Community Walks In Kibale National Park

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  • Sep 10, 2022

The walk is an enjoyable activity that has been planned for the park, especially for people who wish to learn more about local Ugandan culture. During this village walk in a community adjacent to Kibale National Park, you will see how life unfolds in a typical Ugandan village.

You will mix and mingle with locals as you discover their rich cultural heritage. So you better brace yourself for an overdose of fun as you witness and groove to traditional dances that date back to the 18th century.

This Western part of Uganda has special foods, making this tour a must, especially if you love treating your plate right. This is the hub of ghee and butter.

Commonly known as the land of milk and honey, you will get foods made from milk here. One such is Eshaabwe, a ghee sauce made by older women in a room where they must keep quiet.

See, it is believed that talking makes the delicacy served in clay pots turn out uninviting. On the other hand, the accompaniments such as Oburo (millet bread), mashed matooke, cassava, and ground-nuts, are served on hand-woven basket plates.

There will be many organically grown fruits to tickle your taste buds; bananas, pineapples, sugarcane, wild berries, and passion fruits.

These folks might amuse you and can also show you how they farm or explain how they have survived in the area. The park’s visitor center in Kanyanchu also sells locally made art and craft products.

The Uganda Safaris will end with a visitation of a community-owned bee project at the boundaries of Kibale National Park and five communities surrounding the park, Kabugerire, Busabura, Kahondo, Kivima, and Kyabakwerere.

Community Initiatives

The Bee Project features 500 beehives lined at elephant crossing points along the park boundary. It was established from August 2013 to the end of 2015 to stop forest elephants from escaping out of the park to ravage locals’ food.

This setback was laying a foundation for inter-human-wildlife conflicts and thus endangering lives of animals.

Preliminary findings indicate that there were 44 incidences observed in 2012 and 12 in 2013. And there were only three incidences last year.

Even better, the project hasn’t only been beneficial to the communities. It has deterred instances where the community’s domestic animals would creep into the park for grazing.

This has been pivotal in tackling infectious diseases from animals to humans and vice versa. The kids who used to protect the gardens can now attend uninterrupted school.  

The project, which cost roughly $3,000, was funded by well-wishers of the park, especially organizations at the forefront of conservation like Cleveland Metroparks, Sacramento zoo, and National Geographic. It has 281 beneficiaries.

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