• THE BATWA
  • ACCOMMODATQION
  • TOORO KINGDOM
  • TRIBES IN UGANDA
  • IDI AMIN

THE BATWA PYGMIES
The Batwa are the most ancient inhabitants of the interlacustrine Africa and easily distinguished from other Ugandans by their unusually short stature where an adult male hardly ever exceeds 1.5m in height – paler, more bronzed in complexion. The Twa are semi nomadic in inclination, they live in permanent encampments of flimsy leaf huts set in a forest clearing, which they leave when food becomes scarce.

 

The Batwa wore only drape of animal hides or back cloth and have little desire to accumulate passions. The Batwa lifestyle is based around hunting, undertaken as a team effort by the male members of the community.

 

The Batwa live style is based around hunting undertaken as a team effort by the male members of the community. In some areas , the modus operandi involves  part of party stringing along a long net between a few trees, while the remainder advances noisily to herd small game into the net to be speared . in other forest floor looking for potential prey, which is shot from a distance, then they wait until the drops and if necessary deliver the final blow with a spear. Batwa men also gather wild honey, while the women gather edible plants to supplement the meat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The Batwa and their fruit gatherer ancestors have inhabited the forests of kigezi for half a million years. Their traditional lifestyle which places no rigorous demands on the forest could be cited as the model of that professed Holy Grail of modern conservationists. The Batwa and the gorillas have cohabited in the forest for many years

ACCOMMODATQION IN UGANDA

Tourism being one of the fastest growing industries in Uganda, which earns $500m (about sh820b) annually. Tourist arrivals are rising daily which has generated the need to develop support facilities for the tourism sector. Accommodation is one of the key tourism support facilities; and at times doubles as an additional attraction in the whole Ugandan tourism experience. From budget to midrange accommodation; up to the luxurious setting rated five star, four star and three star Uganda has it all! Travel with tomaz safaris is fun experience. We bring you the finest of our local accommodation that suit your budget. Accommodation in Uganda ranges from hotels, guest houses, high way motels, safari lodges, apartments, luxurious bandas, beach hotels, camping facilities, dormitories and most importantly you can experience a life of a Ugandan by living a Ugandan home during your stay in Uganda. Hotels in Uganda have a good coverage which is evidenced by fine star hotels in hotels ion all hour travel destinations.

 

Accommodation sites in Uganda are well distributed country wide with at least every category featuring in all tourism destinations. You can choose to experience Uganda’s wilderness in an African wooden luxurious setting and for those with a limited budget make a choice between a luxuriant campsite and basic accommodation. For visitors who intend to stay longer, you can always make your choice from the plentiful fully furnished Uganda apartments that are now available or try out the African home settings when you stay with them . Tomaz safaris provides you with free information about hotels in Uganda, Safari lodges located in various national parks in Uganda, Apartments and guest houses in Uganda.  With this be sure to experience magical Africa.

BOOKINGS AND RESERVATIONS:
Tomaz safaris carefully bring you a wide selection of accommodations in major in Uganda and in the tourism destinations located in Uganda and around. We make hotel reservations and bookings at no discount.  Book with us and it will be our pleasure to make your dream come true.

 

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HOTEL SERVICES: have taken this to a another level with courses like hotel management and catering, tourism, foods science and technology, leisure and hospitality and many related courses with awards ranging from degrees, diplomas and certificates producing quite a number of   well qualified personnel at all levels thus improving the level competence, quality and consistence to deliver unquestionable services and products to you. In addition to this, the  hotel owners of Uganda come together to share Ideas.

TOORO KINGDOM

TORO, the youngest of Uganda’s traditional kingdoms ruled aptly by the world’s youthful monarch. Toro started life as a southern principality with in Bunyoro kingdom from which it broke away to become an independent kingdom in the late 1820s under Prince Kabayo Olimi, the son of Bunyoro king Nyakamaturu.

 

Toro Kingdom was part of the large empire of Kitara, under the reign of the Bito dynasty, which dates back to the 16th century. Our oral History has it that Prince Olimi Kaboyo Kasunsunkwanzi, son of the king of Bunyoro Kingdom, annexed the southern province of his father's kingdom and declared himself king of this land, known as Toro. He was warmly received and accepted by the Batooro, who accepted him as Rukirabasaija Omukama Kaboyo Olimi I. The new kingdom survived the early, tumultuous years of its infancy, and grew to enjoy well over a century of goodwill, peace and prosperity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The death of kabayo 1860s sparked a long period of instability in Toro. Kabayo’s son and nominated successor Dahiga proved to be unpopular leader and was soon persuaded to abdicate in favor of his brother Nyaika, who was in turn over thrown with the assiatance of the Buganda army, by another brother called Kato Rukidi. Nyaika was exiled to present day DRC, where he built his army and later recaptured Toro killing Kato Rukidi and claimed the throne as his own.


The start of Nyaika’s second term on the Toro throne coincided with the rise of Bunyoro’s Kabalega who avowed to expand his diminished sphere o0f influence by reintegrating Toro   into the ancient kingdom. In 1876 Kabalega led an attack on Toro that left its king dead. The Bunyoro troops withdrew and a new Toro king was crowned but he too was captured by Kabalega and tortured to death as he was his immediate and short lived successor. The remaining Toro princes fled to Ankole where they were granted exile and for the next decade Bunyoro rule was effectively restored to Toro.

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THE BAKONJO AND BAMBA


Origins

The Bakonjo and Bamba are Bantu and they are said to have a common origin with the other Bantu groups. The Bakonjo are found in the District of Kasese. They are the most numerous of the Rwenzori peoples, being more than the Bamba or the Bambuti. Physically they are generally short and stout. Legend has it that the Bakonjo once lived on Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda and that during the Kintu migration, the Bakonjo came with Kintu and other peoples to Buganda. However, rather than settle in Buganda, the Bakonjo decided to continue and settle in the western highland s of Mount Rwenzori which has a climate similar to that of Mount Elgon where they had originally lived. This is said to have been around A.D 1300. Another tradition asserts that the Bakonjo have lived on Mount Rwenzori from time immemorial and that they have no foreign place of origin. This tradition asserts that the ancestor of the Bakonjo emerged from the caves of Mt. Rwenzori and produced the rest of the Bakonjo.  This tradition however is too simplistic to be generally accepted. What could best be said is that since the Bakonjo are Bantu speaking, they could trace their origin to the Congo region where the other Bantu groups originated.
Religion


The Bakonjo believed in two supreme beings; Kalisa and Nyabarika. Kalisa was viewed as a monster with one arm, one eye, one leg, one ear, half nose and half for the rest of the body. Kalisa was a half man. The exact structure of Nyabarika is not known. He is believed to be the most powerful spiritual being. He had the power to heal, kill, haunt, provide fertility or cause barrenness and, indeed, make hunting expeditions successful or otherwise. Therefore, Nyabarika had to be pleased. Kalisa was regarded as being very important mainly with respect to hunting. Since hunting was a cherished occupation among the Bakonjo, one can tell the power and importance of Kalisa too.


On the southern and eastern slopes of Rwenzori Mountain, the Bakonjo used to construct shrines dedicated to Kalisa and Nyabarika. Such shrines would be made of Bamboo sheaths. They were too small for a man to enter. They are said to have been numerous in the Bamboo zones of the Nyamagasani and Nyamwamba rivers. They were rare in Mubuku and Bujuku valleys. The shrines were huts built in pairs. The larger huts were slightly over one meter high. A food offering of matooke or chicken, was placed on the stakes between the two huts.

UGANDA UNDER FIELD MARSHAL IDI AMIN DADA
His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr. Idi Amin Dada, Idi Amin Dada (c. 1925 – 16 August 2003) he was the third present of Uganda who ruled as a king and a sole policy maker was the military from 1971 to 1979. Leader with unquestionable authority across all boundaries, Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946. Eventually he held the rank of Major General in the post-colonial Ugandan Army and became its Commander before seizing power in the military coup of January 1971, deposing Milton Obote. He later promoted himself to Field Marshal while he was the head of state. While serving in the British Regiment he toured Kenya.


Amin's life was characterized by many wifely, he was a polygamist, no time for family and his rule was of human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed during his reign is estimated He killed people estimated from 100000 to 500000 during his reign during his years in power, Amin shifted in allegiance from being a pro-Western ruler enjoying considerable Israeli support to being backed by Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Soviet Union and East Germany.


In 1975–1976, Amin became the Chairman of the Organization of African Unity, a pan-Africans group designed to promote solidarity of the African states. During the 1977–1979 periods, Uganda was appointed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.


In 1977, after the last two British diplomats withdrew from Uganda, Amin declared he had beaten the British and added "CBE", for "Conqueror of the British Empire", to his title. Radio Uganda then announced his entire title: "".


Dissent within Uganda and Amin's attempt to annex the Kagera province of Tanzania in 1978 led to the Uganda–Tanzania War and the demise of his regime. Amin later fled to exile in Libya followed by Saudi Arabia where he lived until his death on 16 August 2003.

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