Discover the Cultures of Western Uganda at the Igongo Cultural Center and Country Hotel – Mbarara
Igongo Cultural Center and Country Hotel – Mbarara -Preserving the Natural & Cultural Heritage of Western Uganda
The Igongo Cultural Center and Museum – Country Hotel is a remarkable destination offering many experiences. Established initially as a Cultural Center and Museum with a fine restaurant, it has now expanded to include a modern and upscale hotel, making it the premier accommodation option in the Mbarara area.
The Igongo Cultural Center is an ideal stopover for those traveling to or from Western Uganda, including popular destinations like Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here, you can immerse yourself in the rich culture, traditions, and history of Western Uganda while enjoying a delicious lunch, exploring the museum and exhibits, and even spending the night in the charming country hotel.
As you enter the center, you’ll be greeted by a lovely garden adorned with vibrant flowers and plants that reflect the beauty of the local countryside. The museum showcases the diverse cultural heritage of Southern and Western Uganda, while the crafts shop offers unique souvenirs to commemorate your visit. The restaurant serves traditional dishes, including millet bread, matooke with ghee, and local drinks made from millet and sorghum, all prepared with fresh and organically grown ingredients from local farmers.
For meat lovers, the Ankole cattle steak is a must-try. Known for its low fat content and cholesterol levels, it provides a healthier protein option without compromising taste. The friendly and welcoming staff ensures a memorable dining experience.
The Igongo Country Hotel caters to all your accommodation needs while traveling to or from the nearby national parks or returning to Kampala. The hotel guarantees a restful stay with a range of options, including cottages, suites, executive rooms, and standard rooms, each tastefully furnished with comfortable beds and private bathrooms.
The hotel has two restaurants, ensuring you won’t go hungry during your stay. The Igongo Country Hotel brings a fresh and exciting addition to the Mbarara area that visitors will truly appreciate.
After enjoying a satisfying lunch, take a guided tour of the largest privately owned museum in Uganda. Discover the fascinating history of the local people and, if time permits, embark on a village tour to learn about plants and trees with medicinal properties. You may even witness a captivating traditional dance performance, enhancing your cultural experience if you’re lucky. Don’t forget to explore the locally crafted souvenirs available, as Igongo Cultural Center offers more than just a delightful meal—it provides a genuine Ugandan cultural encounter. And now, with the addition of the hotel, you can extend your stay and fully immerse yourself in the experience.
Please let us know if you wish to include Igongo Cultural Center and Country Hotel – Mbarara in your safari. We would be delighted to make the necessary arrangements for your visit.