Igongo Cultural Centre
The Igongo Cultural Centre is located a few miles north of Mbarara on the Masaka to Mbarara road. Opened at Christmas 2011 by Ugandan President Museveni, the centre promotes the cultural heritage of south-west Uganda which is encompassed in the centre's motto "Wisdom is rooted in the Past". Within the centre, visitors can find the Eriijukiro museum ~ a tour of which takes around half an hour; Eitaramiro cultural village showing the evolution of typical Nyankore and Kigezi households; twenty two bed accommodation; restaurant (where you can try locally sourced traditional dishes of millet bread, matooke and ghee, along with a local drink made from millet or sorghum), the Nkwanzi craft and book shop and the Mbuuro gardens which feature historical sculptures of animals and people.
Visitors can explore how their grandparents lived with a collection of historical artifacts brought to life with clay models and featured presentations. The cultural village showcases a traditional homestead complete with real milk gourds, calabashes, hides and skins and a, fireplace together with grinding stones, millet, flour and farming tools. The Igongo Cultural Centre also features information about the ancient tribes and clans of Uganda.
Well worth a visit!
Phone: +256 (0) 39-2-722828 or +256 (0) 39-2-722829.