The uniqueness of the people of Uganda.
Uganda also dubbed the pearl of Africa is popularly known for its vast variety of nature with most of the prolific and densely populated wildlife national parks, almost 11% of the world’s bird species making it a birders’ haven and half of the total mountain gorilla population.
Soaked by the waters of Nile River, Uganda is blessed with beautiful landscapes including one of Africa’s highest points; the Rwenzori Mountains, which are crossed by the equator but surprisingly covered by snow throughout the year.
However, these features are not only confined to Uganda, but you can also find them in any other African country. But there is that one thing about Uganda that is so unique and can’t be found anywhere except in the pearl of Africa, that’s her people; ranked number one in terms of their hospitality and friendliness.
Certainly, when Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda the pearl of Africa back then in 1908, he didn’t consider the people of Uganda, he shadowed them with her magnificence, variety of form, color, profusion of brilliant life, birds, insects and reptiles on a vast scale. But there is much more that a safari in Uganda can offer other than wildlife, and these are the people and cultures in Uganda.
Uganda is culturally blessed with over 50 different tribes and each with different norms and traditions. Each tribe speaks a unique dialect, different practices, dissimilar cuisines and totally different songs and dance. And all these tribes are located in the four regions of Uganda.
The central region is mainly dominated by the Bantu ethnic group and the Baganda in particular, a monarch with one of the best kingship documentations in Uganda. Buganda is noted for her unique ceremonies like the introduction, initiation of twins, king’s coronation and the funeral rites where they all perform different dances and songs.
About the central cuisines, Buganda’s staple food is Matooke and the cultural attire is a Kanzu for men and a Gomesifor women. These attires are the highest form of creativity Buganda has ever had.
The eastern region is also largely reigned by the Bantu speaking people including the Bagisu, Basoga, Bagwere, Basamia, and so many others; though it also has some Nilotics like the Iteso, Japadhola and others. All these tribes have different interesting cultural ceremonies with the most recommendable one being the Bagisu’s Imbalu.