The Ik is an ethnic group in Africa that is at serious risk of extinction and the rare ethnic group is anticipated to have come from the famous Nile delta region during the early downfall of great Egyptian empire. In the present day Uganda, Ik tribe form around 11.217 people who are steal supported in the country’s Karamoja region where the Kalimajong people one of the interesting tribes attracting many safaris to Uganda due to it is unique and unexplored culture.
The endangered Ik people who are represented in the Northern region of
Uganda- the region rarely explored by tourists while on their Uganda safaris
are considered to be substance farmers whose local language is
described to be highly different from the Kuliak sub-group of
Nilo-Saharan languages. The best way one can explore and learn some few
words of these people is by under taking safaris to Uganda’s northern region especially the Karamoja region.
The interesting tribe of IK which deserves visit while on your Uganda safari tours,
used to be cattle keepers and after constant raids by their
Karamojonges neighbors, Ik decided to stop the idea of keeping or
rearing cattle in order to avoid conflicts.
The Ik people stay in
some twenty small villages along the escarpment between Timu forest in
the north and Kidepo valley national park-the only beautiful national
park rewarding travelers who undertake Uganda safari tour to
northern region with the views of different wildlife species and unique
scenic views. Surrounded by outer walls, Ik are partitioned into small
families dubbed “neighborhoods”. Before the land used by the Ik was
announced national park, the Ik people mainly used to depend on hunting
as well as gathering the fruits. Booking Uganda safari tour destination of Kidepo National Park will allow you to explore the unique culture of the Ik people.
Ik are said to have been the first people to migrate to the north
eastern part of Uganda and they say that the word Ik means “the first
one to migrate”. During their early times of settlement in the northern
region, Ik culture used to expel their children out of the households at
the age of three. This was done so that the children could also survive
on their own by getting basic needs like food. This was done due to the
long drought seasons that could affect the region.
The cultural heritage of the Ik people is very rich and waiting to be explored by any traveler spending his or her safaris and tours in Uganda.
Spending a day with the Ik people together with its splendid scenery of
Morungole Mountain located in Kaabong district is very amazing.
What is more surprising with this particular tribe is that ,they pay
between 5 - 10 bee hives as bride price instead of commonly used cattle
in Uganda. This particular tribe possesses other unique cultural habits
like marriage which are very pleasant to any visitor on safari tour to Uganda. The number of beehives being the determinant, a man can marry as many wives as he wants
Hiking up to the Ik villages can be one of the rare opportunities and experiences that are worth experiencing while on your Uganda tours and safaris
.Taking guided within the Ik villages, will enable you to encounter and
ask these local people questions about their ancient lifestyle, how
they up bring their children, nature of leadership in the community
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