Northern Uganda is dominated by the Langi and Acholi tribes, but also contains several other tribes including the Madi, Kakwa, Alur and Lugbara organised around chiefdoms. Over two decades of conflict, war and instability has without doubt had a profound impact of the cultural and social fabric of this region.
But, the resilience of and recovery for the tribes of Northern Uganda is in a large part because of their strong traditional rituals and beliefs around atonement, purification and reconciliation that have helped with getting the region back on track after the end of the war. Their endearing culture of acceptance and forgiveness is central to restoring and maintaining social harmony, and is the reason why Northern Uganda is now a safe place to visit to enjoy the dramatic landscapes and rich cultures.
Visitors to this region will particularly enjoy the medley of traditional dances, particularly those of the Acholi – it is said the Acholi are born dancing, they live their lives dancing and they die dancing.