An eco-cultural adventure near Kampala City delivered exclusively by community members in a non-staged setting. Activities include African garden tour, barkcloth making, traditional sex talks (including visiting the bush), traditional cooking classes, a buffet of fresh fruits, traditional music and music classes, tree planting, apiary tours and so much more. If large groups, lots of competitive sports activities. Typically one day but also possible in a few hours.
Suitable for you if:
- You have little time in Kampala but want some authentic cultural experience
- You are returning from wildlife, gorilla and chimpanzee tracking experiences
- Have a limited budget
- Travelling to the southwest of Uganda through Mityana
- Duration: 9.00Am – 6.30PM
- Location: Kijjudde, Mityana
- Distance from town: 10 – 15 minutes’ drive
- Fitness Level: Average fitness required
- Pack: Closed Shoes, Camera (optional), soccer jersey and boots
- Nature of community: Typically rural
- Fresh buffet of fruits (most varieties available), enough for everyone
- Music, dance and drama (all major instruments, drummers and dancers performing for the entire duration of visit)
- Cooking classes (food harvesting, and luwombo preparation)
- Lunch (fresh hot luwombo and a bottle of mineral water). Can choose from chicken (local), beef (pasted), mushroom, egg or pumpkin luwombo
- Hunting expedition (to save wildlife)
- Bark cloth making
- Kojja and Senga talks (traditional child grooming, discipline and behaviours [for children])
- Traditional games (rope skipping, swinging, board game [mweso], bow and arrow shooting)
- Village walk
- Football game (Entanda vs visitors)
- Local medicinal wine processing and tasting
- Classes on the traditional dressing (tying of Gomesi)
- Local honey tasting (depends on the season but is often tasted in combs)
- Tree planting, named after the visitor
- Goat roasting during the football match (additional UGX150,000 applies for every 20 visitors)
- Transport to Entanda but can be arranged at a small additional fee.
Local dance and fresh fruits buffet: While the cultural performance continues, you will be served with lots of fresh fruits ranging from organic sweet bananas (ndiizi), fresh jackfruit, sugar canes, guavas, mangoes, water melons, “ekitafeeri”, and local pineapples to passion fruits among others. We shall also serve you with 100% pure honey still in its combs, harvested just a few hours before your arrival.
Starting March 2019, we shall be conducting garden tours where you can go with us to the apiary and learn firsthand how we rare bees and harvest different products including honey, bee venom, propolis, pollen, and bee wax among others - and how we process all of these products. We shall harvest these products together.
There will also be an opportunity to have special tours to member gardens - passion fruits, mangoes, pawpaw, pineapples, oranges, banana plantations, and local chicken farms. You will be able to enjoy these fruits in the gardens. Official introduction: After relaxing your muscles, you will meet the Entanda members to tell you about the initiative, achievements and where it is going. This will take a few minutes to let you know how your visit impacts our community.
Sekitulege - the sexy musical instrument: You will listen to the sound of one of Uganda’s forgotten musical instruments, Sekitulege. It’s played by only adults and is useful in teaching visitors about sex! You’ll have a chance to play it.
Traditional food preparation – visitors doing it with the hosts: At Entanda, we love to cook. We shall teach you how we prepare our special meals in a cultural way. We shall prepare luwombo, a special type of meal prepared only in Buganda Kingdom. Each of the luwombo is prepared with fresh vegetables with accompaniment of matoke, yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, kyetutumula (ancient Buganda wartime food), and Irish potatoes. All the food will be harvested fresh from the local gardens. You will be taken through different ways of preparing different types of Luwombo. We shall peel the food together, wrap it together and light the fire together.
The traditional hunting expedition: We shall do a short hunting expedition (about 3 hours). We shall sit deep in the Kibibi tropical rainforest or high up on a hill (near a tree that swallowed a human being attempting to cut it) for a lecture on traditional hunting – the wisdom and experiences of the hunters are thrilling to listen to.
Be prepared to listen to serious scientific knowledge coming from people who have not been to school – but sharing knowledge passed down from generations. The expedition takes you through local homesteads, wetlands, forests, tea plantations, and steep hills – everything is authentic and non-staged. The beauty of this activity is that the lucky animal will be identified (and caught unhurt) but not killed – it will be released back to the wild, thanks to your visit.
Visiting “the Bush”, both Men and Women: After ensuring that the food is on fire, the ladies will be guided by the ssenga (auntie) to the “bush” to learn about bedroom matters (apparently women do not hunt – unless they get special permission from chairman). The senior ssenga will share her secret for happily staying in marriage for 50 years and still counting. She will teach you how to look after a husband, how to play sex the traditional way, how to use certain local herbs to treat the sick, and how to manage a home in a typical kiganda tradition. Bed matters will be thoroughly discussed and any questions will be answered. Even necessary herbs will be provided for the ladies in need.
The Kojja (uncles) will also find their spot, where they will rest and talk about marriage issues with their fellow men. This discussion has always been extremely exciting as Kojjas share a combined experience of over 140 years! The talk is about roles of men in homes, and techniques traditionally used to excite ladies in bed! Please note that no recordings are allowed during these sessions. Only your ears!
Sumptuous local cuisine (luwombo) served in a traditional Kiganda way: You will be served with luwombo, the same way it was served to kings and queens centuries ago. Moreover, this is food you will have participated in preparing. It is 100% fresh food. You will enjoy the vegetables commonly enjoyed in this village. You will sit on mats, and you will use your hands to eat. All the visitors will sit around a central serving area to have the meal in a typical traditional way as the head of the family will be the only one to sit on a stool. There are no forks or spoons in this village.
Bark cloth making – the ancient textile industry in Uganda: If you like, you will sit down with the bark cloth maker to teach you everything about bark cloth making in Buganda. Bark cloth is a type of cloth that the Baganda wore before the modern day clothes. You will learn the whole story of making it, its usage, and its role currently in the Baganda homesteads and traditions.
African Garden Tour and Tree Planting: We shall a have a tour of a typical African garden. This is a live food store where you expect to see lots of food types, vegetables, cash crops (such as coffee), medicinal herbs, and everything that we grow and eat. The food and fruits you will eat on your visit will also have come from these gardens.
The garden tour will end when you plant a tree. The tree will either be an indigenous medicinal tree or a fruit tree and a member of the community will volunteer to look after it. This is part of environmental conservation and we believe that one tree planted will represent your contribution to a better planet earth. Local wine processing and traditional wrestling: If you taste alcohol, you’ll be served with locally processed medicinal wine, a type that many visitors have testified to solving their health problems, and of course very tasty! We shall also show you how this wine is processed from herbs, tree barks and other organic ingredients. We shall share everything.
The soccer match: hosts vs the visitors ---and Goat roasting: The final activity will be a soccer match between the villagers and the visitors, with traditional wrestling as a curtain raiser. You will have a chance to wrestle with the oldest member of Entanda (73 years) – if you beat him, you get a special prize.
While the match is going on, goat roasting will be underway, and you’ll have the opportunity to roast your own meat! Both men and women can get on the pitch to play soccer! It’s fun for everyone.
6:30PM: Good bye from Entanda After the soccer match and goat roasting, we shall take a selfie with you, and say goodbye!
A majority of this culture was linked to man’s environment which in effect integrated culture with natural resource management. A good example was the taboos and totems of Buganda. Despite this remarkable journey of more than 2000 years, there is worry that much of the cultural and natural heritage of Buganda may wane due to modernisation. Entanda was born partly to restore this heritage.
We have developed a number of activities with the members which have attracted more than 1200 happy tourists. As a result, Entanda was voted the best Cultural Tourism Initiative in Uganda 2017 in the Pearl of Africa Tourism Excellence Awards by Uganda Tourism Board. Entanda also finished among the top 15 best cultural tourist destinations under the UNDP Global Equator Initiative 2017. The initiative was also chosen as a model inclusive tourism model by UNDP in 2016 and was taken on as a case study for all delegates in an international meeting in Kampala. The initiative also enjoys a formal partnership with Makerere University Business School.
Funds received from the tourists have been used to support the community in terms of training, grading the community road, supporting the only village school, formation of a SACCO and supporting agriculture. Most importantly, many members of the initiative receive some income which has helped to improve their livelihoods. The community also enjoys strong social capital and energy that is necessary to engender local economic development.