Bigo Bya Mugenyi
The Bigo Bya Mugenyi is a prehistorical place in Mawogola county, it’s side that the Chwezi also known as the Bachwezi were the first people to settle in the Bigo Bya Mugenyi, western and central parts of Uganda this group of people are also believed to have been the first people to settle in Uganda during the 11th to the 16th century.
The word Bigo Bya Mungenyi is translated to mean “The fort of a stranger”. TheBigo Bya Mugenyi is characterized by wild flowers, Savannah grasslands, crickets, woodlands and shrubs, due to the Bachwezi people having no historical background; the place has been used for social studies in primary schools and has been kept as the one of the country’s cultural gems.
The Bachwezi people had mysterious tendencies like disappearing in thin air and leaving foot marks on the rocks where that stepped and flying with the wind. At the Amabere caves is one of the explosion craters known as Kigere meaning “foot” because its shape is in form of foot marks which is believed to be a foot print of the Bachwezi.
The Bigo Bya Mungenyi site covers an area of about 10 kilometers squared; the Bachwezi people had a duo rule dynasty of Wamala and Ndahura that didn’t last long. Tourists visiting Bigo Bya Mungenyi site always have to do cleansing of themselves before embarking of the Bigo Bya Mungenyi, the cleansing is carried out with a believe that the gods won’t get annoyed with you and hurt you.
Bigo Bya Mugenyi palace has got numerous African traditional grass thatched huts with a site where the Bachwezi people always go to pray from to ask their god’s for blessings and wealth. The identity of the Bachwezi people is enigma no one knows where they went or where they came from they were believed to have been demigods
Tourists visiting the Bigo Bya Mungenyi site can also visit other cultural sites nearby this are; Nakayiwa and Ndawula at this sites people used to pray to gods and get what they want which is still the case up to date but it’s believed that the gods disappeared. Their two baskets at the entrance of the big hut that people can put money as a thanks giving to the gods.
There is a site called Kabeho site where tourists will visit with a tour guide, this site contains cultural equipment’s that we’re used by the Bachwezi people some of the tools are arrows, Spears, shields and many more. The Chwezi earth works were excavated to protect the Chwezi Empire from the foreign Luo from Sudan.
Apart from the Bigo Bya Mungenyi cultural site which is the main attraction in his place, tourists can come along animals in the thick vegetation covers such as; bush bucks, leopards, water bucks, duikers and many snakes’ species.
Tourists can also engage in visiting the local communities surrounding the site, the local people believe that when it rains while tourists are still at the site then something bad will happen. There is a big hut with calabashes and mats where people take milk and water from as well as offer milk sacrifices.
The Bigo Bya Mungenyi site can be accessed 60 kilometers from Sembabule town. Tourists visiting the site are supposed to report to the tourism police that’s a sort distance from the site.