A Family Safari with Children means enriching cultural encounters that will never be forgotten.
An African Family Safari is more than Wildlife, Adventure, or Excitement – it can be a time of cultural interaction that will enhance your time in Uganda.
Family Safaris with Children – Cultural Encounters in Uganda: When one thinks of an African Safari – images of wildlife, exotic scenery, starlit nights, and the equatorial sun come to mind most.
An African Family Safari with Kabiza Wilderness Safaris is more than a wildlife safari; more about rafting on a family float down the River Nile or learning how to fish on a sandy beach island on Lake Victoria.
A family safari with children is also a time of teaching, cultural encounters, and learning the ways, thoughts, stories, and traditions of other cultures found in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
Into most Family Safaris with children, we blend those enriching cultural encounters where you or your children learn ways and traditions unknown. Those encounters are some of the most exciting times on a safari visit to Uganda.
The very word Safari means journey. A safari is not only an outer journey but an inner journey, and your children will learn the ways of traditions of the people of Uganda’s various people groups.
Uganda can teach your children, and your children can teach Ugandan children.
Below you will find some ways and places where children can interact, learn, grow, become and certainly remember for years to come.
There are many more places the below is sample a cross-country sample. Some of the activities may not be right for your children due to their age.
Please Note: Children below five may be too young for some of the activities listed below. Children from six and up will enjoy and be able to do most of the activities listed below.
Family Safaris with Children – Cultural Encounters in Uganda:
Sosolya Undungu Dance Academy in Kampala:
Ndere Dance and Musical Troupe Cultural Center:
Ndere Troupe Cultural Center is a living Cultural Attraction. The Ndere Dance Troupe keeps Ugandan Culture alive with its dance, music, and the telling of stories related to the country’s various cultures. Ndere Dance has performed worldwide, telling the stories of Uganda’s multiple cultures.
The Ndere Troupe provides the perfect introduction to Uganda’s rich and diverse Culture. Be prepared for some breathtaking dances accompanied by traditional music on handmade instruments. The troupe is internationally renowned for its immersing cultural performances. You do not want to miss out on the cultural entertainment offered here, which will be one of the highlights of your stay in Uganda.
Not only do you see Cultural Performances at their best, but it is also a foodie adventure where you can get a bite of Uganda’s local cuisines such as Luwombo meat, or chicken, vegetables wrapped in banana leaves. At the same time, cooked provides a mouthwatering dish most often served during the year’s festive season.
The Center also provides lodging for visitors where you can learn some dance routines, drumming, or other instruments yourself.
Boomu Village Stay near Murchison Falls Park-Uganda:
It is part of the Boomu Women’s Self-Help Group, and you experience life in an African village here.
Stay in traditional African huts, outside toilet, hot water is brought to you for bathing, and lighting is done with Oil-Lamps.
You do not just eat here for meals; you gather from the garden and help in the meal Preparations, which is a bonding time with those with whom you are staying. Quite different than going to the supermarket to get supplies for lunch or dinner.
There is no electricity, running water, or WiFi unless you have a smartphone with MTN.
Learn how to make crafts, gather flowers for dye-making, a weaving of blankets, visit a school, meet a village elder, and observe life in an African Village.
Ruboni Village in the Rwenzori Mountain Foothill – Uganda:
The Village of Ruboni is home to the Bakonzo People, the keepers of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon. The place to stay is either the Ruboni Community Camp, right in the Village, or the upmarket Snow at the Equator Lodge. You experience what village life is like for Uganda’s Mountain People from either accommodation.
You can even take dancing and drumming lessons here, walk through the Village and meet the traditional healer, a blacksmith making tools like in the old days. Food preparation for today’s meal. At dinner, see the cultural dancers and drummers perform at sunset. You can take Drumming and Dancing Lessons at a minimal cost.
Be taken to the forest where you learn how to fish with your hands while you see primates, birds, and the three-horned Chameleons found here—Ruboni Villageted near Fort Portal, Kibale Forest, and Queen Elizabeth Park.
Ruboni is an off-the-beaten-tourist track unless you plan to climb the Rwenzori Mountains. It is a working Village – Visitors come here, but not in droves. It is an off-the-beaten tourist path location.
Nshenyi Cultural Village – on the Border with Tanzania-Rwanda in Uganda:
Nshenyi cultural Village is 3-hours from Mbarara Village. It is on the main road leading to the parks in Western Uganda, such as Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Mgahinga National Park.
It is a part of Uganda where the Ankole cow reigns supreme. It is an Ankole Cultural Village where the day starts early with milking and watching Ghee being made. Take a walk to the Rwandan or Tanzanian border, learn the traditional ways, stay in a traditional hut, and eat the area’s local food.
Most visitors have a delightful stay here in this African Village where you can visit a school, watch traditional dances, and see an abundance of birdlife.
Please, the Cultural Village was created to give Tourists an understanding of the Ankole Cattle Culture. If you are looking for comfort and everything you look for in a hotel, this is not the place; the rustic African style would be better to describe. Reviews on TripAdvisor are you, focusing on comfort, not the Cultural Experience. Authentic? Yes, but created for Tourism to show Ankole Traditions and Culture.
A visit with the Batwa People:
You can spend a day with the Batwa, the first people of Forest in Southwest Uganda. The Batwa are conservation refugees evicted from the Gorilla Parks in Uganda.
Today some of the Batwa are allowed to take you into their beloved forest, and you will see how they lived for thousands of years. It would be nice if the ethnic group became part of Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, and they have the potential to be great rangers guiding visitors into their forest.
They built no villages. They had no fields or gardens, and the forest was their source for everything they needed.
The Batwa people can teach us about living in harmony with nature. They left a low ecological footprint in their beloved forest.
A Visit with the Batwa is one of those must-do things in Uganda. Children eight years and older can do this, and it takes a bit of stamina.
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