Western Uganda is a rich medley of bantu-speaking tribes, each with their own language culture and traditions including the Banyoro, Batooro, Banyankole, Batwa, Bafumbira, Bakiga and Bakonjo. Two pre-colonial kingdoms, Bunyoro and Toro are still very much alive with reigning kings, and well-preserved cultural traditions, sites, ceremonies and rituals.
The Batwa, easily one of Uganda’s most popular peoples can be found in a few places in the region. Western Uganda is well recognised for their strong cultural link with their long-horned cattle that can be seen grazing throughout the countryside.
Western Uganda is Uganda’s biggest region and is without doubt the most dramatic and scenic of all, featuring – the Albertine Rift Valley, Lakes George, Edward, Albert, Mutanda and Bunyonyi among the better known ones, a multitude of picturesque crater lakes, the spectacular snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, the Virunga ranges at Uganda’s southern most tip and several dense rainforests including Semuliki, Kibale and Bwindi Impenetrable.
Not surprisingly, the region abounds with a unique diversity of both plants and animals that can be spotted inside 7 national parks and several game reserves, including the popular chimpanzees of Kibale and the mountain gorillas of Bwindi and Mgahinga.
For the visitor, there is no shortage of fascinating cultural displays and sites that can easily be taken in while visiting any of the 7 wildlife parks in the region.