Having originated from the Karamangongo region, Akoromwe packages the narrative with more information regarding the history of Kidepo and the Karimojong culture.
One has to be tough to leave gritty life of Karimoja. Just like the people who are already there, their ancestors braved floods, droughts and customary cattle rustling. In the past, marriage was a rite of passage into manhood. During the ancestral time a young Karimojong man was required to wrestle down the woman of his interest into sexual submission and that marked the engagement ceremony.
The the party won the wrestling match against the woman, he was considered a real man and he had the right to marry her. From the point the dowry negotiations could then begin between the two families ie the bride and the groom’s family would meet to discus. Marrying from a different tribe did not require wrestling. The man would automatically take the woman.
About Kidepo park and its attractions.
Kidepo Valley National Park sits on rugged, semi arid valleys in the middle of Uganda’s boundaries with Kenya and Sudan, approximately 700km from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a home to Uganda’s big game and hosts over475 bird species and 77 mammals.
Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park when traveling from Kampala, the shortest safari to Kidepo take 5 days with long drives and overnight on the way.