Rukoma cultural village is a homestead where one interacts and dines with the Banyankole family plus enjoying African hospitality, When at Rukoma you can meet the community members ,participate in homestead activities by living and sharing with them.
It’s here that the visitors may purchase local arts and crafts which directly benefit the community. Over 60% of crafts are supplied by local artists. All food is sourced and produced within the village which also helps to generate income for the community. Our visitors have the opportunity to fetch water themselves so that they can feel as culturally immersed as possible.
There is also a museum tour which takes around takes 30-40 minutes. In this tour you will be taken through the history of the Ankole kingdom and the kings of Ankole (Abagabe). It will also showcase information on the culture and traditions of the people of south western Uganda.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT RUKOMA
Rukoma cultural Village is known for the following:
At Rukoma one is presented with an opportunity to be taken through the banyankole culture and the way of living dating back time immemorial.
The profits and gains from the Rukoma cultural village tourism are directly reinvested in the community through training the community members the basic ways of life, sanitation and safe water projects coupled with giving back to the orphanage project.
Social Responsibility To The Community:
Rukoma supports the women empowerment principles asserting a cultural imperative to advance. We are dedicated to availing information to women about their reproductive rights,including the right to decide the number, timing and spacing of her children, and to make decisions regarding reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence together with the freedom to participate more fully and equally in society. With the little resource available, Rukoma strives to improve women’s status in community and the society at large. Therefore Rukoma cultural village is an accurate reflection of the society we would wish for our families.
We also strive to lift the status of adolescent girls who are to bear the future generation and mothers of tomorrow. A good population of them is disadvantaged in terms of education and health, Rukoma has faith beyond reasonable doubt that if girl empowerment is made a priority, these girls will have a great impact on the social and economic development of their communities.
Empowering The Young Leaders
Rukoma also puts in endless efforts to create empowered, independent decision making leaders for Uganda’s communities by helping young people make a difference in their life and those around them. A good number of school dropouts when asked the reason why they are out of school, they simply say they found it very hard to see the connection between school and life; this is where Rukoma comes in to help them bridge these two concepts.
The following activities are carried out at Rukoma cultural center:
A glance at the whole site immediately informs you that Rukoma cultural village, its founder and the whole team are directly promoting the understanding, appreciation and conservation of nature in-situ. Evidence to this is the variety of; plant and animal life present that include: trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses as well as appealing insects and bird species worth watching and studying too.
Birding At The Site
These beautiful bird species that are distributed right from the start off the main road to the cultural village seductively probe any conservers most especially the birders to implore for a look towards the variety of avian fauna present at the cultural site. During the birding activity, the following avian species will be identified by at the site:
Small grey warblers, paradise flycatcher, common drong with a forked tail, grey backed fiscal, purple starlings, grey parrot and brown parrot, yellow billed ducks, Hadada ibis, pied crow, African open billed stork, grey common eagle, long crested eagle, cattle egret, common bulbul, black headed and yellow backed weaver bird, sparrow hawk, kite, queal, grey crowned cranes, ring necked and red eyed doves, long tailed cormorant, crimson sunbird and many others.
The Rukoma Museum
The grass thatched houses and their hut shapes, the reed fences at the outskirts portray a great picture of a cultural site to all the viewers. Once inside, the royal regalia that you will see are a representation of the Ankole kingdom heritage worth preserving and restoring, for it’s said “doomed is ones future without history”.
The royal family tree, Ankole history, hunting and marriage equipment, domestic tools and utensils, bark cloths and royal family pictorials is not only interesting to look at but also educative.
You will also acknowledge the technical personnel’s at the site who were knowledgeable, well informed and equipped with the history of Ankole kingdom, values and all attached norms of the Ankole kingdom to all the regalia present at the site.
Mountaineering At The Site
Mountaineering is also another exciting, fun oriented, You will be able to identifying various semi-arid flora and fauna along the trek. At its top (the Hill) is a welcoming cool breeze of Rukoma cultural village, that is so convincing to climbers to opt for no return down the slope. In addition to the breeze is a clear and wonderful view of Mbarara University, Kaberebere town and the surrounding nearby communities to Rukoma cultural village. Layered to the hill’s terrain is thatching grass – Hyparrhenia hirta so smooth to be a source of grass worth usage for cultural thatching of houses and laying onto floors of houses for sitting on, other activities include.
- Volunteer programs
- Traditional dance
- Hill climbing
- Hiking trails
- Camping facilities
- Educational facilities
- Night time recreation
- Music and dance