The Bagisu hold a public circumcision ceremony, the Imbalu, every two years for boys aged 16 – 26.
The Bagisu people inhabit most of the picturesque Bugisu sub-region of Eastern Uganda where enormous caves, fabulous waterfalls, and extinct volcanic mountain ranges including the towering Mount Elgon, dominate the landscape. The Bagishu who are also go by the Bamasaba, refer to Mt. Elgon as Masaba, as it is believed that their founding father Masaba emerged from one of the caves on the mountain slopes. Bugisu contains some of the most fertile soils in Uganda, and is the centre of Uganda’s Arabica coffee industry, but the people are better known for their cultural ceremonies in which boys are initiated into manhood.
What You Need To Know
Location And Getting There
The Bugisu region consist 5 districts; Bududa, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Sironko and Mbale with main headquarters being in Mbale, which is about 300kms from Kampala, a 4hours drive. The nearest National Park to the Bugisu region is Mount Elgon National Park.
Climate And When To Visit
The Eastern region experiences temperate, tropical climate with temperatures averaging 23°C. The warmest month on average is January and the coolest, June.