and Bakiga have kept on migrating to this area. The eastern side features mainly Banyoro while the north inhabited by the Bamba and Bakonjo, the southeast and west thrive the Banyakole and to the east are Baganda. The Batooro are Bantu speaking people and they mainly speak Rutooro.

However, like most tribal groups, different legends have different history which is a case with the Batooro too. One legend puts it that the Batooro are Toro natives and that they came from the Batembuzi and the Bagabu who are believed to have been the ancient occupants and leaders on planet. Other traditions believe that the Batooro being of the Bantu origin came from the Congo area where the other Bantu groups are believed to have also existed from.

The Batooro society was classified into the Bahuma and the Bairu. The relationship between these two was however more of a caste than class differentiation. The Bahuma were mainly pastoralists and the Bairu on other hand were farmers. Based on economic and social life, a symbolic linkage between the two existed as they transacted together and it was from this that the Bairu had access to cattle products (milk, meat, hides and others) while the Bahuma had access to beer and other agricultural products from the Bairu.

Culturally, marriage plays a great role to Batooro man as he can’t be referred as absolute person in the society not until he gets married. Previously, parents were the ones to plan for a boy’s and girl’s marriage with/without them knowing. At the time of planning, the consent of the girl had to be sought and it was the work of the middle man to do so for the boy and his work was largely noticed socially and rewarded. That person was referred as Kibonabuko. His duty was to investigate more on the girl’s behaviors, her family background and ability to perform family duties. After background check, the Kibonabuko was free to continue with his duties in ensuring that the girl is secure from her parents on the side of the boy’s family.

His work was to wake up one morning and visit the girl’s family and declare his intentions to marry their daughter. He could make the statements like ‘Sir, I came to you such that you could build a house for me. I would like you to be part of my clan; I have come to ask for a wife, the builder of the house.’ And the usual response on the girl’s side could be ‘I don’t have any child.’ The Kibonabuko could then insist that the child was available and up on being questioned about the exact the person he was interested in, he could name the girl there and the. In case the father allowed, the Kibonabuko could thankfully kneel down as way of respect and appreciation. The following step could be for the boy’s family to take beer to the girl’s parents for the bride wealth to be fixed. The bride wealth usually came in form of cows, and this was different from that of the Bahuma and the Bairu where the Bahuma range from 6 to 20 cows and the Bairu the maximum was 8 (eight) cows. The payments also included goats and hoes. The entire or part of the bride wealth when it is due could be got at the party called Okujuka. This was a significant ceremony that mainly comprised of eating, drinking and merry making. After the boy’s family would send bark cloth and some skins for the bride’s dress and the other formalities could be completed at the wedding.

The wedding day was another huge party for people to celebrate. The bride could be picked at 6:00 or 7:00pm and prior leaving, a ritual could be performed where she will sit on her parents’ laps. This was called asokubukara. After, she could be taken to the bridegroom’s home and up on arriving, she could perform a ritual of being carried on her parent’s in law laps. It was at this point that she could be sprinkled with some herbal water as way to welcome and bless her. Prior the feasting is started; the bridegroom could go to bed with the bride to perform yet another ritual called Okucwa amagita. The visitors could then offer coffee berries, smoking pipes, beer and after food. In case the girl was got when she is still a virgin during the Okucwa amagita, a gift of a cow or a goat could be sent to her mother as way of congratulating her up on raising her daughter properly. On the 3rd day, the bride’s friends and relatives could offer her gifts from home. They could come to see where she had been taken. The bride could spend some days in confinement and at the end of it all; another elaborate party could be conducted to get out the girl and introduce her to the art of cooking and house keeping. In case of divorce, bride wealth could be refunded and part of it could be kept in case she had children with the man.

A side from their family names, every Mutoro has a pet name known as Empaako and it is a must for that name to be mentioned away of greeting. And if the relatives are greeting, the younger has to sit on the lap of an elder while for the royal clans, the younger could touch the forehead and chin of an elder prior announcing their Empaako.

Economically, the Bairu largely depended on crop cultivation and the major crops grown included sorghum, bananas, sweet potatoes, peas, vegetables, millet and others. The Bahuma mainly reared cattle for milk, meat and hides. They supplemented their activities with blacksmithing where spears, axes, knives, arrowheads, hoes were made. They also had potters who produced household utensils like water, beer and sauce pots. Women had skills on weaving and produced an assortment of basketry like plat baskets, bags, harvesting baskets, winnowing trays and many other baskets for household chores. The men on other hand built houses, cleared bushes and hunted wild animals and hunting and house building activities were communally done. The Batooro constructed circular huts with grass thatched roofs.

Politically, kingship was hereditary and the king had to originate from the Babitiito dynasty the ruling clan in Bunyoro. He was helped by a hierarchy of chiefs and an army and during war times, all able bodied men had to be called to fight for the kingdom. The chiefly regalia comprised of drums, wooden spoons, chairs, crowns, beads, axes, knives and spears. Mwenge County had a school of political education when Toro belonged to Bunyoro. The son of the kings went to Mwenge to explore the art of government and special tutors were available for the king’s daughters and sons. By the time it split off from Bunyoro, Toro still kept this practice.

The Batooro also practiced exchange of blood as way to strengthen their relationship while in ceremonies known as Omukago. This comprised of coffee berries, knife, a new bark cloth, 2 branches of fig trees and grass known as ejubwa. Towards the end of the party, one person could volunteer to cut his or her skin under the navel, scoops his blood with coffee bean and offers it to his friend to eat and a friend also does the same. The 2 blood brothers had to take oath to behave as true brothers.

Based on religion, the Batooro had a concept of a supreme being Ruhanga who was believed to be the creator of all things.

In conclusion, the Batooro like any tribal group has a different and interesting cultural and traditional believes and a story that is worth exploring while you are on Uganda cultural safari. If you are planning for your next vacation to Kibale Forest National Park then never miss to include a cultural experience in Batooro community that will supplement your primate adventures at the park.

Monday, 5 February 2018


Do you want to get healed? If so, then find solutions at Nakayima tree. This magical tree is situated on Mubende hill about 3 and half hours’ drive off Kampala city centre and it is exceptionally one of the most endowed heritage sites that shouldn’t miss out in your bucket list. This mysterious tree lies on the extreme top of Mubende hill through Kampala-Fort portal route about 181 kilometers off Kampala. It is endowed with history that is worth exploring and discovering in depth while on safari in Africa. This mystical tree is believed to be an area where the gorgeous spiritual princess Nakayima who once wandered around Mubende hill disappeared and to day it is credited for its supernatural powers especially when it comes to healing, health, fertility and wealth. Nakayima tree is undeniably a haven for blessings and it is of no doubt that most people flock here mainly to seek for solutions to their problems. Its strategic location on Mubende hill rewards visitors with amazing aerial views of the town and other surrounding areas.
This tree is approximately 650 years making it one of the oldest trees and it derived its name from princess Nakayima a royal princess and spirit who wandered around the hills and after disappeared into the tree making it one of the most exceptional cultural spot for most visitors on Uganda safaris. It is famous for its African spirituality given the spiritual powers that attract most of locals and other travelers to look for solutions, blessings and many more. The tree is buttress rooted that is nearly a cave with 18 openings and most people refer them rooms where locals and other people who come to seek help do sit. Believers sit on mats or alternatively on grass and are permitted to smoke pipes openly as they pray to the gods.
This magical tree straddles within the once most powerful Chwezi empire at the exact spot where King Ndahura passed out his traditional rituals. This spectacular tree specie stands at the heart of the smallest trees with roots stretching for many feet above the ground. It is believed that this tree doesn’t shed its leaves whether it is a dry season or wet season. It is also believed that it has water sipping out of its stem and this water is believed that it treats some diseases. As you climb the hill, nearly all the plants which thrive with Nakayima tree are medicinal. The tree consists of 18 compartments and prayers are conducted in the grass carpeted compartments. Out of the 18 rooms that are found within this tree, 4 of them are Ndahura the most popular king of the Chwezi Empire; others are for Nalongo jajja Mukasa, 2 for Jajja Musoke and Kilunda.

To many historians, this ancient tree is best described as the witch tree. In one of the buttress openings you will find a care taker with the Bigali and a basket waiting for offertory to Nakayima. Once you put your offertory, an elderly woman or rather a care taker will say a prayer for the person who has given his or her offertory. The hidden secret behind this magical tree is that it was here that Jajja Nakayima stayed and her grave also lies near the same place and all the current generations are said to be his children and grand children. They come to the tree to seek for what they need though she doesn’t give the medicine.

In conclusion, Nakayima tree is such a magical tree species that you shouldn’t miss to visit while on cultural safari in Uganda. It attracts many people of different classes (politicians, business class as well as ordinary people) who come to look for solutions to their problems given the powerful spiritual healing and blessings that this tree offers to the people. Pay a visit to this tree and you won’t walk back the same person!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Are you planning for a Kampala city tour in Uganda and you do not know which places to visit? Have you ever heard about the Kabaka’s Lake? Did you know that the Kabaka’s Lake is the largest Lake in Uganda and the longest man made Lake in Africa? Featuring as one of the longest Lakes in Africa, the Kabaka’s Lake is situated in Ndeeba, Rubaga Division Kampala city center. It is just a few minute’s drive from Bulange and nearly five kilometers from the city center. It covers an area of two square kilometers and around 200 feet deep. The Kabaka’s Lake isn’t only an incredible water body but also cultural Lake. It is used for ritual performances and for coronation day.
It was built by the 52 Buganda clans from 1885 to 1888 at the time of King Mwanga the second. His plan was mainly to build a channel wide enough for him to navigate by boat across to Lake Victoria for swimming and fishing and staying at another palace he had constructed at Mulungu Hill around Lake Victoria. The Lake’s channel was also intended to serve as an escape waterway in the course of armed conflict with the British. Its constructed was urgent and it ended on second August 1888 prior reaching Munyonyo given the religious conflict that took place in the Kingdom at that time. This was one of the most incredible achievements that King Mwanga had at a time and its left a legacy despite the negative side of his history.

Unlike other Lakes, the Kabaka’s Lake features no river tributary and it is visited not only for relaxation and chilling but also for birding as it refuges more than 200 distinct bird species. There are amazing restaurant and conference services around Pope Paul Memorial Community Center which is located along Nabunya road in Ndeeba about 200 meters from the Lake. For visitor stay over, the nearby accommodation facilities include Emin Pasha Hotel, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Grand Imperial Hotel, Hotel Ruch, Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel and many more.  Depending on your budget, you have many options to choose the best accommodation for your stay over after or before you embark on Kampala city tour to the Kabaka's Lake.

In conclusion, if you are interested in city tours in Kampala, the Kabaka’s Lake should be a must to include in your bucket list. Besides, catching a glimpse at its stunning sceneries, you will also have a chance to explore more about the King Mwanga. This Lake marks one of the greatest achievements for King Mwanga.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Uganda is remarkably described as a melting pot of cultures. It comes with diversity of tribes that make up about 56 in total and 9 indigenous communities that are widely spread throughout the country. Each tribe or community in Uganda offers distinct cultural and traditional practices that are worth exploring while on cultural safari in Africa. With this diversity, Uganda’s cultural safaris stretch beyond traditional dances and music performances to different marriage customs. Each tribal group in Uganda comes with different marriage customs and they are distinctively rare. The different types of marriages that are recognized in Uganda include the customary marriage which is conducted based on the rites of an African community and one of the parties to the marriage must be a member of that community; the Muslim marriages-these are done based on the rites and observances of the muslem faith, between persons professing the muslem religion; church marriage which is mainly licensed place of worship and it is based on the rites of marriages observed by a specific religious denomination; Hindu marriage is conducted between the Hindus while the civil marriage is done in the offices of the registrars of marriages.

In Ankole
Traditionally, in Ankole community the usual pattern depends on both the parents of the boy and the girl to plan the marriage, at times with no knowledge of the girls concerned. This was usually done by the boy’s parents and up on payment of bride prize, the plans would be made to pick the bride. A girl is not allowed to get married when her elder sisters have not yet married. In case the marriage offer is effected this is usually regarded like the girl’s parents were manipulating things like a give away ceremony or rather conceal and send the elder sister. If the bridegroom gets to know about it, traditionally he was never allowed to raise questions but rather proceed and effect payment of the bride wealth and then proceed to marry the young sister in case he is able. It was however, the father’s responsibility to effect all the payment of bride prize and also meet other charges of planning the son’s marriage. In the course of wedding ceremony, the girl would be accompanied by others including the aunties. To other traditions, the husband would first try out the aunt of the girl to be married prior having it with the daughter. Others put it that the aunt was meant to affirm the potential of the bridegroom by simply watching or listening to the sexual intercourse between the bridegroom and her niece. The aunties were responsible for offering advice on how the girl was to start her home given that Ankole girls were meant to be virgins till they get married off. Note that some of these traditions false and never in practice.

In Acholi
There is no bargaining in Acholi. Parents select spouses for their children unlike today where children can stand and choose their own spouses. The boy plus his uncle and few men from his family will visit the girl’s home where the groom remains silent and his uncles will be bargaining. Once the cost is met a date is set when the boy will effect payment. In the ancient days, it involved paying cows, goats and gomesi for mother, aunt and a suit, a stool and walking stick for the father. Other things include some amount of money but currently most of them carry salt, sugar, soap, cooking oil and paraffin. The more educated the girl the higher the cost and on the set date, the bride wealth is taken to the girl’s place.

The Bagwere
A mugwere boy first identifies his bride and introduction is done before parents. Gifts will be offered and these are called Okutona. The boy then takes the girl’s parents to his parents to share on the price and this involves feasting and the actual giving of the bride wealth won’t be done. The wealth is taken later on and this means more feasting. The boy’s mother will be escorted by others to pick the girl from her home. At this point the couple still only consummates the marriage after ceremony where the couple will have a bath under the tree with herb laced water.

In Buganda
Traditionally, Buganda traditional marriage ceremony is basically an affair. After the boy has got a muganda girl, he writes a letter to the elders in the family. In case he is given a go a head, the introduction ceremony ‘kwanjula’ would follow. While at the kwanjula, 3 pots of beer would be carried along. Other items include a basket of meat, chicken for brother in law, gomesi, chicken and many more.

Once the father realizes that his son his son is interested in specific girl, he takes a calf or a goat to the girl’s place. The amount is largely dependent on the level of the girl’s education. There are other gifts that are carried along.

These mainly need goats. The girl informs her mother on her husband to be, who then will tell her husband about the issue. The boy’s father plus one or two other friends will then pay a visit to the girl’s home for formal introduction which is traditionally termed as Erisunga. Usually the Bakonzo want goats depending on how many they will tell you, hoe and two suits for parents, sugar, paraffin and many others.

Mufumbira girl
The Bafumbira are a bit unique in that once the boy gets a girl, he informs his parents and later they pay a visit to her parent’s family with ‘muramba’ local brew. They sing as they go to get the girl.

Marriage amongst the Bakiga comes with weeping. It all starts at puberty when boys and girls are to be prepared for marriage. The Bakiga have a belief that people shouldn’t stay long without being married but also they shouldn’t be married off at younger age. Once the boy gets a girl of his interest the process locally known as Okuriima starts. The process entirely involves spying on the girl and her family background. Once the girl agrees the boy’s takes a step to marry, pay the agreed bride wealth and this include the cows or goats. The next ceremony will be organized when the girl will be given to the boy officially. This involves a girl fighting and weeping not to be taken by the boy. And when she is defeated her head will be shaved and she will be carried to her husband’s place by the brother while weeping and the boy’s family members will be jubilating. The groom then taps her on the head with a twig implying he is her new master.

For the Langi, when the girl and boy agree to get married, the girl goes with the boy to their home. She will be given an envelope with money for the mother and in case she takes it that will mean she approved her choice and marriage negotiation will follow. This is simply the role of the mother and she is not supposed to be told what the wealth to be paid. Food is served in case the two parties accept but of course there will be no food in case the negotiations do not meet. The other gifts include the goats, saucepans, spear and cows for the mother. The saucepan is mainly for preparing food for the son in law whenever he pays a visit to the girl’s home. Upon finishing the receiving and offering part of the bride price, the couple will exchange copper or ivory bangles that will act like rings implying that they are now married.

The Nubians
The Nubians who lived in Uganda during colonial times originally stayed in Sudan in the Nubba Mountains. Many of these are the Muslims and their traditions are linked with Islamic teachings. The boy and his family pay a visit to girl’s home mainly to share the policies of the marriage and bride price. The key items include money, clothes, cooking oil, cigarettes, sugar and many more.

In conclusion, different tribes in Uganda have their own distinct traditional and cultural marriage practices that are worth exploring in depth while on cultural safari. For visitors who are interested in wildlife safaris, you can also incorporate cultural experiences with any kind of adventure or wildlife tour in Uganda.

Thursday, 21 December 2017


Is Queen Elizabeth National Park your dream safari destination in Uganda? Do you love community adventures while on African safari? Well, Kasoga Community Experience is one way for you to get in touch with the locals while on wildlife safaris in Uganda’s second largest protected area. Kasoga Community Experience is a community initiative on Lake George Ramsar site in Hamukungu Fishing village, southwest of Kasenyi on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visiting Kasoga community gives you a chance to explore the way the community lives and works and at the end of day, rewards with ultimate cultural experiences. This remarkable development is mainly intended to boost visitor knowledge and experiences and also help visitors extend their stays in the destination. Lots of cultural and marine practices are offered around this community and visitors are rewarded with remarkable experiences while interacting with the local residents.

Below are some of thrilling activities that you should engage in Kasoga Community Experience;

This is one of the remarkable water sport activities that reward visitors on Kasoga community experience with life changing adventures that they deserve in life. It takes you through the history of Irangara and Rubona islands, while also catching a glimpse of several hippos as well as the best breeding zones of fish which are near the community. Canoe experience in this area takes you through Irangara Island on the Northern bank from the landing site on the southern bank. While on canoe experience, you will have a chance to view the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. Usually, we capitalize on the park entrance fees paid for game viewing to reach to Irangara Island for a walk, to see fishermen who are camping on a bad catch day doing outdoor cooking. Towards the landing site, visitors get opportunity to peddle towards the landing site prior landing. You will also catch a glimpse of distinct birds at the edge of the Lake, fishermen capturing their baits.

 Community walk
The walk involves visiting the landing site and you will be in position to get information inline with marine practices while on community walk, fish preservation stoves, traditional canoe making demonstrations, net sawing, see women making craft as well as opportunity to see hippos as you also catch a glimpse of the spectacular views of the stunning community or walk via the historical swamps in the community and the vacation palace of the previous King of Tooro. There are some birdlife to sight that make up the 26 distinct species of birds.

Bush camping
Interacting with wildlife while in the wilderness is incredibly the most thrilling adventure anyone on safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park shouldn’t miss in life. Imagine yourself being in the wilderness while exploring its surround areas and attractions!

Community bird watching
Queen Elizabeth National Park offers refuge to about 620 different bird species most of which can be sighted around Irangara Island on canoe and community. The notable birds to sight around this area include hammerkop, pied kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, olive bellied sun bird, plovers, whale head and many more.

In conclusion, Kasoga Community Experience offers the best cultural and community interaction between visitors and local residents. Besides the above activities, you can engage in Canoe sinking, fishing tours and many more. If you are planning to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives or boat cruise, make sure that you include Kasoga community experience and you will be thrilled with lifetime experience. Your visit to this community is of great importance as it is one way of giving back to the local residents!