Whevenever a tour to Africa is being planned; all that the potential tourist thinks about are wild animals like Lions, Giraffes, elephants, to mention but a few.
It never comes to the notice of the tourists that not only wild animals are interesting to see, but also domestic animals that are kept in people’s homes.
Since African people are very friendly, it is easy for a tour operator to organize for a package, which allows tourists to visit people’s homes and see these animals, which are unique to Africa thus developing community tourism which benefits communities directly and also creates capacity building and sensitization of the local communities about the importance of tourism in today’s world.
For example, long horned cattle are only unique to Western Uganda and you surely cannot find them elsewhere in the world! These cows are very unique and they are mainly located in the greater Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom because of historical importance of these cows which trace their history back to mysterious Bacwezi who inhabited this area may centuries ago.
Factually, these cows have the highest quality beef and diary products on the planet earth which always has a butter-fat content of more than 15% brought about by the type of grass they feed on, the “Emburara” which is one of the brachialia grass species. there are two brachialia grass species, one is brachialia ruzensiasis (Kijubwe or Kyooya),and another one is brachialia brezantha(“Emburara”)this tropical grass specie is only endemic to the Ankole region and some parts of Masaka which is near Ankole.The names are in Runyankole language.
In fact the western district of Mbarara, in South Western Uganda, got its name from this grass that continue to be the trademark of its low lying plains, the “Emburara”, thus the name Mburara,which was later translated by the British Colonialists who did not understand the traditional Runyankole language to Mbarara for easy pronunciation during the state formation.
Arising form that fact, this also leads to a historical and cultural business where you are free to visit the local museums, for example Igongo Cultural center in Biharwe-Mbarara City and you meet expert story tellers who will take you through the Kinyankole tribe secrets, culture and their special attachment to long horned cows and their brotherly relationship to these gentle and human being friendly domestic giant beasts.
Now, there is another trail (tourism activity area) called the Kagera trail where you are taken to big cattle farms, you milk the cows yourself, and see how the Banyankole take their cows as fellow human beings.