Entanda Eco-Cultural Adventure near Kampala City

1 day

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An authentic eco-cultural experience offered entirely the local community. Product gives you a perfect opportunity to meet, exchange and learn about rural Ugandans in a non-staged environment. You also get to plant a tree as this initiative is out to conserve the environment, revive waning culture and support community livelihood improvement. The initiative is only one hour away from Kampala City in a typical rural setting.

 

Tour Programme

 

9:00 AM: Arrival at Entanda, Mityana

Coming through the beautiful sceneries covered in green natural vegetation with expansive tea plantations, you will be welcomed to Kijjudde village, Mityana, home of Entanda. You will be welcomed with a traditional Kiganda dance, entirely played by the local people with 100% local instruments. Please, you are welcome to join the dance and playing of the instruments – in any case, the sound of the music is irresistible.

 

Local dance and fresh fruits buffet

While the cultural performance continues, you will be served with lots of fresh fruits ranging from organic sweet bananas (ndiizi), fresh jackfruit, sugar canes, guavas, mangoes, water melons, “ekitafeeri”, and local pineapples to passion fruits among others. We shall also serve you with 100% pure honey still in its combs, harvested just a few hours before your arrival.

Starting March 2019, we shall be conducting garden tours where you can go with us to the apiary and learn firsthand how we rare bees and harvest different products including honey, bee venom, propolis, pollen, and bee wax among others - and how we process all of these products. We shall harvest these products together. We shall also have special tours to member gardens - passion fruits, mangoes, pawpaw, pineapples, oranges, banana plantations, and local chicken farms. You will be able to enjoy these fruits in the gardens.

 

Official introduction

After relaxing your muscles, you will meet the Entanda members to tell you about the initiative, achievements and where it is going. This will take a few minutes to let you know how your visit impacts our community.

 

Sekitulege - the 'sex'  musical instrument!

You will listen to the sound of one of Uganda’s forgotten musical instruments, Sekitulege. It’s played by only adults and is useful in teaching visitors about sex! You’ll have a chance to play it.

 

Traditional food preparation – visitors doing it with the hosts

At Entanda, we love to cook. We shall teach you how we prepare our special meals in a cultural way. We shall prepare luwombo, a special type of meal prepared only in the Buganda Kingdom. Each of the luwombo is prepared with fresh vegetables with the accompaniment of matoke, yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, kyetutumula (ancient Buganda wartime food), and Irish potatoes. All the food will be harvested fresh from the local gardens. You will be taken through different ways of preparing different types of Luwombo. We shall peel the food together, wrap it together and light the fire together.

 

The traditional hunting expedition

We shall do a short hunting expedition (about 3 hours). We shall sit deep in the Kibibi tropical rainforest or high up on a hill (near a tree that swallowed a human being attempting to cut it) for a lecture on traditional hunting – the wisdom and experiences of the hunters are thrilling to listen to.  Be prepared to listen to serious scientific knowledge coming from people who have not been to school – but sharing knowledge passed down from generations. The expedition takes you through local homesteads, wetlands, forests, tea plantations, and steep hills – everything is authentic and non-staged. The beauty of this activity is that the lucky animal will be identified (and caught unhurt) but not killed – it will be released back to the wild, thanks to your visit. This is our way of stopping wildlife destruction - and this is the only one such model in Africa.

 

Visiting “the Bush”, both Men and Women

After ensuring that the food is on fire, the ladies will be guided by the Ssenga (auntie) to the “bush” to learn about bedroom matters (apparently women do not hunt – unless they get special permission from chairman). The senior ssenga will share her secret for happily staying in a marriage for 50 years and still counting. She will teach you how to look after a husband, how to play sex the traditional way, how to use certain local herbs to treat the sick, and how to manage a home in a typical kiganda tradition. Bed matters will be thoroughly discussed and any questions will be answered. Even necessary herbs will be provided for the ladies in need.

 

The Kojja (uncles) will also find their spot, where they will rest and talk about marriage issues with the fellow men. This discussion has always been extremely exciting as Kojjas share a combined experience of over 140 years! The talk is about roles of men in homes, and techniques traditionally used to excite ladies in bed! Please note that no recording is allowed during these sessions. Only your ears!

 

Sumptuous local cuisine (luwombo) served in a traditional Kiganda way

You will be served with luwombo, the same way it was served to kings and queens centuries ago. Moreover, this is food you will have participated in preparing. It is 100% fresh food. You will enjoy the vegetables commonly enjoyed in this village. You will sit on mats, and you will use your hands to eat. All the visitors will sit around a central serving area to have the meal in a typical traditional way as the head of the family will be the only one to sit on a stool. There are no forks or spoons in this village.

 

Bark cloth making – the ancient textile industry in Uganda

If you like, you will sit down with the bark cloth maker to teach you everything about bark cloth making in Buganda. Bark cloth is a type of cloth that the Baganda wore before the modern day clothes.  You will learn the whole story of making it, its usage, and its role currently in the Baganda homesteads and traditions.

 

African Garden Tour, Tree Planting and Medicinal Wine

We shall a have a tour of a typical African garden. This is a live food store where you expect to see lots of food types, vegetables, cash crops (such as coffee), medicinal herbs, and everything that we grow and eat. The food and fruits you will eat on your visit will also have come from these gardens.

 

The garden tour will end when you plant a tree. The tree will either be an indigenous medicinal tree or a fruit tree and a member of the community will volunteer to look after it. This is part of environmental conservation and we believe that one tree planted will represent your contribution to a better planet earth.

 

If you taste the alcohol, you’ll be served with locally processed medicinal wine, a type that many visitors have testified to solving their health problems, and of course very tasty! We shall also show you how this wine is processed from herbs, tree barks and other organic ingredients. We shall share everything.

 

The soccer match: hosts vs the visitors ---and Goat roasting

The final activity will be a soccer match between the community and the visitors, with traditional wrestling as a curtain raiser. You will have a chance to wrestle with the oldest member of Entanda (73 years) – you win him, you get a special prize. But the match will be played if the visitors are enough to make a football team.

 

While the match is going on, goat roasting will be underway, and you’ll have the opportunity to roast your own meat! Both men and women can get on the pitch to play soccer! It’s fun for everyone.

 

Goodbye from Entanda

After the soccer match and goat roasting, we shall take a selfie with you, and say good bye to you!

 

Note: This is a whole days programme but can be tailored to a few hours.

Location

Campala, U-gan-đa