Culture and Heritage
The cultural sites are some of the few tourist attraction sites that have seen quite a large number of people coming into these countries just to get a glimpse of the wonderful history that was made in the different countries.
Visitors to a particular area or home have an opportunity to be part of the music, dance, drama and folktales. They learn about the values of the people and participate in cooking of traditional food and thereafter eating fresh organic meals. You can request different elements of the cultural experiences to be added on your otherwise wildlife tour or gorilla safari tours.
The nomadic pastoralists grazed their cattle moving locations depending on availability of water and pasture for their animals. Due to a population explosion they have had to settle on farmlands and significantly reduce on the number of cattle they own. However apart from the movements they did in the past, their culture is still centred on cattle and milk products. You will have an amazing time learning about their unique lifestyle.
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Uganda is generally a very safe destination today, Kampala is known as one of the safest capital cities in Africa. However, as a traveler always be careful to your belongings.
The cultivators on the other hand derived livelihood from working the land and hunting. The daily chores of these people are currently centred on gardening as there is very minimal hunting due to population increase hence limited land with forests and game reserves. In the recent past both the cattle keepers and agriculturalist are engaged in cattle rearing and cultivation of the land. Visiting the home of a cultivator will give you opportunities to learn about the different foods grown.
The Batwa People
The Batwa people inhabited the dense forests at the foot of the Virunga’s for Centuries – long before the agriculturalist, herders and establishment of national parks. They were a hunter-gatherer’s tribe that lived in the forest and depended on it for food and medicinal purposes. Batwa people had a vast knowledge of forest plants, a whole range of techniques for hunting and gathering. It was customary for this knowledge to be passed on orally through dancing, song, and storytelling. Request the Batwa experience to be added on your visit to Uganda and Rwanda and learn more about the life of these amazing group.
The Maasai community is well known both locally and by tourists as a community that embraces culture to the latter. A community that has not departed from the teachings of their fore fathers. Let us learn more about them.
The warrior is of great importance as a source of pride in the Maasai culture. To be a Maasai is to be born into one of the world’s last great warrior cultures. From boyhood to adulthood, young Maasai boys begin to learn the responsibilities of being a man (helder) and a warrior.
The role of a warrior is to protect their animals from human and animal predators, to build kraals (Maasai homes) and to provide security to their families.
By’iwacu Cultural Village
The customary Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village experience usually happens after the exciting encounter with the endangered species of Mountain Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park.
During the whole experience you will be welcomed with dances and presentations from the local people and you will learn a lot of activities like drumming, shooting a bow, collecting local medicine from the forest, cooking, gathering and hunting techniques that were used to catch wildlife. You will have an exceptional experience since you will learn a lot from people around this place for these were poachers before.
Umuganda means getting together to gain a common purpose and according to Rwanda, people from different communities would call upon their friends, neighbours and family together to help them accomplish a challenging task. In Rwanda today, this happens every fourth Saturday in the month and when this day comes, everyone from any part of the country finishes whatever they are doing, close businesses and get together to involve in cleaning their neighbourhoods, buildings, towns/cities, villages etc. This is compulsory to every citizen of the beautiful country of Rwanda and mandatory for all to participate.
Activities on Cultural Tours
Housing & Shelters
Cultural and historical sites
Guided walks the villages
Farm work, trekking
Shopping in the markets
Interactive handicraft workshops