The People and Culture can be experienced in the Cultural Safaris in Uganda, the culture of Uganda is still virgin, undiscovered and untapped by most travelers. Ugandans with their gracious and courteous ways are considered some of the friendliest people in all of Africa with different cultural values and the best way to discover the different cultures is on a cultural safari. With a variety of ancient kingdoms alongside their heritage lives, traditional costumes, language and cultural that are worth exploring and discovering.
Though English is the official language and is widely spoken, the Ugandan culture consists of many different ethnic groups with different cultures with over 30 languages are spoken.The Bantu speaking people dominate much of Uganda forming several tribes like Baganda, Bagisu, Basoga, batooro, Banyakole, Bakiga, in northern Uganda, the people who speak Nilotic languages including the Lango, Acholi, Iteso and Karamajongs exhibiting their own beliefs, culture, traditions and norms.
Uganda has many cultural sites which one can visit on their cultural safari to experience the people and culture in Uganda-their livelihood now and their history, some of the cultural sites include;
The royal tombs are located 5 km from Kampala on Kasubi hill are they are a very important cultural site in Buganda Kingdom were its ancient kings were buried. The site is a UNESCO heritage site and takes a dome-like shape and it is regarded with royalty and respect, ancient Ganda rituals have been performed in this place.
The Sezibwa falls are a favorite spot to the Buganda kings who visited the place to consult with the gods that resided in these spiritual and impressive falls. The Sezibwa falls are found in Mukono district holding a lot of spiritual significance, the spectacular waterfalls are a fine location for rock climbing, bird watching, healing, watching the waterfalls and cultural dances.
The Mparo tombs are burial grounds for kings in the Bunyoro Kingdom and are found in Hoima. They are one of the most outstanding graves for the Omukama including the Omukama Kabarega’s grave who was a very historic strong cultural leaders in Uganda.
Located in Mubende district, this site holds numerous earthwork that was done by the Bachwezi people and other related kingdoms and a lot of related history to the Chwezi people.
The Uganda martyrs’ shrine in Namugongo is a very vital attraction in Uganda’s history, this is the place where twenty two catholic Christian converts were brutally executed following the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II in the year 1886.At this place touristic shrines have been erected by the Roman Catholic Church Christians and the Church of Uganda, and annually pilgrimages are made to this place.
The fort was founded by an early explorer in this country called Baker and was named after him with a striking stone structure is a birthright of Baker’s outstanding work against slavery in this area. This fort is located 32 kilometers north of the town of Gulu in Patiko sub county.
This site is a burial ground for Kasagama and Rukidi III are historically important to the Toro Kingdom, they are located in Fort Portal along Kasese road.
Other Cultural Sites include: Nakayima Tree, Mengo Palace, Baha’i temple, Rubaga Cathedral, Namirembe Cathedral, Gaddafi mosque, Owino market, Nakasero market,Nkokonjeru Tombs, Nyero Rock Paintings, Naggalabi-Buddo Coronation SiteWamala Tombs, Nnamasole Baagalayaze Tombs and Ndere cultural center in Kampala.
On your Cultural Safari in Uganda you will experience the people and the culture of Uganda from the different touristic places, you can also opt for a Kampala City Tour where you will visit different sites in and around Kampala city.