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ABOUT 2017-04-18T08:01:48+00:00

Mixing cultural experience with wildlife adventure

Buffalo Base is a friendly guesthouse and campsite, just 8 kilometres from the Katurum entry gate of Kidepo Valley National park.

Buffalo Base is the place to stay for those who want to mix their wildlife experience with local culture. We offer accommodation for both budget and mid-range clients. Offering single, double and dorm rooms and a campsite. Electricity, DSTV and flushing toilets are available. We have our own restaurant and bar with local and international dishes and ice-cold beers!

Buffalo Base is set up to involve the local community and is run by the people from Karenga and its surrounding villages. The staff at the Buffalo Base know the local culture and landscape and so who’s better to guide you on a walk through the mountain range next to the village? Or to help you understand the traditions you see as you walk through the surrounding villages? Our mission is to offer you something different – a genuine cultural experience, a friendly easy-going atmosphere the best possible comforts you’ll find in this remote area.

Buffalo Base offers more than wildlife adventures in Kidepo Valley National Park.

The Karamojong

The Karamojong People live in very traditional communities. Originally a pastoral society, cows and other livestock are very important in everyday life. Although western influences are visible everywhere, most aspects of life are the same as they were decades ago. Don’t be surprised to find a Karamojong hunting party with bows and spears on the road. Don’t fear them, it’s just their way of life!

Unlike most other Ugandans, many Karamojong shun western-style clothes and instead wear ‘traditional’ dress of a blanket-like shawl, often in red and black. The women wear elaborate beadwork. The towering young Karamojong warriors strike an dignified pose in spite of the miniature round hats that they proudly display on their heads!

Buffalo Base works together with several communities to organise guided village trips. The local communities really benefit from your visits. They create jobs and opportunities to sell arts and crafts. Karenga Cultural Group is one of the local organisations who benefit from Buffalo Base. They perform and organises workshops for the visitors at Buffalo Base.