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Culture & people of Kisoro

Culture & people of Kisoro

Culture & people of Kisoro

Culture & people of Kisoro – Kisoro is a district located in the far southwestern corner of Uganda bordering Rwanda and DR-Congo.  The size of a small U.S. County, the Kisoro area is a mountainous terrain at an average elevation of about 1,890 meters above sea level and a home to over 250,000 people.  Most of the people are Bafumbira, a group that came from Rwanda around 1900.  Today, their language is different from Rwandans only in their accent.

From Kabale to Kisoro is about a half-hour drive and it’s only 78 kilometers away while from Kampala to Kisoro is 485 kilometers which is about an 8 to 9 hours drive depending on how many stopovers you stop along the way.

The Kisoro landscape is lavish, green, and craggy, and is dominated by the beautiful Mufumbiro Mountains, which are made up of both inactive and active volcanoes. Utmost, people are very poor and work in the fields for a living.  Primary crops include beans, Irish potatoes, corn, and sorghum. 

Speaking about the Culture & people of Kisoro, like any other part of the Country the people of Kisoro are one of the most welcoming people in Uganda, in which it’s one of the districts in Uganda with rich culture if one gets a chance to relate with the local communities. At Kisoro tours Uganda, we organize visits to the local communities where you will have a chance to have a meal and spend a night at the home of some local community members.

Explore the Culture & people of Kisoro as you Volunteer

Kisoro tours Uganda can also organize volunteering occasions in the Kisoro area for tourists and other visitors where one gets a chance to work with different local community projects like training in different local community schools, agriculture projects like farming, working with conservation projects in the communities staying on the borders of both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, volunteering in health centers and hospitals, visit and volunteer with local church among other activities that you can volunteer in as you appreciate Culture & people of Kisoro area.

The Bafumbira people in Kisoro?

The main tribe in Kisoro is Bafumbira and they speak Rufumbira which is more similar to Runyadwanda which is spoken in Rwanda and they also share the same culture. There is another tribe in Kisoro called the Batwa people but they are very few in number and are believed to be 0.2% population of Kisoro with no traditions of early migration from anywhere. They are believed to have been the earliest inhabitants of Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga, Batwa people can also originate in other few districts and also in Burundi, Rwanda, and DR-Congo.

The culture & people of Kisoro district resides in a tribe that is immigrants of Rwandese immigrants, the Rwandese arose into the Rufumbira a language that is 90% comparable to Kinyarwanda a national language of Rwanda. The misunderstanding of Rufumbira and Runyarwanda parlance was brought about by the mixed cultures and traditions of the Bafumbira in Kisoro and Banyarunda in Rwanda.

The culture & people of Kisoro often dress traditionally whereas women often wear brightly colored skirts, wraps, and headscarves.

Uganda government constituent and originally considered Bafumbira Banyarwanda until the 1995 when Uganda Constitution recognized Bafumbira as a sovereign tribe in Uganda. The Bafumbira have continuously lived in the Uganda Kisoro area on the border of Rwanda and DR-Congo. This resulted in numerous Bafumbira people coming out as a result of intermarriages between Bafumbira and Rwandese.

Kisoro has very rich volcanic soils on the slopes of the Bwindi Forest and Muhavura/ Mufumbiro Mountains, the staple food for Bafumbira in Kisoro is potatoes beans, sorghum that they use energetically to get different drinks and dishes, and posho from maize flour.

As the Kisoro population grows, there is pressure on the land which is being repeatedly segmented, condensing the land infertile, in the count to land scarcity, many people from Kisoro have drifted to other districts which have better soils for cultivation, and population growth with land scarcity in Kisoro has yet over the time has gone down.

Several years ago, progenies in Kisoro would look up to their parents to give them hand but not all the parents have plentiful land to divide amongst their children which is a big problem for most people in Kisoro who have not got a chance to go to school and they depend only on farming.

Distinctly most Ugandan people groups, people in Kisoro eat from a shared plate as a symbol of love and harmony.  The matriarch of the family sits on a distinct stool; when he is absent, his oldest extant son is the one who sits on it. Even the elderly in Kisoro has continuously known peace in their area. The various people groups live in congruence with each other, and evacuees are often welcomed from neighboring regions.

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