The bakonzo are the indigenous tribe on the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains. It is an ethnic tribe that extends up to Congo, with the majority of their tribesmen living across the boarder; called the Banande. The bakonzo people have a custom of living on the hills. They do all their works up there from farming, grazing, building and some times hunting in those old days.
Visitors to the Rwenzori Mountains always ask how the people build hoses, farm or climb these mountains throughout their life. If you ever wondered how the Bakonzo people cook their daily meals, then here is an opportunity for you to learn and even participate in cooking one or several of their meals. It is all organized in this out-of-the-world cooking experience with the indigenous tribe members.
The Bakonzo being more attached to Congo than to Uganda, their food, dances, language and all other life aspects differ a lot from those of other tribes in Uganda. Their food is unique too. You will understand why doing this cooking experience and other activities. In this 2-5 hour coming experience, the guest will learn how to grow harvest, prepare, cook and eat one local meal. The prices for the experience includes eating on the meal for your lunch/ dinner
So you know, I want to give you the following hints, so that you have an idea on the Bakonzo foods before participating in the tour.
The staple foods for Bakonzo are;
And the common sauces are;
- Sombe, (cassava leaves sauce)
- Instant beans sauce,
- Erisusa (yams leaves sauce)
- Fish (from the mountain rivers and lakes in the lowlands)
- Esishogho (black night shade)
As the culture has evolved and there has been exchange between other cultures, the Bakonzo now eat all other foods including the rice, Irish potatoes, maize, G-nuts, other fruits and vegetables. As you interact with the local people during the experience, you will also learn that the Bakonzo used to have original varieties of these other foods that were accustomed to growing in the hills without application of chemicals. However, these varieties are no longer common. The local people now depend on growing improved varieties.
None the less, the Bakonzo still attempt to grow most of their food ingredients. With the effects of climate change, some ingredients that cant grow locally at the homes are bought from the next villages or local markets. very little on their daily menu is imported from other countries.