Friday, 13 April 2018


Looking for a perfect place to eat out and to find pizza within Kampala? If you love pizza and you are within Kampala, there is no need for you to keep wondering about which places to visit to purchase pizza in Uganda. Kampala is indeed a busy business centre with variety of restaurants, hotels, cafés, take ways and visitors of all kinds find their dreams achieved once they land in this amazing capital city. To help you find your preferred pizza in Kampala, we have listed some of the incredible places that you can easily walk in while on safari in Uganda.

Café Roma

Café Roma is located along Tank Hill Road, Muyenga-Kampala and visitors have opportunity to taste authentic Italian cuisine and pizza at pocket friendly prices. This café is owned by Italians and it is also credited for its tasty salads as well as homemade gelato for visitors who are interested in ice cream.

Olives Pizzeria
Olives Pizzeria won the Kampala Restaurant Award for best pizza 2015. It is situated in the posh village mall Bugolobi food court and offers pizza of all sizes and flavors, ranging from beef, cheese and chicken pizzas and many more.

Mediterraneo Restaurant
This is situated along the Acacia Avenue and offers the best menus in Kampala city. It comes with lovely décor and serves as the perfect place to meet and interact with friends and loved ones. This is Italian restaurant and offers the best food and ideal relaxing atmosphere. This restaurant is known for its wood fired pizzas, pastas and fillets as well as imported food items especially rock lobster and prawns.
Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut is another amazing place for you to have the tastiest pizza that has globally won the hearts of many travelers in Uganda. Pizza Hut is situated in Village Mall Bugolobi. Pizza Hut is a multinational food chain that runs in more than 100 nations including Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Around Kampala, it has about six branches for you to grab your pizza.

Palm Café
Palm café is a Kampala Restaurant Award 2015 nominee for best pizza. It offers wide range right from barbecue pizza, cheese pizza, beef and many more.

Café Mamba
Located in a garden courtyard near the swimming pool and bar of the Urban by city blue hotel in Kampala just on Nakasero hill, Café Mamba provides wide range of tasty dishes from across the world. This place is known for its pizza.

Cayenne Restaurant and Lounge
This is situated at the heart of Bukoto and provides mainly Italian, Indian, Pizza and continental cuisines. Cayenne Restaurant and Lounge allows visitors to enjoy its food in its ideal surrounding area.

Smokey’s Restaurant and Lounge
The Smokey’s Restaurant features bar and gaming lounge around its greenery and sound environment. It offers several cuisines comprising of Indian, Pizzeria and continental.

Bamboo Nest Bar and Restaurant
Bamboo Nest Bar and Restaurant is situated on Bandali Rise, plot 61 Bugolobi Kampala. It is perfect for the best music and food especially sizzling pork relaxation ambience, vast plasma screens and projectors.

La Foret
This is located away from Tank Hill Road, Muyenga Kampala. The services offered at this area include sauna, steam bath, massage, swimming, gym, camping, outside catering, bar and restaurant as well as parties, seminars and conferences.

Romeo’s Restaurant
Romeo Restaurant is situated at the center of Ntinda and offers several cuisines, pastries, fast food and well brewed coffee and many more.

Other restaurants include Antonio’s Grill, Bush Pig Backpacker Kololo, Café Ceylon-Kamwokya, Gatto Matto, Le Chateau in Nsambya, Nickys Pizza Restaurant in Entebbe and many more.

In conclusion, if you are looking for the best areas eat out from while in Kampala then the above listed restaurants are the best options that you take a choice and you won’t regret in life.

Friday, 6 April 2018


Searching for the most exceptional place to make stopover on your safari to western Uganda? Ever heard about the drum makers? If you are a cultural enthusiast, visiting the Mpambire village should be a must while you are on safari in Uganda. This village is popular for its drum makers and it is worth exploring while on your Uganda cultural safaris. Mpambire Village lies just outside Kampala on Masaka-Mbarara road and it is undeniably the perfect stopover for travelers on wildlife and primate safaris to Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park respectively. The area offers visitors with amazing opportunity to explore in depth ways in which the locals make drums. You will spot out most of the drum makers’ shops as they sell hand made drums of varied shapes and sizes. A drum in Uganda’s cultures is one of the most important instruments a fact that it plays a significant role in various cultural rituals and celebrations.
Mpambire village consists of more than 1000 local residents whose life depend on drum making and crop cultivation for their sustenance as you will spot out while on Uganda safari. Traditionally, Mpambire used to make the royal drums for Buganda kingdom however; things have changed today and given the increase in opportunities from safaris in Uganda, the local craft men had to diversify their market to meet the needs of the travelers on Uganda tours and safaris. The aspect of drum making involves high degree of dexterity and keen attention to what raw materials to be used. It is because of this that local craftsmanship skills are always attractive to everyone who undertakes a tour to this area. It is strategically located along the main route to Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and for visitors on mountain gorilla adventures in Uganda this should be your stopover point as well as those who are heading to Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing experiences.

In conclusion, if you are looking for the best places to make a stopover while on mountain gorilla and wildlife safari to western Uganda, the Mpambire village should be a must to include in your bucket list. This village is famous for its drum makers and a visit to it rewards cultural enthusiasts with lifetime experiences.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


Are you aware that Egypt isn’t the only destination with pyramids? Ever heard about the Ibanda Pyramid Galts? If you are interested in exploring historical and cultural heritage sites while on your vacation in Uganda then Ibanda Pyramid Galt should be a must for you to include in your bucket list. Like most of the pyramids in Egypt were constructed with the blood and sweat of the Jewish slaves, the Ibanda Pyramid Galt/the Galt stones on the other hand feature products of the harsh treatment that the former colonial government inflicted on the locals at Ibanda after killing Harry St George Galt on 19th May 1905-the former tax collector and the sub commissioner for western Uganda province at a time. While most of Egypt’s pyramids are famous to the world, the Ibanda Pyramids aren’t that popular and yet they are also worth exploring. These forgotten pyramids are situated in western Uganda and they were built using slave labor in memory of the brutal governance at a time. There is a pile of stones in form of a pyramid just in Ibanda district and it is worth visiting while on safari to western Uganda. This historical treasure is about 113 years old and it famously known as the pyramid of Galt. The site is however; very bushy that it has even offered refuge to most of the snakes. There was first attempt to upgrade these historical treasures into tourism spot by Ankole kingdom around the 1950's but unfortunately the move didn’t succeed till the kingdoms were removed in 1966. As well, at the time when the districts succeeded over the administrative units, Mbarara district local government tried to develop the area but didn’t achieve its dream till it lost jurisdiction to the newly created Ibanda district.

Harry George Galt served both as a British colonial officer and the sub commissioner of the western province of Uganda. He was born on January 28th 1872 in Emsworth in Hampshire in Great Britain. He became a tax collector in Ankole Sub region up on reaching Uganda. He was then appointed the sub commissioner for the western Uganda province and he is known for his cruelty to the locals while in the office at a time. On 19th May 1905 being a newly appointed province officer, George Galt then forced the locals to carry him on their heads from Fort Portal to Ibanda. 
At a point when the locals became tired, they asked him to given them time to rest but he refused and ordered them to walk till they arrived at Ibanda. They danced to Galts tunes until they reached Katooma about three kilometers off Ibanda town just after the Kagongo Catholic Church where he made a stop to have a rest at a government house. As the local people rehashed his cruelty, Rutaraka who was also one of the natives became irritated by Galt’s actions and then picked a spear, headed to Galt where he was relaxing in the government house compound and then speared him in the chest and after a short while he was dead. Investigations were conducted by the colonial government and they believed that his death was politically geared and 2 (two) Ankole chiefs were sentenced a death penalty but it was cancelled afterward on an appeal by the British East African Court. Rutaraka was found when he was dead after committing suicide due to fear of what would have followed. Galt’s body was then taken for a burial and colonial government punished the locals making them to pile stones to cover the blood of Galt. Stones were piled in form of pyramid with a length of five meters and the height of about three meters and they exist up to date. There is also a street named after Galt in Mbarara and begins on Stanley road on Boma hill just opposite the public library.
In conclusion, like any pyramids, the Ibanda Pyramid Galts also feature a bit of negative history but the area is worth visiting as you explore more what took place at the time of British colonial government in Uganda.

Monday, 19 March 2018


Planning to hit on Kabaka’s trail while on cultural safari in Uganda but you are not sure of which sites to visit? If yes, then Buganda Kingdom has got all that you need to make your dream come true in Africa. Uganda cultural safaris go beyond the thrilling traditional and cultural music and dance performances as visitors also have opportunity to explore most of the country’s significant heritage sites of which Nnamasole Baagalayaze royal tomb heritage site is one of a kind cultural spot that shouldn’t miss out in your bucket list. This cultural heritage site offers visitors on cultural tour in Uganda to explore more about Buganda’s ancient kingship, history and the people of Buganda as well as the impact that was left behind by Nnamasole Baagalayaze the Queen Mother of Buganda Kingdom.

Buganda Kingdom is exceptionally one of the most endowed kingdoms when it comes to the most exciting and thrilling cultural experiences of lifetime. The Nnamasole Baagalayaze tomb site is situated in Mpererwe, Busiro county-Buganda Kingdom. This cultural heritage site is where Nnamasole Baagalayaze the mother of King Mwanga the second was buried. King Mwanga passed on around 1903 while in exile in the Seychelles Islands but his remains were brought back to Uganda around 1910 and he was buried in the Kasubi Royal Tombs. Nnamasole Baagalayaze was kind hearted but unfortunately, she also passed on around 1916. She is remembered for her generous heart which makes her one of the most loved women by the local community in Buganda Kingdom. She also gave land to the catholic and protestant church, mosques, brick making enterprise, hospital and 2 schools. This totally opposed the life his son live where he ordered the execution of Uganda Martyrs. The Baagalayaze heritage site is best described as an area of hope, celebration and exploration.

The Baagalayaze Nnamasole heritage site also features most of the important cultural sites in commemoration of great people, the endowed history and the heritage of Buganda Kingdom. Interestingly, visitors also get thrilled with the exceptional cultural dances and music, drama performances as well as catch a glimpse at various arts and crafts or buy some of them for remembrance, listen to different tales that are told about Buganda Kingdom and the previous kings.

Getting to Baagalayaze Nnamasole royal tomb site
Nnamasole Baagalayaze heritage site is located about 15 kilometers, approximately half an hour drive off Kampala city center on Kampala-Gayaza route to Mpererwe trading center-Busiro County. At Mpererwe, you will take left hand on tarmac route just opposite Muvule tree which takes you up to the royal tombs around one kilometer.

In conclusion, the Nnamasole Baagalayaze heritage site is remarkably one of Uganda’s most significant cultural sites that have not been fully explored and visitors on cultural safari are rewarded with the most authentic experiences of lifetime. Undertaking a trip to this cultural treasure offers visitors a chance to explore more about where the Queen mothers of Buganda were buried. The area is one of the most valuable historic and cultural sites that are worth exploring while you are on safari in Uganda.

Friday, 9 March 2018


Best described as a medley of wonders, Queen Elizabeth National Park features as the second largest savanna grassland protected area after Murchison Falls National Park offering refuge to countless wildlife species, Lakes and Mountains. The 1978 square kilometers conservation area isn’t only famous for wildlife experiences but also for its cultural encounters that make Uganda safaris complete. Queen Elizabeth National Park features as a World bio sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site and at times it is described as the pearl of Africa. This protected area is located along the Equator, western Uganda just at the base of the mighty Rift Valley between Lake George and Lake Edward and it is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the western part. The park is popular for its four of the big five game in Africa (Lions plus the rare tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards) and many other wildlife species and over 620 distinct bird species. Besides unique wildlife experiences, Queen Elizabeth National Park also features the most thrilling cultural encounters from the adjacent communities and they are worth including in your travel plan. For cultural enthusiasts on Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, consider the following cultural communities a must to include in your travel itinerary;

Leopard village
The Leopard village is a socio-economic development project and it is run by the community with aim of boosting both cultural and wildlife conservation through ecotourism. The project is situated next to Muhokya village and it straddles within a 3 acre land at the border to the northern area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A visit to this village allows you to explore the unique traditional huts of the Banyabindi, Basongora and Bakonzo ethnic groups, be entertained by the most thrilling traditional songs and dance performances and also purchase some handicrafts that are made by adjacent local communities. For longer exploration, you will be able to interact with community members on challenges and opportunities they are encounter as one of the adjacent communities at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Besides, you will also pay a visit to local schools and discussions on traditional village life styles and solutions for human-wildlife conflict. The Leopard Village partners with the rest of the local communities in Muhokya, Kahendero and Hamukungu and the Uganda Carnivore program as well as the support of the zoos from the United States and Germany. All the fees and donations are directly transferred for community development, conservation and education programs and to the individual artists. Your visit to Leopard Village is one way that you can support conservation of the wildlife in the area and sustainable development in the local communities.

Kikorongo Women Community
Locally, the word Kikorongo denotes too much sunshine though the heat of the African plains hasn’t reduced the energy of the Kikorongo Equator cultural performers. You will enjoy the sound performances that are conducted at the lodges adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park and you will certainly be thrilled by the lifestyles of the Kikorongo, the dances, music performances, drama and fire making. You will also be amazed by the interpretations of most of the significance performances as you relax and watch the real rural life. You can visit Kikorongo’s African Art Craft Workshops to learn more on how to make baskets and bowls with natural fibers. The community members at this workshop will also demonstrate to you how to recycle magazines into colorful paper beads that can be turned into beautiful necklaces.  You can even buy some of the locally made basket, bowls and many other items.

Nyanzibiri cave community
A visit to Nyanzibiri Cave Community allows you to stretch the legs a little bit after your exciting wildlife viewing experiences and scenic walks in and around the Uganda’s paradise at this community site. There are 2 conjoined crater Lakes for you to hike around, village walks, catch the most spectacular panoramic views of the Volcanic Crater Lakes and the sounds of the crested cranes and eagles or paddle the canoe, hike to the transparent Lake, sight the 8 (eight) primates species. There are also other local tourist attractions for you to explore some of which include historic caves and cultural museum, a well preserved Bunyaruguru hut that features valued local artifacts which were previously used for daily operation. The community also operates some lodging facilities as well as a restaurant and bar.

Katwe tourism information center (KATIC)
Lake Katwe features among the rarest Lakes in Uganda and it is very salty to accommodate wildlife species but it has accommodates the Katwe villagers ever since 16th century. A visit to this Lake offers you opportunity to explore more about the salt mining process in this community as away of generating income. Along the way, you will catch a glimpse at the different bird species at bird sanctuary Lake which include the flamingos that flock into the area around October and May. You will be welcomed to traditional homestead and have cooking demonstrations for the areas’ cuisines as well as visiting the nearby schools.

Agro tour walk
You will embark on a 2 to 3 hours’ trail that starts from the rural Katara village with hike via the farms of Kicwamba escarpments in the morning or evening. You will also catch a glimpse at the birds, exotic and medicinal plants and sites of cultural significance. Experienced tour guides will take you through this exploration and you can even tryout honey harvesting in the community.

In conclusion, Queen Elizabeth National Park isn’t only for wildlife viewing but a perfect destination for you to encounter incredible African cultural experiences of lifetime.

Friday, 2 March 2018


Are you a cultural enthusiast and you are planning your next safari to Murchison Falls National Park? Are you interested in community tourism? Have you heard about Boomu Women’s Group? A trip to Murchison Falls National Park isn’t only about exploring its spectacular savanna grassland wilderness and wildlife species but the best safari destination for you to blow your mind with authentic cultural experiences of lifetime. If you are interested in experiencing a true African setting then count visiting Boomu group a must for you while you are on Uganda safari. This park is situated northwestern Uganda and covers an area of about 3893 square kilometers making it Uganda’s biggest safari destinations. The Boomu cultural experience is truly African village in Uganda that is offered by the Boomu Women’s Group around the magnificent Murchison Falls National Park and Budongo Forest Reserve just at proximity to Kichumbanyobo gate. This cultural group offers visitors on wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park a chance to explore African life. The group isn’t only for women but also includes some men that belong to this cultural group at Kigaragara village-Murchison Falls National Park and Budongo Forest Reserve.

If you are a cultural enthusiast, it is at Boomu Women’s Group that you can experience and have the feeling of African village setting. Today, the group has about 40 members. To enhance your experience more, you can even spend a night at the traditional bandas or spare a day in the village with the Boomu Women’s’ Group to help you explore the way these people are able to survive in their rural areas. Boomu Women’s Group was initiated around 1999 with the aim of minimizing the level of malnutrition and poverty, help children go to school using the incomes got by the members. Around the 90’s the subsistence farmers in villages of Kigaragara and Kihaguzi were left with something small to acquire from the group given that the land was dry and little to sell. It is from this that they initiated craft making which later improved and today, it has turned to be a tourism community project with incredible village guided visits, restaurant, gardens and traditionally set accommodation facilities. The word Boomu denotes ‘togetherness’ and once you pay a visit to this area, you certainly won’t miss to see these people work together. The group began as a women’s group and today, it comprises some men. The community offers visitors with that authentic cultural experience that comes once in a lifetime. 

Today, this cultural group is visited by most visitors from Europe and other nations who come and have a hand in traditional activities like craft making, home stays, locally prepared food, the way herbal medicine is made, cultivation as well as cultural performances especially music and dances. If you are looking for areas that still offer culturally authentic African experience then Boomu Women’s Group is the best area for you. 
The food is freshly harvested and locally prepared and you enjoy it using your hands not forks or spoons. In case you are interested in western food, you can still grab a dish as it can be prepared for you and if you are a vegetarian, no need to worry, your needs are also covered here.
The accommodation facilities are traditionally built and there are African bandas for you to spend a night with good ambiance which comes with flowers, trees, shrubs and sounds of birdlife. There is also a campfire where you can sit around with elders to listen tales as they tell them to you about African customs and history.
In conclusion, a cultural visit to Kigaragara village also famous as Boomu offers you that authentic African experience of a lifetime though the village walk via the village isn’t all that touristic. If you are planning your next safari to Murchison Falls National Park to see 4 of the big five game never miss to visit this Boomu Women’s Group to have first hand cultural experience. This area is perfect for community tourism.

Friday, 23 February 2018


Each tribal group in Uganda features a unique historical and cultural background and so are the Batooro! The Batooro people reside in the districts of Kabarole, Kasese and Kyejonjo and they belong to Toro Kingdom, led by the Babiito dynasty whose origins date 14th century. Unlike before, today the Batooro community has been invaded by most migrants from various places especially from western part of Uganda and Bakiga have kept on migrating to this area. The eastern side features mainly Banyoro while the north inhabited by the Bamba and Bakonjo, the southeast and west thrive the Banyakole and to the east are Baganda. The Batooro are Bantu speaking people and they mainly speak Rutooro.

However, like most tribal groups, different legends have different history which is a case with the Batooro too. One legend puts it that the Batooro are Toro natives and that they came from the Batembuzi and the Bagabu who are believed to have been the ancient occupants and leaders on planet. Other traditions believe that the Batooro being of the Bantu origin came from the Congo area where the other Bantu groups are believed to have also existed from.

The Batooro society was classified into the Bahuma and the Bairu. The relationship between these two was however more of a caste than class differentiation. The Bahuma were mainly pastoralists and the Bairu on other hand were farmers. Based on economic and social life, a symbolic linkage between the two existed as they transacted together and it was from this that the Bairu had access to cattle products (milk, meat, hides and others) while the Bahuma had access to beer and other agricultural products from the Bairu.

Culturally, marriage plays a great role to Batooro man as he can’t be referred as absolute person in the society not until he gets married. Previously, parents were the ones to plan for a boy’s and girl’s marriage with/without them knowing. At the time of planning, the consent of the girl had to be sought and it was the work of the middle man to do so for the boy and his work was largely noticed socially and rewarded. That person was referred as Kibonabuko. His duty was to investigate more on the girl’s behaviors, her family background and ability to perform family duties. After background check, the Kibonabuko was free to continue with his duties in ensuring that the girl is secure from her parents on the side of the boy’s family.

His work was to wake up one morning and visit the girl’s family and declare his intentions to marry their daughter. He could make the statements like ‘Sir, I came to you such that you could build a house for me. I would like you to be part of my clan; I have come to ask for a wife, the builder of the house.’ And the usual response on the girl’s side could be ‘I don’t have any child.’ The Kibonabuko could then insist that the child was available and up on being questioned about the exact the person he was interested in, he could name the girl there and the. In case the father allowed, the Kibonabuko could thankfully kneel down as way of respect and appreciation. The following step could be for the boy’s family to take beer to the girl’s parents for the bride wealth to be fixed. The bride wealth usually came in form of cows, and this was different from that of the Bahuma and the Bairu where the Bahuma range from 6 to 20 cows and the Bairu the maximum was 8 (eight) cows. The payments also included goats and hoes. The entire or part of the bride wealth when it is due could be got at the party called Okujuka. This was a significant ceremony that mainly comprised of eating, drinking and merry making. After the boy’s family would send bark cloth and some skins for the bride’s dress and the other formalities could be completed at the wedding.

The wedding day was another huge party for people to celebrate. The bride could be picked at 6:00 or 7:00pm and prior leaving, a ritual could be performed where she will sit on her parents’ laps. This was called asokubukara. After, she could be taken to the bridegroom’s home and up on arriving, she could perform a ritual of being carried on her parent’s in law laps. It was at this point that she could be sprinkled with some herbal water as way to welcome and bless her. Prior the feasting is started; the bridegroom could go to bed with the bride to perform yet another ritual called Okucwa amagita. The visitors could then offer coffee berries, smoking pipes, beer and after food. In case the girl was got when she is still a virgin during the Okucwa amagita, a gift of a cow or a goat could be sent to her mother as way of congratulating her up on raising her daughter properly. On the 3rd day, the bride’s friends and relatives could offer her gifts from home. They could come to see where she had been taken. The bride could spend some days in confinement and at the end of it all; another elaborate party could be conducted to get out the girl and introduce her to the art of cooking and house keeping. In case of divorce, bride wealth could be refunded and part of it could be kept in case she had children with the man.

A side from their family names, every Mutoro has a pet name known as Empaako and it is a must for that name to be mentioned away of greeting. And if the relatives are greeting, the younger has to sit on the lap of an elder while for the royal clans, the younger could touch the forehead and chin of an elder prior announcing their Empaako.

Economically, the Bairu largely depended on crop cultivation and the major crops grown included sorghum, bananas, sweet potatoes, peas, vegetables, millet and others. The Bahuma mainly reared cattle for milk, meat and hides. They supplemented their activities with blacksmithing where spears, axes, knives, arrowheads, hoes were made. They also had potters who produced household utensils like water, beer and sauce pots. Women had skills on weaving and produced an assortment of basketry like plat baskets, bags, harvesting baskets, winnowing trays and many other baskets for household chores. The men on other hand built houses, cleared bushes and hunted wild animals and hunting and house building activities were communally done. The Batooro constructed circular huts with grass thatched roofs.

Politically, kingship was hereditary and the king had to originate from the Babitiito dynasty the ruling clan in Bunyoro. He was helped by a hierarchy of chiefs and an army and during war times, all able bodied men had to be called to fight for the kingdom. The chiefly regalia comprised of drums, wooden spoons, chairs, crowns, beads, axes, knives and spears. Mwenge County had a school of political education when Toro belonged to Bunyoro. The son of the kings went to Mwenge to explore the art of government and special tutors were available for the king’s daughters and sons. By the time it split off from Bunyoro, Toro still kept this practice.

The Batooro also practiced exchange of blood as way to strengthen their relationship while in ceremonies known as Omukago. This comprised of coffee berries, knife, a new bark cloth, 2 branches of fig trees and grass known as ejubwa. Towards the end of the party, one person could volunteer to cut his or her skin under the navel, scoops his blood with coffee bean and offers it to his friend to eat and a friend also does the same. The 2 blood brothers had to take oath to behave as true brothers.

Based on religion, the Batooro had a concept of a supreme being Ruhanga who was believed to be the creator of all things.

In conclusion, the Batooro like any tribal group has a different and interesting cultural and traditional believes and a story that is worth exploring while you are on Uganda cultural safari. If you are planning for your next vacation to Kibale Forest National Park then never miss to include a cultural experience in Batooro community that will supplement your primate adventures at the park.