Ankole Cultural Festival

On 15th of April 2017, Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel is going to host the first ever Ankole Cultural Festival, this festival will be showcasing the role of cultural and indigenous knowledge in inspiring innovations for economic and social development.

Igongo is to host a cultural festival under the theme “Ankole then, Ankole Now: the role of culture, knowledge and Development”. The festival will bring together individuals, organizations and institutions whose innovations have been inspired by tradition, culture and indigenous knowledge in different fields like medicine, food, fashion, industry, crafts, music, processing, manufacturing, housing and other economic activities to improve the welfare of Ugandans and to create employment. Igongo partners with the University of Zurich in Switzerland on indigenous knowledge and Milk, University of Michigan. It will be an honor to host you for this festival at Igongo Cultural Centre and Country hotel where the future meets the past. Entrance fee is at only 10,000 Ugx.

For more inquiry and booking please contact the following;

+256774380848 / +256700336903 (Marketing Manager) +256701510329 / +256704629921 (Executive Museum Curator)+256702814485 / +256783113822 (Museum guide)


The "Power of Milk" Exhibition - 30th Sept, 2017

Igongo Cultural Centre in conjunction with the Ethnographic Museum of Zurich and The Uganda Museum organized Uganda’s first Milk exhibition aimed at engaging the milk community.  The exhibition under the theme ‘The Power of Milk' which was launched on 30th September 2017 and run as a permanent inclusion in the Igongo Cultural Centre Museum.

The exhibition gave insights on history, traditions and milk products, indigenous knowledge systems of the communities (Switzerland & Uganda) and process of making milk products. Additionally, the exhibition was not all about history and tradition but also displayed the status of milk in Uganda today, the global industrial change in regard to milk, gender roles, environmental, political economy as well as global perspectives.

Note: Milk is not only delicious and healthy for most of us, but also loaded with cultural and social meaning, closely interconnected with the state of our environment, involved in political and economic relations and highly dynamic when it comes to the development of new handling strategies and products.





Biharwe Eclipse Monument Inauguration.

On Saturday 30th August 2014, His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni presided over the official inauguration of the Biharwe Eclipse Monument at Igongo Cultural Center and Country Hotel. We captured the moment and share these pictures with you:

The Biharwe monument in Mbarara was erected on Biharwe Hill in commemoration of the “Biharwe Eclipse” which was dated by astronomers and historians to have taken place in the year 1520 AD.

As the only scientifically dated event in the early history of the Great Lakes Region, the eclipse, which was acknowledged in legends of Bunyoro, Buganda and Nkole, became the key benchmark that was used by historians to determine the royal genealogies of those kingdoms.

The three pillars of this monument represent the three kings who were contemporaries at the time, namely Nakibinge of Buganda, Olimi I Rwitamahanga of Bunyoro, and Ntare I Nyabugarobwera of Nkole.

Olimi I Rwitamahanga Kalimbi Rukidi was the 5th Omukama (King) of the Babito dynasty and the most martial ruler of Bunyoro of the 16th century.

He invaded Buganda, Nkole, Mpororo and Rwanda and plundered cattle from those kingdoms. Nkole lost most of its cattle herds due to these constant raids and suffered severe famine called Eijuga Nyonza where wild berries were used as dowry for brides.

It was on Olimi’s return journey after raiding cattle from Rwanda and Mpororo that an eclipse appeared when the raiders had reached Biharwe. The eclipse generated fear and superstition, forcing the King and his warriors to flee in disarray, leaving all cattle behind.

According to the legend, the cows that were abandoned at Biharwe were named by people “Empenda ya Munoni” and “Enduga Mwiguru” (cows that came from heaven). After that incident, the people of Nkole were able to own cattle again.

If you want to visit it, you will find it in Mbarara at  Igongo Cultural Center and Country  Hotel.