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“understanding the "roots"” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Igongo Cultural Centre

Igongo Cultural Centre
16 Km Mbarara-Masaka Road, Mbarara, Uganda
256 (0) 3927228
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Ranked #2 of 2 attractions in Mbarara
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Kampala, Uganda
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3 attraction reviews
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“understanding the "roots"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Getting to understand where the regional people's culture comes from and the changes and importance of beliefs

Visited September 2013
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Mbarara, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

It was such an interesting experience and an opportunity to learn about the culture of people in south western Uganda.

This is what one should expect when you visit Igongo Cultural Centre Museum and come to learn about traditional leadership in Ankole kingdom, the skills employed by the people to cater for the their needs, the mode of worshiping, and all the history of the region as far back as 1420.

So in case your are heading west, make it a point and stop at Igongo cultural centre and see that culture is really dynamic.

Visited November 2012
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Chard, United Kingdom
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“Ideal for quiet relaxation.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Nothing I disliked.
Stopped her for an excellent buffet lunch and relaxation before continuing my journey.
The grounds are pleasant, and there is a museum here which, unfortunately, I did not have time to visit.
Well worth a stop.

Visited April 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Eriijukiro - the wonderful Cultural Centre at Igongo, Mbarara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

For travellers to the south west of Uganda, this is a MUST! Beautifully situated about 8 miles east of Mbarara, it provides good quality local food and drink, friendly service, and the opportunity to explore the history and culture of the region - Ankole. Bring your camera to snap the outside and inside of two types of traditional Ankole home, surprisingly spacious and cosy inside. The displays inside the Centre are well set out, interesting, and let you know much about the history of this beautiful part of Uganda before and during the arrival of 'Wazungu', Europeans. The bookshop is an outlet for Uganda's indigenous Fountain Publishers, and complements the Centre with a wide literature on things Ugandan by Ugandans. I recommend 'How to be a Ugandan' by J Buwembo. The Centre is a glimpse of a confident and creative country getting well into gear. 'Mugume na'maani' as they say round here. What does it mean? Just ask.

Visited July 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“A very pleasant stop outside Mbarara!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Located just a few miles outside Mbarara and halfway to Lake Mbuuro National Park, the Igongo Cultural Centre offers to its visitors a handful of possibilities.

Set in the grounds of what was once a palace of a legendary King in the 17th Century, the Centre comprises the Eriijukiro Museum, the Eitaramiro Cultural Village, the Kaahwa Kanzire Restaurant and the Nkwanzi Shop.

The Eriijukiro Museum is the main attraction of the Centre and, for an 20,000 UGX entry fee you can have a glimpse of the region's history.

The Eitaramiro Cultural Village showcases traditional huts of Southwestern Uganda.

The Kaahwa Kanzire Restaurant is for sure, the best restaurant in Mbarara and its vicinity. Not only the food quality and variety is good, but the quality of the service really makes a difference in comparison with other restaurants in Mbarara. If you are planning to eat in Mbarara, you should consider this restaurant as your best option, although it is a few miles outside the city centre.

The Nkwanzi Shop offers a limited variety of crafts and books, and you won't find bargains, but the crafts have good quality and the books are all about the region or Uganda.

In conclusion, a very pleasant place just outside Mbarara, to have a meal or to spend a relaxed afternoon anytime.

Visited April 2012
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