Cultural/Community Tourism with the hallmarks.

Karimajong Women

Uganda’s cultural heritage is richly diverse with over 56 ethnic cultures in the country each practicing its own norms and beliefs. These norms are expressed in cultural dress and marital ceremonies, in dance, in artifacts as well as in the riches of Ugandan foods.  Ugandan cultures live side by side in peace and harmony with each other based on the principle of live and let live.

Uganda has a very strong culture heritage. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms including Buganda, Busoga, Ankole, Bunyoro and Toro. Ugandans are remarkably hospitable and this attribute differs and hails from a diversity of rich cultures and life styles within Uganda. Each tribe has its own traditional dance; The Banyankole perform their Kitaguriro dance, the Banyoro have their Runyege dance, the Acholi have the Bwila and Otole dances. The Alur people from the West Nile have the traditional Agwal dance, Bagisu have the Imbalu dance during circumcision ceremonies.

 

Take a tour to cultural eco-tourism sites in Uganda with the Hallmarks travels, be part of the ceremonies and enjoy the Ugandan rich and diverse culture.

The hallmarks travels invites you to explore the traditions of each of our cultural groups. Experience at first-hand, our cultural festivities – especially our music and dance- which is part and parcel of the Ugandan spirit.  With the hallmarks travels, you will not miss out on a visit to the Buganda Kingdom; making sure you see the famous Kabaka’s lake, as well as the Naggalabi and Sezibwa Falls coronation areas.

In the East, the hallmarks travels will ensure that you don’t miss the Masaba male rites of passage expressed in public circumcision ceremonies and also making sure that you see and experience for yourself the courtship dances of the warrior Karamajong. And do not miss out on the regal Acholi ebwola dance up in Gulu and Kitgum.

Experience how our culture and traditions are also expressed through a wide range of arts and Crafts made from wood, Papyrus reeds and local materials. These include black smith implements, beaded Jewellery, wood carvings and batiks. They can be found all over the city in village bazaars, gift shops, hotels, urban galleries and the National Theatre Craft Market during the city tour with the hallmarks travels, consider taking on a cultural tour to the known destinations suggested by the hallmarks travels to make your Ugandan trip enjoyable and a memorable one.

Nyero Rock Paintings situated in Ngora; To have a perspective of where we came from, visit Nyero Rock Paintings in Kumi District. In the Western part of the country, a must see is the Igongo Cultural Centre, featuring a museum as well as library of Ankole people.

The Sezibwa Falls.

These spiritual and impressive falls hold a unique status to the Baganda people. For ages, this place has been a favorite spot for the Buganda Kings. The Sezibwa falls are found in Mukono district at the far border of Kyagwe & Bugerere kingdom-parishes, in the Eastern part of the famous Buganda Kingdom. The falls hold too much spiritual significance. Mutesa II and Mwanga, who both were former kings, are believed to have “tied” twins from here. Other than their cultural significance, the spectacular waterfalls are a fine location for rock climbing, bird watching, healing, watching the waterfalls and cultural dances. Let the hallmarks travels take you to these spectacular Ssezibwa Falls to your amusement and satisfaction.

KasubiTombs

These royal tombs in Kampala are located 5 kilometers from Kampala-the capital on Kasubi hill. The Kasubi tombs are a very important cultural site in Buganda Kingdom. It is a UNESCO heritage place and the tombs are burial grounds for 4 Kings of the Buganda Kingdom referred to as “Kabaka”. This significant location in Buganda Kingdom takes a dome-like shape. A lot of royalty and respect is paid to this site. For many centuries, ancient Ganda rituals have been performed in this place. It holds numerous historical treasures of the Kingdom of Buganda. It is a place worth visiting while in Uganda.

Mparo Tombs found in Hoima; these are situated on Hoima Masindi road. The Mparo tombs are burial grounds for kings in the Bunyoro Kingdom. One of the most outstanding graves for the Omukama- a title for their kings, in this place is that of the Omukama Kabarega’s grave who was a very historic strong cultural leaders in Uganda.

Bigo bya Mugenyi, Ntusi;

This site is located in Mubende district and holds numerous earthworks that were done by the Bachwezi people and other related kingdoms, experiencing this stunning beauty can be achieved with the hallmarks travels.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine:

This Uganda martyrs’ shrine is a very vital attraction in Uganda’s history. It is at this place where twenty two catholic Christian converts were brutally executed following the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II in the year 1886.
At this place touristic shrines have been erected by the Roman Catholic Church Christians and the Church of Uganda, and annually pilgrimages are made to this place. The victims of Mutesa’s brutality were canonized in 1869.

Baker’s Fort in Patiko; This fort is situated 32 kilometers north of the town of Gulu in Patiko Sub county. The fort was founded by an early explorer in this Country–Baker. This striking stone structure is a birthright of Baker’s outstanding work against slavery in this area.

Karambi Tombs located in Fort Portal; these tombs are located along Kasese road 5 km from Kasese town and are a burial place for Kasagama and Rukidi III. These tombs are historically important to the Toro Kingdom.

Other Cultural Sites to visit with the hallmarks travels include:

Wamala Tombs

  • Nakayima Tree found in Mubende District.
  • Nnamasole Baagalayaze Tombs & cultural center.
  • Nkokonjeru Tombs located in Kakiika, Mbarara District
  • Naggalabi-Buddo Coronation Site located in Wakiso District