Easter Sunday 1st April 2018

Come and spend the weekend in unbridled luxury. Come stay with us and live the unexpected by taking advantage of our special offers on accommodation

FEE: Room rates start as low as $70 a night for our deluxe rooms. 

Come and enjoying a candlelight dinner for two at Igongo in our finest restaurants, give your spouse a massage and watch a romantic movie.

Surprise your spouse with a special getaway together. Make a reservation at Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel where you will have bed and breakfast arranged with Rose flowers and a bottle of wine.

You may also order Igongo food from our restaurant and have a picnic for all the Valentines in your family on your living room floor and make this a tradition. The kids will see the value of family and a loving marriage.

Have fun on February 14, and remember: Love is not meant to be given and received just  on Valentine’s Day. Instead, it’s to be practiced every single day of the entire year




The X-mass program for Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel.

This Christmas, come and enjoy the serene country environment at Igongo Country Hotel. The friendly staff, traditional buffets and the splendour of the lush green gardens shall soothe your mind and put it at ease. This December our gates shall be wide open to welcome you to the museum, a luncheon on 25th, a kids festival on 27th and comedy show on 31st Dec. Lets end the year in style with Igongo Country Hotel.


Valentine’s Day activities at Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel.

·         12Keys band playing live ballads.

·         Violin love music entertainers

·         Candle lit dinner.


Come and enjoy a candlelight dinner for two at Igongo in our finest restaurants and give your spouse a massage.

Surprise your spouse with a special getaway together. Make a reservation at Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel where you will have a bed and breakfast arranged with Rose flowers and a bottle of wine.

You may also order for Igongo food from our restaurant and have a picnic for all the Valentines of your family in your living room  and make this a tradition. This will make  kids see the value of family with a loving marriage.

Have fun on February 14, and remember: Love is not meant to be given and received just  on Valentine’s Day. Instead, it’s to be practiced every single day of the entire year.


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THE GREEN FESTIVAL  (MY KID IS A SUPER STAR).  That occurred on 27/Dec/2015

27th is a day that shall not be forgotten in Mbarara at IGONGO. More so, by our youngsters. Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel took western Uganda by storm. Igongo organized; MY KID IS A SUPERSTAR GREEN FESTIVAL. The best DJs e.g DJ STUART, DJ RODGER, DJ MERCY  ,etc. were imported from Kampala to spin for our youngsters. Several dance groups rocked the stage. The most exciting were the legendary "sitya loss" kids who not only thrilled but also excited the revelers with their various amazing, incredible dance strokes. The J.C steppers from Kampala were also another group to talk about. With their LINGALA they got us back into the golden days of Congolese music. Various activities were going on. Horse riding, swimming, etc. Very tasty snacks were sold to our youngsters. It was fun, incredible, marvelous, hilarious, memorable and totally unforgettable. The function was graced by the attendance of first daughter, Natasha Museveni who planted a tree together with our children. People turned up in great numbers and they were not only entertained but also educated about tree planting and caring for the environment. In other words, it was not only an entertaining but also an educative platform. The kids were further amazed by Igongos marvelous and historical museum that explains all history of Western Uganda. There was a lot of partying and also learning. Indeed, it was a beautiful day.

Mr.Tumusiime James and wife also closely interacts with the super star kids, they are more than parents with kids they can do anything to see they are happy and lively.



The X-mass program for Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel.

Dear our beloved guests, come and spend your X-Mass festive season at Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel. Come and have country freshness in the urban comfort.

X-Mass program;

On 25th –Dec-2015; we have  a Family Luncheon  and you will be entertained by 12 Keys Band.

On 27th –Dec-2015; we have The green Fun Festival and you will be entertained by My Kid is a Super star @ only 5,000 /=

On 31st –Dec-2015;we have New Year’s Eve/Fireworks/Comedy and you will be entertained by Alex Muhangi.

On 01st –Dec-2015; we shall have New Year’s Day festivities and will be entertained by the Cultural gala.

 The Pearl of Africa Tourism expo


Igongo Cultural Centre concludes The Pearl of Africa International Expo in joy and jubilations when at the closing ceremony dubbed The Pearl of Africa Tourism Excellence Award, The national tourism marketing body Uganda Tourism Board awarded Igongo Cultural Centre as the best Community museum in the country.


The processes of nomination were online and open to the public making it transparent, fair and convenient. The awarding ceremony was presided over by Prime minister The Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, in his maiden speech; he commended the effort of the private sector such as Igongo Cultural Centre and pledged unfailing support from the Uganda government, a statement that was highly applauded by the audience in a fully packed Serena ball room.


 The event equally hosted key national and international entertainers such as Anna  Kansiime, Salvado Indrigi a man from Obokolo village and not forgetting Mafikizolo  who swept all the tourism enthusiast off their feet.

 This was on the night of 20th .Nov.2015 Igongo would like on this notice to extend their sincere gratitude to the general public, staff, management and UTB for the votes and support to reaching this milestone.

 Below is our stall.

The World Over celebrates the World Tourism Day commemorated on the 27th.Septemeber of every year, Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel one of the leading tourism attractions in the South Western Region of Uganda did not let the day pass unnoticed but instead invited and hosted His Highness King Oyo the King Of Tooro Kingdom, a prominent kingdom in the same region of the Country.

The purpose of the visit was intended to share some of the cultural attractions and artifacts showcased around the Igongo Cultural Centre and exhibited in the only museum of South-Western region most of which depict the close relationship between the two cultures of Ankole and Tooro , the two having been the most dominant kingdoms of the region.

The visit also revealed the great development plans the King has for his kingdom among them is setting up a similar cultural museum near his palace which would act to house great history, artifacts and the old regalia of the Kingdom, the museum when set up would benefit a lot from Igongo Cultural Centre through exchange programmes of curators, tour guides and researchers.

Among the places visited, in addition to the cultural centre, the king visited his longtime family friend Mr. Eric Rutahigwa also a neighbor and strong supporter of Igongo Cultural Centre, at his country home the king was taken to the beautiful Long horned Ankole cow farm thereafter retreating back to Igongo Country Hotel where he spent the night together with his team.

As a cultural centre, we peg our works on the existing and historical Kings and kingdoms,  having hosted a ruling King is one but a great achievement for the cultural centre. This is also evidenced through the style of naming of the structures and venues of the centre, a case in point is, part of the hotel rooms were built in form of cottage blocks, each cottage is named after one of the prominent and historical kingdoms of the region for instance Cottage 1: Buganda, this was officially opened by the current Prime minister of Buganda Peter Mayiga, Cottage II: Bunyoro, officially opened by the representative of the Prime Minister of Bunyoro Hon Charles , Cottage III: Burundi, a former kingdom neighboring Rwanda, Cottage IV: Bwera, also a former kingdom in Northern Tanzania and Southern Uganda, Cottage V: Karagwe, a former kingdom in Northern Tanzania, Cottage VI: Kigezi, a former chiefdom now covering Kabale and Kanungu districts, Cottage VII: Rwanda, now the modern Rwanda was also a great Kingdom under the reign of Rudahigwa, Cottage VIII: Tooro, still a vibrant kingdom under the reign of the youngest king at the time but ambitious and has an appeal to the modern demands of the time, one who will help balance between the needs of the current and the future generations.

Embrace Domestic Tourism Destinations. #IgongoCulturalCentre

Compiled by;

Dennis Kamukama

Sales and Marketing Manager

Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel.


On Saturday 30th August 2014, His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni presided over the official inauguration of the Biharwe Eclipse Monument at Igongo Cultural Center and Country Hotel. We captured the moment and share these pictures with you:



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Kampala, Uganda. Wednesday – 27th August 2014

President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to unveil and inaugurate a landmark monument on Biharwe Hill in commemoration of the "Biharwe Eclipse", which was dated by astronomers and historians to have taken place in the year 1520 AD. As the only scientifically dated event in the early history of the Great Lakes Region, the eclipse, which was acknowledged in the legends of Bunyoro, Buganda and Nkore, became the key benchmark that was used by historians to determine royal genealogies of those kingdoms.

President Museveni will grace the occassion and unveil the official monument to mark the site as he also officially opens the recently completed Igongo Country Hotel located across Biharwe Hill, on Saturday 30th August, 2014. The hotel, a brainchild of cultural enthusiast and Chairman of Uganda Tourism Board, Mr. James Tumusiime, boasts of one of the most luxurious hotels located in the Southwestern region. Igongo has to date become one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mbarara by locals and international visitors, with a key highlight being the Eriijukiro (the Museum of Southwestern Uganda) which is packed with historical information and artifacts from the Nkore, Kigezi and neighboring areas.

The occasion is expected to attract many local and national leaders, cultural enthusiasts and academicians.

We received a VERY special guest yesterday as the Buganda Expo wound up, none other than, HRH Kabaka Mutebi visited the Igongo stall!!

Dennis Kamukama, Igongo Marketing Manager and team received his highness and explained the items on display and the role they play in the culture of South Western Uganda in general and the Ankole region in particular!

We are humbled by HRH's visit and pledge to continue promoting the traditions and cultures of Uganda!

Ssabasajja Kabaka awaangale!

USAID donates to tourismThe United States Agency for International development (USAID) has earmarked $20m (about sh50m) to im­prove tourism in Uganda.

The programme will be unveiled in the next few months. The support was revealed by the deputy chief of mis­sion at the USA embassy in Uganda, Virginia M. Blaser.

She said the programme would benefit tourism cultural centres like Igongo Cultural Centre in Mbarara district.
Blaser made the disclosure on Monday after inaugurating a three-dimensional map the embassy funded at Igongo Cultural Centre.

The map, that cost $10,000, will guide tourists who are interested in knowing the history of the area. The team leader of environ­ment and natural resources in USAID Kampala, Suudi Bamulesewa, said the pro­gramme would develop tour­ism related to bio-diversity conservation.

He said they would focus on Lake Mburo National Park and Karinzu Forest Reserve. Bamulesewa said they would also develop Kidepo and Murchison Falls national parks.

He added that they were in the process of identifying partners who would imple­ment the project on behalf of USAID and the US.

Bamulesewa disclosed that they had set aside funds to support entrepreneurs interested in investing in the tourism sector through projects like building hotels to accommodate tourists.

The proprietor of Igongo Cultural Centre, James Tumusiime, said the facility promotes research, people who make handcrafts, musi­cians and singers.

He said it also promotes herbal medicine, forestry and other issues relevant to African history and culture.
Igongo was established three years ago at the site where people used to play music for the King of Ankole.

Buganda KatikiroPrince David Wassajja, Namasole Sizomu, Margret Nagawa and Ministers: Ben Kiwanuka Mukwaya for health, Charles Bwenvu for Buganda Affairs outside Buganda, Hope Mukasa of Kabaka Foundation, members of Lukiiko Mr Gastava Lule and Hajji Mutaasa Kafeero were part of the Katikiro’s entourage that visited Igongo on the 15th February 2014.

The Katikkiro wore a navy blue coat with a white and immaculately white robe traditionally known as “Ekanzu”, a prestigious cultural attire in Ganda culture.

He was received with Enkongooro (Milk Pot), like a special guest in modern days is welcomed with a banquet of flowers. Enkongooro (also call it Ekyanzi) represents Ankole culture. This wooden black conical container is where milk among the cattle keeping communities of Ankole is served. However, for security/safety reasons this milk pot did not have milk in it and Mr Mayiga took it home as a gift.

Mr James Tumusiime the proprietor of the cultural site who is also Chairman Uganda Tourism Board was there to host them. Cultural performances by the Igongo Cultural Group followed before the Katikiro and his entourage were guided through a tour of the place.

Igongo is such a place that depicts history of the man and life right from the Stone Age era.  They visited the Museum (Erijukiro), the main attraction at the centre featuring the historical and cultural aspects of South Western Uganda. It left every visitor mesmerized. The cultural village with huts depicting typical Banyankore homesteads; one for Banyankore cattle keepers and another for Banyankore crop farmers was another wonder.

An overwhelmed Prince Wasajja commented; “I’ve never seen a beautiful, history enriched place like this one.” He added that it’s a challenge not to Buganda alone but all kingdoms to protect their heritage for posterity so that future generations can be able to not only read but also see what the past meant.

The Katikiro then commissioned the Buganda Cottage where antiquities significant to the Buganda Kingdom will be kept for purposes of tourism and research. There is as well Bunyoro, Burundi, Bwera, Karagwe, Kigezi, Rwanda and Tooro Cottages which are yet to be commissioned.

The visitors enjoyed traditionally cooked dishes from “Kahwa Kanuzire” restaurant that sits right next to the Arts and Crafts room where items ranging from traditional jewellery, books, wallets, decorations, table items, armlets, bangles, frames can be found.  Besides the archaic literature of the “Ishe Katabazi” type, even contemporary material like magazines and novels are available.

Mr Tumusiime said Igongo Cultural Centre is a civil society initiative set to link traditional society and the contemporary modern culture. “After realizing that Namugongo Shrines and Kasubi Tombs attract more visitors in a year than either Lake Mburo or Queen Elizabeth National Park, I saw immediately the need for a cultural site as a stimulant for domestic tourism,” he said.

He added, “We should not wait for Europeans to visit so that we call them tourists. Igongo was set up to promote tourism within. So one doesn’t have to be a European to do research or bring their family on a weekend to visit a museum,” he said.

Besides contributing Shs 5million towards reconstruction of Kasubi Tombs, Mr Tumusiime also handed the Katikkiro a shield with a motto “Obwebgye Bugira Emizi” meaning that ‘wisdom has roots’ and a book ‘What Makes an African Laugh’ he has authored urging him to protect the culture jealously.

Mr Mayiga acknowledged Mr Tumusiime’s “sincere” gifts commending the enormous work he has done for culture at Igongo Cultural Centre. “I had visited this place with my family before I became Prime Minister when I had come to attend a friend’s wedding in Rwanyamahembe and I brought my family here but no one recognized me then,” he said.

“When you move through that Museum, you realize how much Buganda and Ankole have in common. The language, ways of life and all this doesn’t have to be destroyed to achieve development. The only place I have been to with rich cultural and traditional information like this is in Rwanda but Igongo was one of a kind in Uganda and Africa at large,” Mr Mayiga said.

He said there is need to respect history and cultures of people but it can only be possible after understanding the histories.