Each kingdom in Uganda like any other part of the world features its own unique history and so is Ankole Kingdom! Despite this fact, when it comes to cultural safaris in Uganda, very few places always feature on top list and Ankole Kingdom is rarely heard compared to others renowned cultural sites. For any plans to spend your holiday in western Uganda or perhaps you wish to make your safari a complete one in this region then the best is for you to consider Itaaba Kyabanyoro a must to visit and you will get the best of your cultural trip in this particular side of this magical country. Itaaba Kyabanyoro is one of Uganda’s most significant cultural site with unique history of Ankole Kingdom. It is from this site that the last king of the Mighty Bachwezi Empire ‘Wamala’ crafted the sacred Bagyendanwa royal drum. Today, it features among a few incredible tourist sites with rich history that is worth exploring while you are on Uganda safari
This sacred site is considered as a main source of power, dominance and right to command. It is believed that it is one of the greatest requirements for recognition of Ankole kings. In other words, no King of Ankole gets recognition by the locals without having this significant sacred drum. Amazingly, the Bagyendanwa and other royal drums can beat themselves in case something bad occurs within the kingdom for instance violations, discontent or abomination. They can only stop beating till the main cause of the abomination is discovered brought to light and dealt with by the kingdom officials who may decide to carry out some traditional rituals and occasions from any of their sacred places.
Location of Itaaba Kyabanyoro
This cultural site lies about a few kilometers off Mbarara Town just along the Mbarara-Kabale route in area known as Kinoni Rwampara. For any plans to explore parts of southwestern Uganda, this is one cultural landmark that you shouldn’t to miss. Other significant cultural sites for you to explore in Mbarara include Sanga cultural village-this is incredible cultural center for the Hima tribe. It is situated at Sanga junction and ideal for visitors on safari to Lake Mburo National Park. Traditional ornaments and regalia of the tribe also exist here and you can also have enjoyable cultural experiences on distinct cultural ways of the Hima women. Igongo cultural center a renowned site where most visitors on safari to western Uganda make stopovers at for lunch and a visit to its museum to explore more about the cultures and history of people of southwestern Uganda. You may also pay a visit to Nkokenjeru tombs if Ankole where the last two kings of Ankole kingdom were buried-Omugabe Kahaya the second who was buried in 1944 and Omugabe Rutahaba Gasyonga the second in 1982. This cultural treasure lies within Kakiika-Mbarara district
In conclusion, if you plan to pay a visit to western Uganda and specifically Mbarara, Itaaba Kyabanyoro is that one remarkable cultural site you shouldn’t miss to explore.