With more than 55 different tribes each with a unique culture, heritage, arts and crafts, Uganda is one of the ethnically diverse African nations and tourists on a safari have a lot to explore. Uganda’s craftsmanship takes particularly various forms such as weaving, pottery, fabrics,wood carving to produce some of the unique and quality craft products. While some souvenirs are imported from countries like Kenya, DRC, South Sudan, majority of them are made in Uganda and are authentic and affordable. Before you buy a souvenir, here are important tips to consider.
– Buy a souvenir that is easy to pack
– Avoid illegal items such as ivory or rhino horn made crafts.
– The best places to buy souvenirs are the craft shops and markets, art galleries in Kampala city and communities around Uganda National Parks.
Note that even if you may not want to shop big, visiting those places is an experience on its own but more importantly we encourage you to buy souvenirs because it helps those involved to earn income and support their families and business.
Ugandan Traditional Clothing
The Traditional clothing in Uganda varies from tribe to tribe but they are all beautiful. You can buy an entire outfit or a single item separately and still get them in every color and design. From the most trending pants with blending patterns, skirts and tops, kikooye for women to the most popular Gomesi and Kanzu for the Baganda people.
A visitor can buy a kitenge dress, scarf, kikuyu bag, African sandals or perhaps bangles, ear rings and African necklaces or Maybe cow horn saucers, candle stands, wooden mortars or wooden African masks, in art and crafts shops all easily found in Kampala.
In fact, the list of African crafts and souvenirs that can be bought at craft markets in Kampala is endless. Also where to buy them is also not a problem because you can find quality African arts and crafts being sold out at many crafts and souvenirs shops and malls around Kampala especially at Buganda Road.
African Home Decor
African Home Décor can be found in many craft shops around Kampala with a variety of beautiful household and decorations items of all kinds. There are the most unique ones like banana fiber mats, cow hides and horns, desk storage, flower pots, lamp shades, hand woven rugs, curtains and many more a visitor can buy.
African Handmade bags
There are a variety of handmade bags on sale around the craft shops and markets in Kampala. From backpacks, laptops bags, designer cross bags, clutches to shopping bags with zip locks, there’s something for every traveler and the prices vary with quality of the bags but most of them are of good quality and authentic.
African Jewelry comes in many types whether it’s modern jewelry or traditional. One thing remains the same; they are all colorful and lovely with patterns of Uganda flag colors, black as well as gold and silver. From earrings, beads, rings, arm and leg bangles, necklace, bracelets, headdresses, amulets, the visitor will be spoilt for choice.
The African Hat
When on a safari to Uganda the weather can get with a lot of sunshine which will definitely make you want to buy an African hat and protect yourself from the scotching sun rays. Hats are made from different materials such as straw hats, banana fiber hats, African cloth hats, leather and mad hats, kitengye print hats, Rastafarian hats and many more one can choose from.