Tuesday, October 29, 2013
KARAMOJA CULTURAL TOUR
Destination Jungle has brought you closer to the culture and budding wildlife of North Eastern Uganda and the Kidepo Valley National Park all in just 10 days
http://www.safaritoeastafrica.com/index.php/uganda-kidepo-7-days.html. This is an exclusive cultural tour and the first of its kind here in the tropics and Uganda in particular. It is an eco – Tousism / sustainability program boasting the livelihood of the communities of North Eastern Uganda.
Come and witness the exciting indigenous culture and lifestyle of North Eastern Uganda while traversing the Karamaja plateaux and the bizarre but breathtaking geography of the Bokora corridor where you embrace Pian Upe, the largest reserve in Northen Uganda. This reserve stretches upwards into the Matheniko Valley where the Dodoth and Jie communities are concentrated. In this corridor further north, a relatively small population of wildlife still thrives regardless of the prevailing climate change.
You will most likely spot a good number of wildlife that may include the dik-dik, Hyenas and buffaloes and few Ostriches as you continue up towards the famous Kidepo Valley National Park. On this cultural tour, visit the remaining nomadic of Karamoja whose lifestyle is alas changing slowly to residential agriculturalists.
Meet with the rather shy but strikingly hardworking inhabitants down of Mt Moroto- the "Tepez and Ik communities". As you shall find on this cultural tour, their lifestyle defines the typical culture of the Karamajong of Kidepo valley although the greater population stays in excluded parts and communities further north.
Also, get first hand knowledge of the lifestyle of the "Jie and Dodoth communities of the Matheniko valley", people whose cultural is relatively similar to that of the Tepez and Ik save for their striking bodily marks. As part of the their custom, entertainment for their visitors is largely pronounced. Most exciting in this community is their traditional dance also traditionally called "Edonja".
Pastarolism has since time immemorial been the jewel of the North, and so on this tour, we try to dig deep into the history of Pastoralism for the "Dodoth and Jie communities"and what love they attached to their livestock. You shall find with interest that the neighbouring community, the ”Ik and Tepez” prefers to supplement their livestock with sorghum and millet growing.