Lake Mburo National Park region tour, Igongo cultural center,short Uganda tour to Lake Mburo park
Mbarara district locally known as the land of milk and honey is situated in southwestern Uganda and is bordered by isingiro, Kiruhura, Sheema among other district. Because of its strategic location, Mbarara town has become a significant stop over town for travellers on Uganda safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The district is also key tourism destination in Uganda and the key tourist attractions of the district are given below;
Lake Mburo National Park is situated about 240 kilometers south-west of Kampala, 30 kilometers east of Mbarara town. At first, this park was located in Mbarara town but due to the creation of new districts, the park is part of Kiruhura district. In Lake Mburo National Park one can enjoy game drives to view unique wildlife such as buffaloes, Zebras, leopards, impalas, hippos among other animals. One can as well enjoy a highly adventurous boat cruise on the lake Mburo. For travellers who are bird lovers, Lake Mburo National Park is a home to exclusive bird list including rare shoebill stock. Within Lake Mburo national Park, there many lodges where one can spend a night. These include Mihingo Lodge; Mantana tented Camp, Rwakobo Rock, Mburo Safari Lodge, Arcadia Cottages and Rwonyo Camp.
ATTRTACTIONS IN LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Igongo Cultural center
Igongo cultural center is the dominant regional museum where the past meet the future. It is a museum that shows cases the culture of people of southwestern Uganda. If you want to know more about the people of southwestern Uganda, then Igongo is the best place to go to. They have also constructed accommodation so one can spend a night at Igongo to fully explore this cultural center.
Activities at the Centre include
- Medicinal plants tour
- Visit to a local school
- Traditional dance or music performance
- Crafts demonstration
- Museum tour
- Hill climbing
- Donkey rides (coming soon)
- Learn how to perform traditional Ugandan chores
- Visit to local farms
Ankole Long Horned Cattle
The Ankole long horned cattle remains the symbol of this milk and honey district. There so many farms along Kampala- Mbarara road where one can spot the long horned cattle. Although these cows are now threatened due to cross bleeding, one can spot herds grazed by the hima pastoral groups. There are no doubts what so ever that Mbarara district is the leading milk producer in Uganda
The people of Mbarara are well known for their culture. The bahima are predominantly cattle keepers while the Bairu are cultivators. The most popular cultural activity lies in their lifestyle including marriage, dress code among others. If one wants to experience such, he/she needs to attend okuhingira.
Ankole just like other kingdoms was under the omugabe but during the restoration of kingdoms, Mbarara was unfortunate that this was not installed. However, there some cultural sites which include the burial place of the abagabe at Nkokonjeru, the administrative block at Kamukuzi among others. The problem with these is that most of them are in a sorry state as no caretaker is in charge.
Lake Kachera is found in both Mbarara and Rakai district. The southern part of the lake lies next to the Lake Mburo National Park. The Lake’s location by the Park with a considerable concentration of wild game offers opportunity for wildlife viewing and spot fishing in Lwanga fish landing site.
Sanga Cultural Village
This is a cultural Centre for the Hima tribe, located at the sanga junction leading to the Lake Mburo National Park. Traditional ornaments and regalia of the tribe are also found at the Centre. Upon payment of a small token fee, it is possible to learn about the cultural ways, particularly of the Hima women.