Nakayima tree in Mubende, History

The Nakayima tree is located in Mubende hills and it is one of the oldest trees of the ancient times. The tree is believed to be approximately 400 to 500 years of age and it stands about 40 meters high above the ground. The tree was named after the first wife and princess of the Bachwezi king known as king Ndahura who had a wife called Nakayima who was the a daughter of the last Bachwezi. Prince Nakayima was once rooming around on the hill of Mubende is believed to have disappeared in this tree thus the name Nakayima tree. Ever since then the tree is said to posse supernatural powers of fertility, healing bas well as good healthy. The Nakayima tree is as well believed to solve problems of the community and the offer blessing.

Tree has got big buttress roots on the base and if you about 4 kilometers away in Mubende town, you will clearly observe the hooks of this tree west of the hill. The Nakayima tree root system developed a root system and formed three spaces which are believed to bedrooms of the Jjaja Musoke, Nalongo, Jjaja Masaka and Ddahula, and Nalongo.

Nakayima was a keeper of the tree and she acted as a mediator of the community and the king. Nakayima could get affected by small pox and possessed by the Ndahura spirit for a number of days and during that period she had powers to treat the disease of small pox.

Initially before the Bachwezi took ownership of the hill, there was a magician called Kamwenge who showered from Mbarara. This magician had two sons who later established themselves as the local rulers and they worked so hard to grow their territories. These were succeeded by the Bachwezi king Ndahura who over power and lived at the hill of a long period of time more than the years that the sons of the magicians had lived.

Ndahura handed over power to his son wamala when he retired in his birth place in close to fort portal that is believed to have settled at the hill.

Apparently people, who worship the Bachwezi, pay a visit to the shrines in respect to Nakayima of the Bachwezi dynasty. The Bachwezi were demi gods and the Nakayima tree was the home to all their spirits that were recognized and worshiped by the Bunyoro and Buganda people. When the local people take a visit to the Nakayima tree, they will growth sacrifices such as animals, money, harvests so as they can get favor and blessings from their gods.

There was a time when people were affected by small pox and the Bachwezi influenced the him pastoralists to stand still and wait for the healing, there were no clan powers any more instead there arose the Bito dynasty rulers who were formed by the Bachwezi king known as Mubende that meant that “there is another one”. This did not mean the king or another power but some other ruling power.

In the 1899 there was a religious conflict between the Bunyoro and baganda. The occupant Nakayiwa Nyanjara had to be forced to disappear and by the time she returned a year after, all their seven worshiping huts had been destroyed and all the graves were vandalized. Later king Kabalega took a visit to Mubende hill so as to worship with the Nyanjara.

After some years, the Mubende hill was given out to Muganda Saza through the indirect colonial rule of the existing British government who was in power in 1902. And because of this, Nyanjara had to shift to Bugogo and this is place he met his death in 1907. This was the first Nakayima who was not traditionally buried in the cemetery close to the sacred tree.

Apparently the Uganda national museum has the Nakayima Nyanjara Regalia that was captured. She died her body was taken to buried on top of Mubende hill and one of the items in her Regalia included the ancient pots. The Nakayima tree is one of the historical places to visit and it can be combined with your visit to kibale forest national park.

Is Uganda safe? Travel tips for citizens of America, German, Canada, UK and other countries

Is Uganda safe for American tourists and all other tourists?

As people think of including Uganda on the African countries to travel to, they will wonder if it is safe. You do not have to worry about this because this is actually one of the safest countries for tourists in Africa. The country is secure, stable and has the most hospitable and friendly residents. Mostly Americans always want to find out if they will be safe when they are in Uganda.

The hospitality and safety in Uganda doesn’t single out according to nationality. Just like for the residents, the government of Uganda ensures that all tourists are kept safe and secure from any controllable problems. Tourists are safer if they book with tour operators; Adventure in the wild safaris. Safaris are very safe, activities are safe and the surrounding is safe.

How safe is Uganda for Americans and others?

Drop any misconception that the entire Africa is an unsafe place to visit. You’ll be surprised at how safe and secure you’ll be during your visit in Uganda at all destinations, cities and transfer drives from destination to destination. You are urged to follow all the advice and instructions from the tour driver and other attendants at the destinations like national parks, lodge.

Just like any other major cities, common safety and security problem of robbery, scamming and petty theft do occur in Uganda’s major towns like Kampala, Jinja especially in crowded areas. This is however avoided by observing safety and security rules and cautions.

Adventure in the wild safaris is aware of the best and safest lodges, hotels and communities to stay at and visit to avoid ruining your safari with theft, overcharging yet with less quality services and insecurity. The driver guide will give you appropriate advice on which stores, banks, happening places and any other good service providers to use.

Ranging from the general police of the country, Uganda police, Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), traffic police, Tourism Police and the tourism bodies like Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourism Board and our tour company, the safety of tourists is taken very seriously. National parks in Uganda have barracks with military army, ranger post with park rangers, and other security personnel at lodges and other sites.

Comparing Uganda and USA

USA has had terrorist attacks and other forms of violence in the recent years. There are many reports of killings and other brutal deeds which are shocking.

“The Pearl of Africa” is not only endowed with dramatic attractions, but also minds so much at the safety and security of those who come to watch them. People are very friendly and kind, but you do not have to trust every one other than your guides and attendants.

Mulago Hospital Kampala

Mulago Hospital Kampala – Mulago hospital is the main and oldest National Referral Hospital in uganda. The other two National Referral Hospitals are Mbarara National Referral Hospital and Butabika National Referral Hospital. Mulago National Referral Hospital is located in on one of the famous 7 hills of Kampala, Mulago hill on the northern side of Kampala, just about 5km from the city centre.

Mulago hill rises to a height of about 4130ft above sea level. It got its name from a traditional local herb called “omulago” in the Ganda language. This herb was grown on the hill by the 29th Kabaka (king) of Buganda kingdom known as Kabaka Ssuuna II who ruled 1832 to 1856. The purpose of these traditional herbs was to protect him from evil spirits. During his time on the throne, he built his capital on this hill.

Mulago hospital has two main sections; the Old Mulago (also known as Upper Mulago) which was founded in 1913 by Albert Ruskin Cook and the New Mulago (also known as Lower Mulago) which was completed in 1962. There have been continuous renovations and expansions of the hospital over the years. It has a bed capacity of 1,790 though it hosts more than 2,000 patients. Mulago hospital is also a teaching hospital for Makerere College of Health Sciences. It also acts as the Haelth Center IV,III for Kampala metropolitan.

Mulago hospital in Uganda was established and is always renovated and rehabilitated to offer better medical services. It is frequented by hundreds of people from different parts of the country daily. Services offered include pediatrics, gynecology services, intensive care, surgical services and dentistry among others. Facilities and activities at the Mulago hospital and areas around the hill include the Research laboratories, Infectious disease Institute, Uganda Heart Institute, nursing school, pharmacies, Kampala City Mortuary, doctor’s village and hostels among other facilities.

One of the lately established sections of Mulago National Referral Hospital is Mulago Women’s Referral Hospital which is also known as Mulago Specialized Maternal and Neonatal Hospital. It was set up to offer treatment to women with reproductive health complications, to reduce congestion at the main Mulago national specialized hospital and reduce referrals abroad. Construction was started in April 2013 and it was completed in July 2018 and finally opened for patients in September the same year of completion. . It consists of surgical theatres, postnatal wards, delivery wards and recovery rooms. This section of the hospital offers specialized services for women and new born babies that will have been referred there. High-risk antenatal care, postnatal services,  complex fistula, vaginal hysterectomies reconstruction after female genital mutilation, ureteric re-implantation, in-vitro fertilization and recurrent pregnancies and gynecologic cancers including cervical cancers, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer are some of the problems they will handle.

Areas close to Mulago hill include Makerere hill where Uganda’s oldest University Makerere is situated, Kamwokya where you find the Uganda National museum and the headquarters of Uganda Wildlife Authority, a body which is in charge of all the national parks and the wildlife in Uganda,

Boma Boutique Hotel Entebbe

Boma Boutique Hotel Entebbe is a luxurius hotel located in Entebbe Uganda. Find out the Boma Hotel Entebbe Rates, booking and other information.

The Boma hotel is a Boutique hotel situated the green suburb of Entebbe a short drive from Entebbe international airport. It is an outstanding and unique hotel in the central region because of the touch of the 1940s setting. It is decorated in an African way with a modern comfort. This is the best place to stay on your arrival in Uganda or on the last night before leaving Uganda after your safari. Staff at the hotel are very kind and hospitable and offer high standard services.

Lonely Planet East Africa Guide book compliments on the hotel with the best precise description of their services and serenity despite the time it has spent in operation. Much more about its goodness can be found on the reviews about it on TripAdvisor.

Since the hotel accommodates people from different countries because of its location, a variety of international dishes are prepared and you’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner of your choice. Those who want to taste local foods get the best of it there. As you relax at the veranda or around the gardens, you’ll spot various birds species. Other animals commonly seen around the area are vervet monkeys and tortoises.

While staying at The Boma hotel, you can visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden. It located near Lake Victoria and has very beautiful flowers, lots of plants, trees, birds and butterflies. You can also visit Ngamba island to see chimps in the chimpanzee sanctuary or go boating on Mabamba swamp to see the shoebill storks. Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe is also a perfect place to walk around and see a represents ion of lots of some of the wildlife in Uganda. Children have where to play from at the Education Centre.

At The Boma hotel, children won’t be bored. There is an area where children have lots of games to do like swings, slides and a playhouse.

The Boma hotel has comfortable and affordable self-contained rooms, which have been maintained with the British colonial furnishings featuring African furnishing. Everything at the hotel is of high standard and great quality.

 Cultural encounter with ik tribe, kidepo

Visit the Ik tribe northern Uganda one of the African mountain tribes. An encounter with the ik tribe, kidepo is a very exciting experience while on your Uganda safaris.

The Ik is a tribe in Africa, this group of people, live in Morungole mountain in North-eastern Uganda nearer to the Kidepo valley National park.  the Ik people live in most remote areas in Uganda far away from all the tribes in Africa. These group of people, became famous in 1972 when the British -American anthropologist Colin Turnbull Published his book, ‘’The mountain people’’ the book referred the IK people as the ones who did not love. But the visit to these villages, will surely disapprove what was written about the Ik people. They are loving, caring and very interesting people to live and interact with.

During your safari visit in Kidepo Valley National park, you can also take a tour to the nearby Ik communities. This is one of the unique cultures you ought not to miss. You can do this activity in foot, hiking on steep slopes you will need to be physically feet and energic for this stroll. This activity lasts for the whole day Hiking through the scenic Morungole mountain near the kidepo valley which also the perfect game park for the fascinating wildlife viewing. You can do a game viewing safari in kidepo valley national park, and also take part in a cultural visit to the Ik villages.

A visit to the Ik communities on Mount Morungole, measures about 2,700 meters above sea level is a unique African Cultural Experience and also a moment to prove your physical ability and endurance while hiking on steep and rugged terrain in a semi desert area.

To have the best and enjoy your safari tour in this remote area, a minimum of 5- 6 days is required for you to have a complete safari tour in Kidepo valley National park with a visit to the Ik people in Morungole mountains.

The IK people live high in Morungole mountains, on the boarder to Kenya along the kidepo valley Park Region in North-eastern Uganda.

The Ik tribe northern Uganda have total population of over 10,000 to 11,000 people in number, they were believed to have migrated from the Ethiopia and first settled in Kenya then later migrated to the current Kidepo Valley park. they were mainly hunters and gatherers, they also kept some cattle but due to the constant raids by the Karamojong’s in Uganda, the Turkana of Kenya and the pokot of Kenya and the Tuposa of South Sudan, the constant raids led to the loss of cows thus they have up on cattle keeping and later adopted substance farming, also reared some goats, and bee keeping for honey.

They lived most of their lives in the forest where they gathered and hunted from, but when government came up to gazette all the national parks to protect the animals, they lost their hunting grounds, therefore, they migrated up in to Mount Morungole where they started their life from. Up to date, they have lives on the mountain and its where you can find them in isolation and relatively at peace with one another. They were the first people who migrated to North-eastern Uganda they believed they were the ‘’head of the migration’’.

 Visiting the Ik tribe, Kidepo up on the mountain, is one of the unique experiences with stunning views of the scenery below seen from above is so beautiful and it one of the amazing experiences and adventure you ought not to miss. While here, you can learn about these group of people, their daily lives, the activities they do, cultural norms and beliefs among others. They are polygamous people where by Aman is free to marry as many wives as he can, the many women you had, the more you are respected.

Visiting the Ik Tribe; gives a rare insight in to one of the unique and interesting tribes in Africa with approximately 10,000 people living in the mountains, these group of people, are seen as endangered for its future existence as they try to supplement their living in the mountains. You will also have some of the interesting views of the stunning scenery from the top of the mountain.

Trekking high up on the mountain where these people are found, is not easy it requires some stamina and physical fitness. But there also some trails that were created by the US Forest Service which has made getting to the Ik villages, a lot more simplified. You can also drive to the top which is a short cut for the long hiking, you will be guided by the guide who speaks Ik language for easy communication, the visit to the Ik villages, takes approximately whole day experience ascending and descending the steep mountain.

The peak of Mount Morungole, measures about 2,749 meters above sea level, the trail is 8 kilometres long which is quite a tough climb to the villages, you will need to be physically fit to be able to climb the mountain, carry some water to keep you hydrated. Finally, when you reach the top, you will be amazed by whet you will discover up there, breath-taking scenery, the Valleys below you, and the East African Rift Valley of Kenya.

When you arrive at the Ik villages, you will be welcomed by the locals and they will show case some of their traditional dances among others. They are so welcoming ad friendly people you will love them. The fees paid for these activity, is injected in to the local community which helps in sustaining the continuing existence of the people as well as its for other cultural visits in other regions of the country such as the Batwa community, the Karamojong which are some of the Unique cultures in Uganda and are of interest to the visitors in Uganda.

You can ask the guide for some questions and you will be able to get the answers, you can also donate some money to help these families , life is hard here, there is no better education, raising of the children is different here, feeding is poor here, the life here is beyond what you could imagine. You can also visit them, and put a smile on their faces, have time with them, enjoy some of the local foods and local beer with them.

In case you need this safari visit to the Ik villages, please let us know and we will plan and include the activity  in your safari tour plan so that you will have the best of your safari visit in Kidepo valley national park, and the visit to the Ik communities in mount Morungole.

How to Visit the IK Tribe northern Uganda: is a stand alone activity it requires one full day for the complete adventure, it’s an activity that you can combine safari to one of the best parks in Africa, you can visit the kidepo valley and also the community visit to the IK communities, kidepo valley, is situated far in one of the remote areas in Uganda and takes some time along time getting there but while here, you will definitely enjoy it. One day is enough to visit the Ik villages.

Walking- Hiking safari Advice and Tips for Uganda

There various places in Uganda and beyond where you can enjoy the walking and the Hiking safaris, the walking and Hiking best safari advice in various regions of Uganda and Rwanda, other activities like savannah safaris, forest, jungle safaris, mountain hiking, volcano hikes, trekking among others, Uganda is rich in what to do and see in various regions and national parks in Uganda.  one the best and missed do activity in Uganda, is the visit to the IK people of mount Morungole in Uganda, all you need is to be fit at all times to hike the steep slopes. The hike to the Ik villages, takes about 8 hours to get to the top and to descend down the mountain, this time enables you to know about this group of people.

We recommend that you wear properly, wear proper clothing, hiking boots, and carry enough drinking water and energy giving snacks and packed lunch while hiding out for this activity it’s a bit tiresome but worth it.

 

 

Iteso People and their culture

The Teso people are one of the Ethnic Groups in the Eastern region of Uganda and they occupy some parts of Kenya. The Teso is the name given to the traditional inhabitant for the Teso people. The Teso people occupy the sub regions of the current districts of KUM, Amuuria district, Kumi District, Katatwi district, Palisa district, Kaberamindo district, and Bukedea district. The Iteso people speak the Nilotics language. The eastern Nilotics are divided into two categories such as the Teso Speaking plus the Maa speaking who known as the Maasai branch. The Iteso people are further divided into other category, the Ateso Speaking people and the Karamojong group such as the turkana, Jie, Ikaramojong as well the Dodoth in Uganda and Kenya.

Historical background and culture of the Iteso People

The Iteso People are believed to have originated from Sudan over some period back though it not possible to calculate their period of movement. Other theories assume that Iteso Originated from the Karamojong and took the south direction. This is believed to have happened sometime back since the Iteso don’t bear the cultural names and rituals like the Karamojong. Most of the Iteso clan names are mixed with the Bantu speaking people and the Nilotics. The Iteso people are also mixed with the Japadola due their migration.

During the Colonial era, the Iteso had a cool relationship with the pre-colonial period and they were acrimonious. Due to the intermarriages, the Iteso were intermixed with their neighbors and this diluted their customs and traditional element that can be as well spotted in the nearby surrounding people.

The Iteso situated in the Kenya and Uganda, are as a result of the britsh colonial rule who indirectly ruled them. In the 1902 the western Kenya was transferred from Uganda to Kenya.

The Economic set up of the Iteso

The staple food for the Teso people is Finger Millet and Sorghum however the colonial offices introduced cassava to act as a supplement to their food and to assist them with stand famine. The cassava was cooked together with millet and sorghum. The women were good at growing vegetables, in their small gardens near their houses and they could gather wild foods such as the Mushrooms Delicacy, whilst the Men were busy cattle herdsmen grazing cattle.

The Teso as well depended on agriculture and the main cash crops grown were cotton and this grown by both women and men and they had separate plots of land and they each earned individual income. The oxen were used for plowing other household could hire labor. Other cash crops that were grown include; the tobacco and Maize which were grown during the long rains. The commercial activities included owning small shops, trading cattle and also employment in the public sector jobs to act as local administrators and school teachers.

Marriage and Family

The Marriage among the Teso people was recognized from two points of views; the spouses come together as an alliance it happens between two exogamous clans. The first alliance is expressed in the practical arrangement of establishing a household while as the second one is expressed in the ceremonial rituals as well as healing practices. Most Iteso people both man and women entered in polygamous marriages although this reduced in the early colonial era. One man could marry about 4 or more women who will less than one umbrella and they respected their husband. Divorce was rare thing since whenever divorced happened then the parents of girl were required to return bride wealth that was paid when taking the girl from their parents.