CULTURE AND HERITAGE SITES IN UGANDA

The Republic of Uganda is presently enjoying a time of peace after years of civil war and unrest. Since then, the country has been rebounding from many ordeals and is now becoming a thriving nation which can showcase its rich history and natural beauty. We have listed some of the sites you must see while on your Trip in the Country.

1. The Kasubi Royal Tombs

The Kasubi Tombs is a burial ground for four kabakas (kings of Buganda) that was first built in 1881 on the Kasubi hill in Kampala. The tombs were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 but were unfortunately destroyed by fire on March 16, 2010. To the people of the Buganda nation (the largest sub-national kingdom in present-day Uganda), the tombs are a symbol of a spiritual, political and social state of its people. Despite the unfortunate incident, the site still gets regular visits while the main palace is being rebuilt.

2. Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

Located in Wakiso district within close proximity to Kampala is the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, 17km from Kampala.The beautiful shrine’s exterior is made of 22 copper pillars over 100 feet long. The shrine was built to honor 32 young men who were pages of king Mwanga II of Buganda. On June 3rd, 1886 the men were burnt to death for refusing to renounce Christianity. Each year on the anniversary of their deaths, thousands of Christians from across the world congregate to commemorate the lives and religious beliefs of the martyrs. June 3rd, 2015 documented an estimate of two million attendees.

3. Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru:

Located approximately ten kilometers from Fort Portal, the cave Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru or Breast of Nyinamiwiru is thought to have origins shrouded in myth and legend. It is said that King Bukuku of the Toro and Bunyoro kingdoms had his daughter Nyinamiwiru’s breasts cut off after she refused to marry the man he chose for her. Another version says she cut off her own breasts. Today, many visitors to the cave can see stalactites resembling breasts with water dripping from them depositing white calcite. The local guide will tell you the water is breast milk dripping from Nyinamiwiru’s breasts.

4. Nyero Rock Paintings

A little trek and a bit of climbing are involved, but it is all worth it to see rock art dated back to before 1250 AD. Nyero has three rock shelters that are a good distance apart from each other. They were first documented in 1913 and were a part of the tradition of illustrations in red pigment, common throughout Africa. Be sure to visit Nyero Rock Paintings during your next stay in Uganda. Entrance fee is reasonable and educative tour guides are available.

5. Source of the Nile – Speke Monument

John Hanning Speke was the first European to reach Lake Victoria and discover the Source of the Nile. Today, the source of the Nile at Jinja is a prime tourist destination in Uganda. There are fantastic views of the lake. The perfect serenity of the surroundings makes for good picture taking and bird-watching. If you are lucky you may even get to see king-fishes, monkeys, and other animals. Go for a tour on a boat with informative tour guides and stop by the restaurant nearby if you get hungry.

6. Walumbe Tanda Pits

The Walumbe Tanda Pits are somewhat a hallowed ground in Uganda. Legend has it that Walumbe accompanied his sister Nambi and her husband Kintu to the earth after they got married. Walumbe is known to be mischievous and is said to be the cause of suffering and death to mankind. After reaching the earth, he hid from his brother Kaikuzi in the Tanda pits, afraid that he would take him back to heaven. The site contains more than 240 pits and two shrines. One entrance has spears, shields, calabashes and fireplaces named after different gods.

7. Naggalabi (Buddo Coronation Site)

This site is found on the hilltop at Naggalabi Buddo and it referred to as the historical heart of Buganda. Naggalabi site is where the Kingdom of Buganda was birthed and it’s where every Kabaka is crowned from. While at Nagalabi Buddo, a visitor can visit the main sacred sites and even literally walk in the footsteps of the present and past Kabakas of Buganda.

8. Rubaga & Namirembe Cathedrals

Namirembe Cathedral was first established by the protestant missionaries in early 1903.It was later struck by lightning and was reconstructed in 1919.Rubaga Cathedral was established in 1880 and it is found on Rubaga hill that overlooks Kampala.

9. Ndere Cultural Centre:

his cultural centre is situated in Kampala amid beautiful tropical gardens and it has a collection of Ugandan culture. At the site, there is a craft shop, a Café and an outdoor stage where cultural performances are presented from. The Ndere Troupe comprises of cultural dancers, musicians and singers from across Uganda.

10. Katareke Prison Ditch

This is a historical prison that tells the story of a brutal and violent Buganda History. It speaks of a powerful Buganda King who imprisoned all his sisters and brothers in the early 1888.He later brutally murdered them for fear that they might dethrone him. Currently, the prison is a cultural site that reminds people about this harsh regime in Buganda.

11. The Uganda Museum:

Kidepo Valley National Park ranks as one of Africa’s best parks for an authentic African safari experience. It lies in the northeastern corner of Uganda, far off the busy tourist circuit.

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The Eastern region is one of four regions in the country of Uganda. Here the mighty Nile begins its journey and White-water rafting of the Nile River is the main draw for adventurers seeking a wild ride.

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Uganda is the pearl of Africa with plentiful natural resources, a vast diversity of wildlife and a varied geography. Situated on the equator where the West African Jungle meets the East African

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The source of the Nile, at Coronation Park, is marked by a garden and a monument honoring British explorer John Hanning Speke. Owen Falls Dam and Bujagali Dam both span the Nile. Farther north the Itanda Falls is known for its white-water rapids.

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The Ssese Islands are an archipelago of eighty-four islands in the northwestern part of Lake Victoria in Uganda. The islands are coterminous with the Kalangala District in southern Central Uganda, which does not have any territory on mainland Uganda.

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The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a large primeval forest located in south-western Uganda in the Kanungu District. The forest is on the edge of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, at elevations ranging from 1,160 to 2,607 metres.

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Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano in eastern Africa in the Virunga Mountains. Mount Sabyinyo is the oldest volcano of the range. It is north-east of Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes, and west of Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda.

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