Cultural Encounters in Uganda

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary (Kibale)

When visiting the chimps in Kibale, make time to include time in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Income goes to the local community for worthy development projects and you get a lovely wildlife experience, which is particularly great for birders.

Katwe Salt Pans (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Traded across central and Eastern Africa, salt from Katwe has been a  source of wealth for kingdoms for hundreds of years. Using traditional techniques, production continues in the harshest of environments from within Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visitors are welcome, but take your sunglasses.

Batwa people (Bwindi)

The original inhabitants of the forests of south western Uganda, expelled as a result of the formation of the national parks in the early ‘90s, the Batwa now live a marginal existence, battling to conserve their traditional culture. While it is unlikely they will ever be allowed back into the forests to live, it is possible to support credible Batwa development programmes that provide a compelling introduction to their culture whilst supporting this vulnerable community.

Karamojong (Kidepo)

There is a big divide between northern and southern Uganda with regards to the landscape, the history and the people. This difference is encapsulated by the Karamojong people of the remote north east Uganda. A Nilotic speaking pastoralist people, their affection for assault rifles and cattle rustling historically made them off limits to visitors. Happily times have changed, the guns have gone and there is a warm welcome to visitors wanting to know more about Karamojong life when staying in Kidepo National Park or the wider Karamoja Region.

Ik People (Kidepo)

Like the Batwa, a marginalised people evicted from their homes when a park was created, the Ik people live in the highlands above Kidepo National Park and can only be accessed by a challenging (and thoroughly enjoyable) hike. 

Urban Uganda (Kampala and Entebbe)

One of the most significant African trends in recent years is the movement of people from the villages for education, work and the amenities of modern life. This has made the cities fast growing, colourful, hubs of life. In Uganda, the capital city, Kampala, and the quieter administrative centre of Entebbe are where you can explore crowded streets, museums, markets and experience 21st century Uganda in the raw.