Boomu Women´s Group Bandas
Location: Between Budongo Forest Reserve and Murchison Falls National Park
Boomu Women´s Group has around 40 members from the villages of Kihaguzi and Kigaragara. These subsistence farmers had little produce left over to sell, so in 1999 the women´s group was formed, with the aim of reducing poverty and malnutrition, and providing an income for the members to be able to pay their children´s school fees.
What began as a craft group has evolved into a wonderful community tourism project, with accommodation, a restaurant, unique guided tours and a well-tended garden.
The grass-thatched bandas have been built in traditional Ugandan style for an authentic community experience. They are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens filled with butterflies and weaver birds. Guests are welcome to relax in the gardens, visit the local community of Kigaragara and explore the craft shop. Ugandan food prepared by local women is served in the restaurant, and in the warm evenings you can relax by the open air bar under the stars.
- Restaurant and open air bar
- Craft shop
Boomu has seven twin bandas, one double banda and a building with two triple rooms. All have mosquito nets, electric lights (from a generator) and shared bathroom facilities.
Showers are cold water tanks fitted with a shower head, and are outdoors. Jerry cans of hot water can be provided on request.
Toilets are dry eco toilets.
Activities At The Lodge
- Village walks
- Cooking demonstrations
- Basket weaving lessons
- Bird watching in the gardens or nearby Budongo Forest
- Chimp tracking at Budongo Forest Reserve
- Boomu has four full-time employees and many part-time staff who benefit directly from tourism. All the money from the community tour and a percentage of the turnover is put into a community fund that finances school books, soap, pencils and porridge for local children attending a nursery created by Boomu.
- Other projects that benefit from this fund are educational projects, local clinics, water access improvements, and agroforestry initiatives. Community members have also been trained in high-quality blanket weaving, which can be sold to local lodges and hotels.
- Bed breakfast and dinner 55,000 Pp.
- Camping per person per night 10,000 USH
- dinner/ lunch 15,000 USH
- Breakfast 10,000 USH
- village Walk Basket Weaving Demo 15,000 USH pp each activity
- Cookeing Tour 20000 USH Pp.