Dream Land Safaris

Uganda cultural tours Model

About Uganda Cultural Safaris & Tours

Uganda recognizes an astonishing 65 distinct tribes. Some of them are related to one another but still retain unique aspects that set them apart, displaying an incredible cultural diversity that is fascinating to explore. As you will learn from this cultural safari experience in Africa, before the arrival of the Europeans, Uganda was ruled by a central monarch and also had different chiefdoms. While most of the kingdoms were disrupted under the colonial advent, three of them were reinstated to preserve their heritage and glory. The monarchs of Bunyoro, Buganda, and Tooro have regained their status, as has the Acholi tribe of northern Uganda. The kingdoms of Ankole and Mpororo no longer exist, but remnants of their culture still form the Dream of various cultural trips.

As you’ll learn on your tours, cultural distinctions in Uganda are primarily made by the geographical surrounds north and south of Lake Kyoga. While the northern and southern tribes have diverse traditions, their trade and interactions create an interesting melting pot that is changing the face of modern-day Uganda. In the north are the Acholi and Langi, while the Dodoth, Pokot, Ik and Karimojong claim the north-east. The north-west is home to the Lugbar and Alur. Should you choose to travel to the east of Uganda, you may encounter the Benet, Ndorobo, Sabiny, and Bagisu, each with their unique customs.

The ancient civilizations of Uganda have left behind several remnants that are of special interest to archaeologists and tourists from all corners of the world. When organizing your itinerary, the trip consultant at Dreamland Safaris can add visits to some of the prime park and town destinations of cultural interest.

The Batwa Trail

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.

Nomadic Pastoralists

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. Apart from the movements they did in the past, their culture is still centred around cattle and their products. Enjoy learning about their unique lifestyle.

Cultivators

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 and the rest of land is protected for wildlife. 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.