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Cultural Visits in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Cultural Visits in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be carried out at leopard village and Kikorongo women community center, Nyanz’ibiri cave community, Agro-tour walk and Katwe Tourism Information Center. Cultural Visits offer a tourist with a chance to be entertained or even take part in the cultural dances and drama from the Bakonzo people and this will leave you totally refreshed with a lasting impression about your tour to the pearl of Africa. You will also get a chance to have a candid one on one discussion about challenges faced by these communities who dwell in close proximity to the national park.

These community centers have souvenir craft shops with items that have been crafted from available natural materials such as papyrus and wood. Items sold in these shops include woven baskets, necklaces, handbags and wood sculptures. These cultural visits/encounters can be arranged at most the lodges within the park but a walk to these community centers can be equally rewarding as it involves taking in scenic views of the tranquil wilderness, bird watching or even meeting wild game along the way to these centers. The proceeds from these cultural visits go directly into solving some of the human-wildlife challenges such as the construction of fences on some parts of the national park to see to it that the animals don’t destroy peoples gardens. Alleviation of poverty among community members through income generation.

Cultural Villages and Community Centers toured on Cultural Visits in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Leopard Village: The Leopard is positioned in the village of Muhokya covering 3 acres of land in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The leopard village contains the traditional huts of the Banyabindi, Bakonzo and Basongora along with their traditional arts and crafts not forgetting the dance groups that perform cultural dances.

Kikorongo Women Community: The Kikorongo Women Community is within Kikorongo village close to Lake George. The community offers traditional dance performances, fire making experience, craft making, stories and riddles among other heritage components.

Katwe Tourism Information Centre (KATIC): The northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park has a series of crater lakes among which include the famous Katwe Salt Lake. The visit to the Salt Lake exposes you to the process of salt formation exploring how the absence of outlets causes salt formation. The local people will demonstrate to you the process of salt extraction, processing, packaging and distribution. The way of life of the locals and how they derive their livelihood from the lake is also an area of concern. The cultural visits/encounters can also be encountered.

Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community: The Nyanzibiri literally means two lakes. The Bunyaruguru crater field has a series of crater lakes some of which are twin-like. The lakes offer impressive scenic views and a recreational canoe paddle exploring a range of primates and remarkable flora along with great sounds of birds like grey crowned cranes among others. Take a visit to the cultural museum where the traditional tools of the Banyaruguru are kept. The museum is built in a traditional Banyaruguru architecture.

Agro-Tour Walk: The Agro tour walk is found in Katara village along the Kichwamba escarpment marking the eastern wall of the western arm of the great east African rift valley. The encounter lasts for about 2 – 3 hours’ hike traversing the local farms, exploring into the local homesteads and traditional means of honey harvesting. The encounter is always conducted in the morning or its evening.

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