Apart from being the ideal base of a magnificent wildlife safari, Simba Safari Camp works closely with the surrounding local communities to ensure that they benefit from tourism as much as possible. Particularly the Kikorongo Women’s group, who is located in Kikorongo Village, a small town near the lodge accommodation.
In Kikorongo, which means “too much sunshine” in the local language, a community-based organization was formed in 2007 by 12 ladies. It is a hard-working group that has integrated men into the organization as well, and have grown to currently 72 members actively participating in the activities of the community.
The average household in Kikorongo Village contains 6 people, but each household makes less than 40,000 Ugandan Shillings (less than USD $20) per month. Another challenge that this community faces is the loss of crops due to damage by wild animals. Moreover, many of the women are widows and lost their husband in Queen Elizabeth National Park due to poaching activities. Participating in tourism activities allows the entire community to benefit from the existence of the national park, rather than being threatened by it.
Through dance and drama the Kikorongo Women Community educates community members about safe motherhood, the importance of clean drinking water and hygiëne, handicraft making and reducing poaching. Money raised through tourism allows this education to continue. The lively performances are accompanied by the music of traditional drums, a flute and a wooden xylophone called ndara, which can be played by up to four skilled musicians at a time. Community members who are too old or infirm to dance are given wooden puppets – so that everyone in the village can join in!
Another community activity is a workshop whereby the women share their traditional craft skills. Traditional crafts hold a special significance in Ugandan villages. A small basket containing groundnuts is a sign of friendship. A calabash placed on top of a house has the purpose to ward off evil spirits. And a traditional healer’s woven purse is filled with natural remedies.
Want to catch a wonderful glimpes of life in Kikorongo, with a vibrant dancing and music performance? Are you travelling to Uganda soon and want to support the Kikorongo Women’s Group?
Local performances and craft workshops can be booked in advance with Uganda Lodges. Contact us now so we can ensure you an even more memorable stay at Simba Safari Camp!