Arts And Crafts

Take part of Uganda's culture with you. Uganda's art and craft portrays different cultures from the ancient times, has a wide range array of handicraft products, ranging from basketry, decorative wall mats, ceramics and pottery, beads, hand textiles, amulets, woven products like jewelry(from animal teeth), arm and leg ornaments, head dresses, toys, and leather products like bag, curved wooden products and Some of Uganda's arts and crafts are actually the musical instruments such as drums, thumb pianos, stopped clay and reed pipes, containers, face masks, lyre, fiddles and rattles among others. These items are produced in all regions and are sold everywhere, supermarkets, hotels, even roadside vendors. Their raw materials are tribal ornaments in limited edition based on culture, history and traditions like beads, stones, animal teeth, animal bones, feathers, wood, kaolin white clay, precious metals, human hair, grease clay, ivory, grass and palm leaves, papyrus fibers, millet, cow dung and many others. None of these materials is imported into the country.
Handicrafts are a cultural tradition and predominantly a cottage industry, practiced by the rural youth of both gender, but mainly by women in the country, in order to supplement their incomes. The production of handicraft, however, has seen an upswing as a new industrial branch and it is perceived as a potential business for a sustainable family income to supplement the subsistence farming, thus making modern art more and more attractive for artists, traders and in the end for export.

The bark cloth
The bark cloth is made through tree striping, boiling and pounding it. The final result is reddish in color.
Making of bark cloth in Uganda is historically part of culture for centuries; the bark cloth is more than a souvenir. It's a sacred fiber that defines the spirit of most kingdoms in Uganda. This has remained a ceremonial dress for the royalty used in the coronation and burial. The international education scientific and culture organization (UNESCO) named the process of making the bark cloth among the world's collective heritage.
There are several art galleries in Uganda, most common being Margret trowel school of industrial art famous for paintings and sculptures done by very talented students as well as instructors (this is the most interesting gallery in Uganda) this is also where the 1970 art exhibitions were held, followed by Nommo gallery located near the presidential lodge others are Tulfanya near radio Uganda. It’s better to visit every gallery because they have different art pieces. The contemporary art of Uganda has been perceived as an international movement of Africa.

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL LIFE IN UGANDA
Uganda being a heterogeneous country, historical paleontological and archeological, historical, traditional and cultural sites are quite a number backed with stories of origin and beliefs.
HISTORICAL PALEONTOLOGICAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
Karamoja and Mount Elgon regions contain fossils site which have made Uganda one of the countries in the world where the cradle of mankind is traced with a specimen named metrotopithecus bishopi. another places in Uganda where fossils can be traced are along mountain Napak and Batwa in eastern Uganda in Kondo and the Kazinga channel in western Uganda and archeological sites include, Ngongezi rock shelter along river Kagera in Isingiro district, Nyero rock paintings 6km west of Kumi district in eastern Uganda (other rock paintings similar to Nyero rock paintings are in Karamoja, Paliisa, and Kaberamaido districts in eastern Uganda and lolui island in lake Victoria), Ntugi mounds and basin located 56km west of Masaka town which is believed to be the oldest site associated with Bachwezi showing male and female man made mounds and a basin locally called Bwogero, Bigobyamugenyi across Kakinga river valley where Bachwezi are existing to present date, Munga za Matebako in kabala district, Nakaima tree in Mityana, Kabiro salt village, Ntanda pits, Bweyogere capital site amongst others.

NATURAL SITES IN UGANDA
Africa's prestigious source of the Nile also called white Nile, Lake Victoria located in Jinja, Amabere ga Nyinamwiru in fort portal in Kabarole district (meaning breasts of Ndahura's mother, Nyinamwiru),Semwama rock shelter which can accommodate over 200 people, Sempaya hot springs in Bundibugyo district, Rukaronga tilting rock shelter, rock gong, and rock shelter, bugona tree along Mbarara kabala highway, Mitobere caves, Kisizi waterfalls, Sezibwa falls, Bujagali falls, Sippi falls and Mise caves. Each of these has an interesting story behind its existence fully believed by the natives of that particular area.

TRADITIONAL SITES
These sites have existed for more than 500 years and are respected and emotionally connected to the natives because of their traditional values and beliefs. These include Musibu Azala Mpanga (kasubi tombs), nagalabi coronation in site, Mparo tombs, Nkokonjeru tombs, Kalambi tombs, Mugaba palace, Bulange also known as Lukiko (Buganda's parliamentary building), Toro kingdom (Palace of Omukama Kabamba Iguru Of Toro), and Bunyoro palace amongst others.

HISTORY OF BUNYORO AND TORO KINGDOMS
After the Bachwezi were succeeded by the Babiito dynasty, was Rukidi son of Ndahura and Rukidi woman was invited to Bunyoro by the Bachwezi nobles before their disappearance, Though to many its believed that the Luo captured Bunyoro by force and integrated themselves into the local culture by claiming genetic links with them by adopting the Chwezi customs and rapidly learning the Runyoro language.
Bunyoro was the largest and most influential kingdom before the end of 17C due to its exclusive control of the salt mines. The kingdom shrunk between 1650-1830 when the princes rebelled against their old king and at this time Kabayo declared autonomous rule taking all the salt depositions. In 1852 Kamulasi seized and killed most of the rebellious princes at the famous battle of kokoitwa. Other kingdoms neighboring Bunyoro took advantage of the situation (internal conflicts) and evaded its land. Some of the kings of Bunyoro include, Omukama Chwa also known As Chwamali, omukama Duhanga, Omukama Kabalega to Omukama Solomon Iguru. Bunyoro was one of the kingdoms abolished in 1967 but restored in 1993.The natives and the current Banyoro give further explanation of their kingdom's history.
The Batooro and Banyoro have close links culturally and linguistically. Initially it was one kingdom of Bunyoro kitara but later Toro broke away and its first king was Kabayo Kasusunkwanzi and the kingdom is currently headed by King Oyo Nyimba Iguru Rukidi IV.

HISTORY OF BUGANDA
More interesting information about Uganda's kingdoms can be accessed through direct interviews with the natives and accessing the Uganda museum. We will be glad to take you through the history of Uganda's kingdoms.

THE BATWA PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Batwa -  pigmies are the most ancient inhabitants of the interlacustrine Africa, two hundred years ago they occupied almost three quarters of East and southern Africa. These are believed to have existed for more than half a million years ago in the Kigezi forest and they have always lived there. The initial inversion into the Batwa territory was made by the Bantu speaking farmers who settled in Kigezi some time before the sixteenth century but even then the Batwa have remained original in their lifestyle. These are Ugandans distinguished by their size and lifestyle where by an adult male is 1.5m in height (way shorter than usual Ugandans) and have a pale bronzed complexion. These people live in small egalitarian communities.
According to the survey made in 1996, fewer than 2000 Batwa reside permanently in Uganda, mostly concentrated in Kigezi. Only 2000 years ago however, east and southern Africa was populated almost solely by Batwa and related hunter gatherers, whose lifestyle differed a little from that of our earliest human ancestors. Since then, agriculturists and pastoralist settlers through persecution and mostly, degraded communities living in habitats unsuitable for agriculture or pasture such as rain forest interiors and deserts.

The Batwa temporary live in traditional encampment of flimsy leaf huts set from forest clearing, their life style rotates around hunting where they use poison arrows to hunt down they prey and this is done in groups and its some kind of sport to them. Besides hunting, they are fruit gatherers and semi nomadic by inclination and also gather wild honey.
The Batwa share Bwindi forest with the mountain gorillas (both are natives of Bwindi impenetrable forest) and for this matter they are direct beneficiaries of gorilla trekking activities in Bwindi impenetrable forest so whoever goes gorilla trekking, directly aids the little needy community of Batwa.
We take the pleasure of introducing you to the Batwa community and the detailed story behind their existence.

 
UGANDAN CUISINE
Uganda being an agricultural country has fresh food in abundance and with this Ugandans makes a variety of local dishes and even international dishes though at small scale only common in Uganda's international hotels like Serena and Sheraton hotels. We have foods which common in other parts of the world so even the minorities like vegetarians, people who are allergic to some foods are all catered for. Uganda has the best African dishes one can never want to miss and these are unique only found in Uganda like the Eshabwe, Luwombo, millet bread amongst others and the rare foods like insects like white ants and grasshoppers which are not regarded as food in most countries yet very nutritious.

LUWOMBO (LOCALLY STEAMED DISHES)
Different foods can be turned to Luwombo depending on one's choice of food though the most common is chicken, beef, ground nuts and others
Course to blissful beef Luwombo
Ingredients
Smoked beef
Tomatoes
Onions
Gallic, paper
Carrot
Green paper
Get tender banana leaves, smoke them properly, make sure they are not torn in the process and put them aside.
Fold the leaves into a pot like form and carefully place beef piece into and add ingredients but don't put water.
Put the leafed pot into the source pan and chef for 2 to 3hrs and then, the result is a Luwombo.
LOCAL BREW
(OMUGUSHA)
This type of brew originated from western Uganda and its one of the best locally made brews. It's taken during local ceremonies, parties and on personal reasons. This beer is so much respected in the western Uganda
 
Ingredients
Sorghum, millet, honey, ash, herbs and water. With these ingredients, you can start preparing our local brew, just follow the steps below.
Steps
Combine sorghum, millet, ash and local herbs together in a sac and soak in a drum of water for 3days. After 3days it will turn black.
Have this sun dried for over 2days (make sure it's dried completely) and then mill it into very fine particles compared to flour. Put this flour into the container, which half fill it with cold boiled and stir with a stick till it has well dissolved with water. The result on this stage is a thick liquid.
Add warm but fully boiled water to the solution and stir. Then add very hot water and blend with the elucidation. At this same stage sprinkle the flour onto (same flour from which it's made) leaves the solution gaping to cool for 2-4hrs. This is kept for 1 and half day and then A BEER IS MADE!!Taste this beer, and you will find a unique test.
 
Caution:
Drink in small portions, reason it's very intense.
The beer process takes time and to have good results one has to be patient, the final result however is worth waiting.
 
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Take part of Uganda's culture with you. Uganda's art and craft portrays different cultures from the ancient times, has a wide range array of handicraft products, ranging from basketry, decorative wall mats, ceramics and pottery, beads, hand textiles, amulets, woven products like jewelry(from animal teeth), arm and leg ornaments, head dresses, toys, and leather products like bag, curved wooden products and Some of Uganda's arts and crafts are actually the musical instruments such as drums, thumb pianos, stopped clay and reed pipes, containers, face masks, lyre, fiddles and rattles among others. These items are produced in all regions and are sold everywhere, supermarkets, hotels, even roadside vendors. Their raw materials are tribal ornaments in limited edition based on culture, history and traditions like beads, stones, animal teeth, animal bones, feathers, wood, kaolin white clay, precious metals, human hair, grease clay, ivory, grass and palm leaves, papyrus fibers, millet, cow dung and many others. None of these materials is imported into the country.
Handicrafts are a cultural tradition and predominantly a cottage industry, practiced by the rural youth of both gender, but mainly by women in the country, in order to supplement their incomes. The production of handicraft, however, has seen an upswing as a new industrial branch and it is perceived as a potential business for a sustainable family income to supplement the subsistence farming, thus making modern art more and more attractive for artists, traders and in the end for export.

The bark cloth
The bark cloth is made through tree striping, boiling and pounding it. The final result is reddish in color.
Making of bark cloth in Uganda is historically part of culture for centuries; the bark cloth is more than a souvenir. It's a sacred fiber that defines the spirit of most kingdoms in Uganda. This has remained a ceremonial dress for the royalty used in the coronation and burial. The international education scientific and culture organization (UNESCO) named the process of making the bark cloth among the world's collective heritage.
There are several art galleries in Uganda, most common being Margret trowel school of industrial art famous for paintings and sculptures done by very talented students as well as instructors (this is the most interesting gallery in Uganda) this is also where the 1970 art exhibitions were held, followed by Nommo gallery located near the presidential lodge others are Tulfanya near radio Uganda. It's better to visit every gallery because they have different art pieces. The contemporary art of Uganda has been perceived as an international movement of Africa.

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL LIFE IN UGANDA
Uganda being a heterogeneous country, historical paleontological and archeological, historical, traditional and cultural sites are quite a number backed with stories of origin and beliefs.
HISTORICAL PALEONTOLOGICAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
Karamoja and Mount Elgon regions contain fossils site which have made Uganda one of the countries in the world where the cradle of mankind is traced with a specimen named metrotopithecus bishopi. another places in Uganda where fossils can be traced are along mountain Napak and Batwa in eastern Uganda in Kondo and the Kazinga channel in western Uganda and archeological sites include, Ngongezi rock shelter along river Kagera in Isingiro district, Nyero rock paintings 6km west of Kumi district in eastern Uganda (other rock paintings similar to Nyero rock paintings are in Karamoja, Paliisa, and Kaberamaido districts in eastern Uganda and lolui island in lake Victoria), Ntugi mounds and basin located 56km west of Masaka town which is believed to be the oldest site associated with Bachwezi showing male and female man made mounds and a basin locally called Bwogero, Bigobyamugenyi across Kakinga river valley where Bachwezi are existing to present date, Munga za Matebako in kabala district, Nakaima tree in Mityana, Kabiro salt village, Ntanda pits, Bweyogere capital site amongst others.
NATURAL SITES IN UGANDA
Africa's prestigious source of the Nile also called white Nile, Lake Victoria located in Jinja, Amabere ga Nyinamwiru in fort portal in Kabarole district (meaning breasts of Ndahura's mother, Nyinamwiru),Semwama rock shelter which can accommodate over 200 people, Sempaya hot springs in Bundibugyo district, Rukaronga tilting rock shelter, rock gong, and rock shelter, bugona tree along Mbarara kabala highway, Mitobere caves, Kisizi waterfalls, Sezibwa falls, Bujagali falls, Sippi falls and Mise caves. Each of these has an interesting story behind its existence fully believed by the natives of that particular area.
TRADITIONAL SITES
These sites have existed for more than 500 years and are respected and emotionally connected to the natives because of their traditional values and beliefs. These include Musibu Azala Mpanga (kasubi tombs), nagalabi coronation in site, Mparo tombs, Nkokonjeru tombs, Kalambi tombs, Mugaba palace, Bulange also known as Lukiko (Buganda's parliamentary building), Toro kingdom (Palace of Omukama Kabamba Iguru Of Toro), and Bunyoro palace amongst others.
HISTORY OF BUNYORO AND TORO KINGDOMS
After the Bachwezi were succeeded by the Babiito dynasty, was Rukidi son of Ndahura and Rukidi woman was invited to Bunyoro by the Bachwezi nobles before their disappearance, Though to many its believed that the Luo captured Bunyoro by force and integrated themselves into the local culture by claiming genetic links with them by adopting the Chwezi customs and rapidly learning the Runyoro language.
Bunyoro was the largest and most influential kingdom before the end of 17C due to its exclusive control of the salt mines. The kingdom shrunk between 1650-1830 when the princes rebelled against their old king and at this time Kabayo declared autonomous rule taking all the salt depositions. In 1852 Kamulasi seized and killed most of the rebellious princes at the famous battle of kokoitwa. Other kingdoms neighboring Bunyoro took advantage of the situation (internal conflicts) and evaded its land. Some of the kings of Bunyoro include, Omukama Chwa also known As Chwamali, omukama Duhanga, Omukama Kabalega to Omukama Solomon Iguru. Bunyoro was one of the kingdoms abolished in 1967 but restored in 1993.The natives and the current Banyoro give further explanation of their kingdom's history.
The Batooro and Banyoro have close links culturally and linguistically. Initially it was one kingdom of Bunyoro kitara but later Toro broke away and its first king was Kabayo Kasusunkwanzi and the kingdom is currently headed by King Oyo Nyimba Iguru Rukidi IV.
HISTORY OF BUGANDA
More interesting information about Uganda's kingdoms can be accessed through direct interviews with the natives and accessing the Uganda museum. We will be glad to take you through the history of Uganda's kingdoms.

TRANSPORT IN UGANDA.
Means of transport
We have as smooth transport network where all the modes of transport are represented i.e. terrestrial, avian and equatorial modes of transport. In Uganda every particular type of transport has specific places where it's carried out. There therefore shows that Uganda has a growing transport sector attributed to its growing economy.

Air transport
Globally Uganda is a member of international air transport association IATA, civil aviation authority CAA and also partners with various international airlines like emirates airlines, Ethiopian air ways, Rwanda air, Kenyan airways and many more. The avian industry in Uganda fully understands and respect air traffic rights and passenger rights with provision of good services. This is attributed to well trained airline and airport stuffs (trained by IATA, CAA, Pilot schools and higher institutions of learning). Chartered airlines provide services like VIP Charters, medical evacuation flights, passenger charter flights, humanitarian flights and cargo flights.
Visas and travel documents
It’s possible and much easier for passengers coming into Uganda to obtain visas to Uganda on arrival. Most common with other countries, Uganda also requires every passenger to have a passport that identifies them although within east and central Africa this policy is relaxed and students are asked for identity cards and travel documents. The air port is under maximum security control 24/7 and therefore passenger security is guaranteed.

Road transport
From the air port passengers normally use road transport. The road network has the widest coverage compared to other transport systems in Uganda. Passengers here use airport taxis, buses, mini buses, couches, motor bikes (locally commonly called bodaboda), 4WDrives and many others however, passengers going up country (tourism destinations) are advised to use the 4WD vehicles or use the travel vehicles mostly from travel companies. (Contact visit Uganda for bookings and reservations of any kind).

Water transport
Though Uganda is a land locked country, various water bodies are used for water transport like lake Victoria to reach east African countries (Kenya and Tanzania) and also to get to interesting distant islands on the others are lakes Albert, Kyoga, George and various rivers. This type of transport gives visitors access to Uganda's fresh water bodies and nature vegetation near these water bodies and the travel experiences is awesome.
 
 

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