The Overland journey to Uganda Gorilla trekking destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park is one of the long safari journeys taking about 9-10 hours of drive from Uganda’s Capital Kampala and hence in between visitors on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris have to make some enroute stopovers for refreshment, relaxation, body stretching and smokers can take this opportunity to have a cigarette. Trekkers mainly depart Kampala for gorillas trekking experience in Bwindi or Mgahinga at 6:00am or 7:00am and thrilling lunch stopover is always made in Mbarara town and this town has two most places mainly used and we need to compare in this article.
Not so long, Agip Motel has been the most preferred place for visitors on Gorilla safaris traveling
from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where they have
stopover for lunch, relaxation as well as easing themselves .With the
inception of Igongo Cultural Center, most travelers’ cars/vehicles are
now separated on whether to have lunch stopover at Agip Motel or Igongo
Cultural Center. The Competitive advantage of Igongo Cultural Center as a
perfect a stop over to the tourists on gorilla trekking safaris
to Bwindi or Mgahinga is that, the Center has so many wonders for
visitors to encounter and among these include a traditional museum which
is considered to the finest or best in south western part of Uganda and
Uganda at large. This outstanding museum is very well organized and the
site guides are experience and well informed about the unique cultures
and ethnographic collections in this popular museum. Taking a short walk
to explore this museum while on your lunch break is really very
rewarding to any culture lover.
Igongo consists of various shops
displaying and selling Africa art and crafts where travelers can buy
curios from. Hence this implies that Igongo is a perfect stop shop for
shopping, lunch and cultural tour as well as relaxation. The shops in
the Center daily display bags, shirts as well as other eye catching
items that attract visitors.
In addition to the above, Each and
every weekend, Igongo Cultural center mainly organizes traditional
parties for the Banyankole. The Center has gardens where cultural
ceremonies take place. Therefore if visitor on Gorilla Safari tour to Uganda
is interested in exploring a true wedding ceremony or give away
ceremony, Igongo Cultural Center situated just 12kms to Mbarara town
will make you ends meet.
The government is also establishing a
bypass that bifurcates off after Igongo cultural to link with the
Mbarara-Kasese main route as well as the high way from Mbarara-Kabale.
This therefore Implies that Visitor’s vehicles or cars who wish to
escape traffic jam in Mbarara town will opt to have lunch at Igongo
cultural Center and then drive through the bypass to either Kasese or
Kabale district. This therefore automatically makes Igongo cultural
Center a preferable stopover place than Agip Motel and other eating
stopover places in regard to travelers driving Uganda’s Safari
destinations like Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla
park, Queen Elizabeth, Mountain Rwenzori, among others.
En route journey to mountain gorillas trekking
in Bwindi Impenetrable has other rewarding stopovers that visitors can
make. The first one is at Mpambire Royal drum makers to explore how
local drums are made from animal hides and tress. The other marvelous
one is at Uganda Equator crossing at Kayabwe where tourists have an
opportunity to do water experiments, photo shot and visit to craft
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