Igongo Cultural Center

Location: 12km from Mbarara town along Masaka – Mbarara highway.


Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by gorgeous scenery of gardens and beautiful buildings that house a museum, a crafts shop and a restaurant. We serve traditional dishes of millet bread, matooke and ghee, along with a local drink made from millet or sorghum. All ingredients are locally sourced to guarantee freshness and support local producers.

A hotel and campsite is currently being constructed near the center and is anticipated to open in the coming months. The hotel will house up to 22 quests per night and include electricity, private bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot showers, all-inclusive meals and mosquito nets. There will also be dorm rooms.


  • Medicinal plants tour
  • Visit to a local school
  • Traditional dance or music performance
  • Crafts demonstration
  • Museum tour
  • Hill climbing
  • Donkey rides (coming soon)
  • Learn how to preform traditional Ugandan chores
  • Visit to local farms

Description of Tours: 

  • Museum Tour – this takes between 30 – 40 minutes and showcases artifacts and information on culture and traditions of the people of southwestern Uganda.
  • Cultural village – this demonstrates the evolution of housing and the cultural setting and arrangement of a typical Nyankore and Kigezi households. It includes crafts demonstrations, music performances, traditional chores and much more!
  • Sculptures and trees of medicinal value– there are a number of historical sculptures of animals and people. Visitors can also see herbal trees and those with cultural significance in the gardens of the centre.
  • Tourists can also experience daily village life through home visits, a hill walk and visits to community schools.

Responsible Travel

  • The Center uses energy-saving bulbs, minimizes the use of charcoal for cooking and minimizes solid waste. The crafts shop uses decomposable packing bags instead of plastic bags.
  • The Center maintains a clean, green environment and encourages the local community to do the same.
  • Visitors requested to observe cleanliness and leave the natural environment intact.
  • Over half our technical and support staff are sourced from the local communities.
  • Over 60% of crafts are supplied by local artists.
  • All local dishes are procured from the local community and available at all times for visitors.
  • Local dance groups are hired to present their performances, and are trained in professional dance and arts.
  • The Center uses the museum to showcase and inform visitors of the area’s artifacts, history, lifestyle and beliefs. Our mini bookshop displays publications about the cultures of south western Uganda.
  • The profits earned from tourism products are used to train and promote local artists and sponsor educational cultural radio programs on local stations. 
  • The Center has secured land for establishing a forest for indigenous tree species, in order to preserve the surrounding natural area.  

Duration and Booking

  • The duration of tours depends on the size of tour groups. 
  • It is advisable to start tours in the morning
  • It is also advisable to books two weeks in advance


Tours: $5-10, depending on tour and group size
Entrance fee: $8
Price per person per night (anticipated): US. $ 100


Telephone: 0774380848/0701510329
Email:  igongo.museum@gmail.com
Website: www.igongomuseum.co.u