Cultural tourism is an element of the tourism industry which is continually growing, especially in western and south western Uganda. One of the places that you can experience Uganda culture, and learn about heritage is the Igongo Cultural Center and museum. If you are planning to visit the parks in the west such as Queen Elizabeth national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest for game viewing or gorilla trekking it would be worthwhile to make a stop at Igongo cultural center. It can be just a short stop on your way to the parks or back to Kampala.
The cultural center is a perfect place to stop and rest and learn some more about Uganda as you rest. You can take a guided tour of the museum and learn about the history of the people in the area, and a bit about their culture. You can also enjoy some performances by local dance groups all, or if you are staying for a longer time a visit to the nearby villages could be fun as well.
You could stop visit the cultural center and have your lunch there. There are is a very beautiful gardens with beautiful flowers and plants that is a perfect reflection of the countryside, a museum, a crafts shop and a restaurant which serves local dishes such as millet bread, and matooke, and local drinks such millet and sorghum. It is an all round cultural experience in a very short time.The local food in the restaurant is prepared from ingredients that are locally and organically grown and are fresh from the farmers. Even the steak or beef is from local Ankole cattle, and it is very tasty and a healthy source of protein.
The restaurants do serve some international dishes, if you are crazing for something western, and the food is very well prepared. The staff is efficient skilled and professional, you will not be disappointed. There is a variety of refreshments for you to quench your thirst and refresh you from one leg of your journey before you continue on to your destination.
Most of the employees are from local communities in the area, so the Igongo cultural center is a source of employment for locals and a market for local farmers as well. So whatever money you spend is eventually going to the community, good deeds manifest in many ways
After enjoying the amazing food, the environment, and visiting the museum and the cultural center and learning more about the history, traditions and culture of the locals in the area, you will not regret making the stop at Igongo cultural center and museum. A Uganda safari is not only about wild animals, gorillas, and mountains, it is also about the subtle and simple things like this restful cultural center. It is all an exploration of Africa and the many things the continent has to offer.