Community Walks in Kibale National Park

24

Feb
2019

Community Walks in Kibale National Park

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During this village walk in a community adjacent to Kibale National Park, you will see how life unfolds in a typical Ugandan village. You will mix and mingle with locals as you discover their rich cultural heritage. Brace yourself for an overdose of fun as you witness and groove to traditional dances that date back to the 18th century.

This Western part of Uganda has its’ special foods that which, furthermore, makes this tour a must; especially if you love treating your palate right. This is the hub of ghee and butter. Commonly known as the land of milk and honey, you will get foods made out of milk here. One such is Eshaabwe, a ghee sauce made by old women in a room—where they have to keep quiet. See, it is the believed that talking makes the delicacy which is served in clay pots turn out uninviting. On the other hand, the accompaniments such as Oburo(millet bread), mashed matooke, cassava, g-nuts, are served in hand woven basket plates.

There will be lots of organically grown fruits to tickle your taste buds; bananas, pineapples, sugarcane, wild berries, passion fruits.

The tour will end with a visitation of a community owned bee project at the boundaries of Kibale National Park and five communities surrounding the park namely Kabugerire, Busabura, Kahondo, Kivima and Kyabakwerere. It features 500 beehives lined at elephant crossing points along the park boundary. It was established in August 2013 to end of 2015 to stop forest elephants from escaping out of the park to ravage foods of local. This setback that was laying a foundation for inter human-wildlife conflicts and thus endangering lives of animals.

Preliminary findings indicate that while there were 44 incidences observed in 2012 and 12 in 2013. There were only three incidences last year.

Even better, the project hasn’t only been beneficial to the communities. It has deterred instances in which the community’s domestic animals would encroach into the park for grazing. This has played a pivotal role in tackling the spread of communicable diseases from animals to humans and vice versa.By the same token, the kids who once used to protect the gardens are now able to attend school uninterrupted.

The project which cost roughly $3,000 was funded by well-wishers of the park especially organizations at the forefront of conservation like Cleveland Metroparks, Sacramento zoo and National Geographic. It has 281 beneficiaries.