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COBATI Publishes Community Tourism Guide

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Community Tourism

  • - Empowers rural women
  • - Improves livelihoods
  • - Supports village projects
  • - Provides cultural exchange


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Day Tours | Lodging

Visit a Uganda Homestead

  • - Hear traditional stories from village elders
  • - See how food is prepared under hot stones
  • - Learn about Ankole long horned cow culture
  • - Take a weaving or beading lesson


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Get Involved

- Volunteer
- Donate



  About COBATI

Since 1998, Community Based Tourism Initiative has empowered rural Uganda villages to participate in community tourism. Families use the income to improve their livelihoods. Travelers learn about the local culture.

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COBATI is proud of our incredible partners. We offer special thanks to MTN Uganda Foundation and Ashoka. See partners >

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Community Tourism in Uganda

Uganda is a country with a rich and proud ethnic heritage. A number of tribes create the social fabric of the Ugandan society. Although each ethnic group has its own unique cultural identity, all share an outgoing and warm hospitality for which the country is well known. Ugandans have a traditional love for meeting people, making new friends, and welcoming visitors into their homes.


COBATI Services

COBATI provides valuable tourism services to Uganda communities including training, mentoring, study tours, establishing micro village enterprises, and building strategic partnerships. After COBATI develops and implements a program, we continue to build capacity in the communities.

COBATI Founder

Maria Baryamajura COBATI Executive Director

Maria Baryamajura

Maria Baryamujura, COBATI’s founder and Executive Director, is an Ashoka Fellow, leader in the tourism industry, and a champion for community tourism in Uganda. She serves on several Boards, consults with tourism organizations, and is passionate about developing homestead tourism.


Visit Uganda

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Nubian Women

Visit a homestead for an authentic travel experience. Meet the community and participate in local activities.

  • Cooking lesson
  • Story telling
  • Cow milking, honey harvesting
  • Banana beer brewing

Get Involved

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Mediina Pre Nursery

There are many ways you can get involved with community tourism and help empower rural Ugandan villages. Visit Uganda and volunteer at Mediina Pre Nursery, stay at one of the homesteads, volunteer virtually from home, or make a donation to support valuable projects.