Igongo Cultural Center and Museum
When you visit Uganda, there are many activities that you shall do but most of them are centered about wildlife- gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, game drive, and boat cruise involve viewing species of animals. Recently, there is a shift in the tourism trend and some tourists now prefer cultural tours. When you talk about cultural tours, many directly translate this to the Batwa community visit. The batwa used to live in Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Their lives were centered about the dense forest however due conservation efforts; they were shifted from the park. Much as the batwa form part of the Uganda’s culture, there are other aspects of culture that you can’t miss out. If you want to add value to your wildlife tour especially when you visit the western part of the country, a stop to the Igongo cultural center and museum shall give you an understanding of the cultural values of the people around the area.
Once you visit the museum, you shall take a guided tour where you will learn several facet about culture and the guide shall be able to explain all the different items found in the museum. Prior to that, you shall enjoy local dance performances and if you have time, you shall visit the local villages to get a deep understanding of the social, economic and political aspect of the people.
The museum has a wonderful compound which is full of beautiful flowers and greenery which is a perfect reflection of the western countryside. If you are hungry and you feel like eating something, the museum is equipped with a restaurant which serves local fresh dishes. You shall be in position to enjoy from the garden to table experience. Eating the local dishes is a way of supporting the local communities as the food stuffs and ingredients are bought from the local farmers. However, if you are interested in continental and western food, the restaurant provides that as well. If you are driving to or from Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Mgahinga national park, Bwindi Impenetrable national park, a stopover to Igongo cultural center and museum shall add value to your trip