Cultural Encounters In Murchison Falls National Park

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Cultural Encounters In Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison falls National Park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda bordered by Democratic Republic of Congo in the west; other neighboring districts include Pakwach, Nwoya, Kiryandongo, Masindi and Buliisa. The Murchison falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda with a wide diversity of fauna and flora.

The national park is extremely incredible because of its numerous activities that it offers like game drives for game viewing; resident animals here include Lion, Rothschild Giraffes, Buffaloes, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, Warthogs, oribis, Jackson’s hartebeest among other wildlife that spread across savannah making it great spot for wildlife game safaris. Murchison falls national park is also famous for an interesting launch cruise along the Nile river and hiking to the scenic view on top of Murchison falls; as wells as a multiplicity of bird species, the park is currently home to over 451 bird species making it a unique birding destination in Uganda, experiential nature walks, sport fishing on the Nile river and remarkable cultural experience with the communities that surround the park, all these activities make Murchison falls a paradise of nature’s wonders.

The destination Murchison falls national park is surrounded by different tribal communities that make it stand out as a profound cultural destination like; The Banyoro in the south, Alur in the North West and the Acholi in the north east have got diverse cultural back grounds that can be encountered by travelers during a Uganda cultural safari.

One of the communities that provide incredible cultural experience in Murchison falls national park is the Boomu women’s group; this community group provides visitors with endless opportunities to explore the cultural heritage of the Banyoro and their day to day activities. These women always make a visitor to experience an African village in Uganda at kigaragara village. The cultural tour with the Boomu women’s group is experiential ranging from various participation like the black smith art to the food preparation, cultivation, craft making and the local home stays that provides modest accommodation facilities to tourists while treating them to a traditional African touch. Not forgetting the impressive cultural dances by the Mubako energetic dancers who are usually called to perform in the respective lodges within the park.

The best experience in this village is seeing how people work together as the name Boomu means “TOGETHER’’, living true life of an African villager where there is no electricity, no running water, not even solar light, also you can be part of the team when gathering and preparing food where everything is fresh without using modern sophisticated technologies. The visitor is involved right from the beginning to the end.

The Boomu women group offer an” African Banda” round cottage that is well maintained in an environment surrounded by tress with mango fruits, shrubs and attractive flowers with a lot of butterflies and tropical birds creating a peaceful and relaxing setting as you sit viewing the colony of weaver birds in a tree just next to your cottage.

The women also teach and create some fine bed spreads and other woven products, dyed with colors got from nature just within the village like; the attractive wooden baskets, simple beads; you ought to buy one souvenir to create memories of this amazing stay with the Boomu women group that teaches what it means to be and work together.

Any visit to Murchison falls national park shouldn’t miss out to reach the Boomu women’s group for the experience of real African village in Uganda where the village activities are authentic and historical while being treated in one of the basic African cottages.

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