Boomu Cultural Village Experience
The Boomu Cultural Village is a community of natives in the western region of Uganda in Kigaragara village at the edge of Murchison Falls National Park. The community is built on unity or working together for a common good; an ideology that was derived from the local word “Boomu” which can be translated to mean “togetherness”.
This community of togetherness is spearheaded by a group of women; the Boomu women’s group, which was formed in 1999 with the intent of combating low standards of living that had become the pattern and way of life of the people. The village was riddled with malnutrition, poverty and illiteracy that were greatly hindering quality of life in Kigaragara and Kihaguzi.
In addition, the land that had aided in cultivation had been lost to establishment of the Park’s boundaries and the rest of it had become dry thus yielding no crop. Seeing a need for change, a group of women came together to cultivate an era of business starting with making and selling handcrafts. They recruited as many women as they could; teaching them the ways of the trade.
The incomes generated were meant to provide food for their families, keep the children in school and improve on the livelihoods of their communities. With time, other activities were incorporated into the business; such as cultivation, herbal medicine making and offering cultural experiences to tourists on Uganda safari Murchison Falls National Park.
Presently, the Boomu cultural village offers full blown cultural experiences at Murchison Falls on a budget safari. With the help of a tour guide, you can waltz around the village meeting the local farmers at work in their banana plantations. You can even watch them harvest, prepare, make and even package local brew out of the bananas.
After the banana plantations, the medicine man will be right around the corner. This local herbalist knows his way around many local ailments using wild roots, leaves and bark. Enjoy some local cuisines after helping to prepare them and purchase some souvenirs from the craft shop. The final activity will be enjoying some folk stories, music and traditional dance.