Cultural Tours

KABAKA’S LAKE

This is the largest man-made lake in Uganda located in Ndeeba, Rubaga Division Kampala City, Uganda. It is between Ring Road and Nabunya Road. This five acre and a 200 feet deep lake , on an average located on the outskirts of Kampala was created during the reign of Kabaka Mwanga in the 1880s for his personal enjoyment, as he enjoyed swimming and fishing. He wished to link it to Lake Victoria through a channel that would serve as an escape corridor, though this was never achieved. Today, the lake is home to many bird species, and is recognized as an important conservation site.

KASUBI ROYAL TOMBS.

The Kasubi Tombs are located on Kasubi Hill, 5km from the center of Kampala.Many other Cultural sites are worth visiting, not only for sight-seeing, but also to experience an authentic traditional culture with dance, music, craft making, spiritual healing and storytelling. Six other sites which are within easy reach from Kampala.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the burial site for the Kings of Buganda. The Buganda people hold great respect for this cultural site, and several ancient rituals are still performed here. The large, dome-shaped hut which protects the site is beautifully crafted from natural materials and also houses cultural treasures of the Buganda Kingdom.

Southwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city, it’s a 1 hour drive from Kampala expect some traffic on the road . Buganda Kingdom was born during the 14th century. At Naggalabi- Buddo, you can visit the main sacred sites, and literally walk in the footsteps of past and present kings.

RUBAGA & NAMIREMBE CATHEDRAL

The cathedral is located on Namirembe Hill, in Lubaga Division, in Kampala. It is the oldest cathedral in Uganda. It serves as the Provincial Cathedral of the Church of Uganda and the diocesan cathedral for Namirembe Diocese, the first diocese to be founded in the Church of Uganda province, in 1890. It was reconstructed in 1919 after being struck by lightning. If you are looking to discover Kampala, Uganda, leave plenty of time for sightseeing tours – you wouldn’t want to miss out on top attractions like Rubaga Cathedral! This vast structure can hold a congregation of 3,000 people. St Mary’s Cathedral, Rubaga. This is the parent cathedral of the Catholic Church in Uganda and is one of the leading religious and tourist attraction in Kampala.

KATAREKE PRISON DITCH

The prison tells the story of a violent and brutal episode in Buganda history. It speaks of a paranoid, power-hungry king who, in 1888, imprisoned all his brothers and sisters – save for just one Mwanga – an exiled king he had replaced and later brutally murdered them for fear that they might over throw him! Today the prison is quiet and shaded site, but the surviving earthworks are a vivid reminder of warring times when the fate of the kingdom hung in the balance.

NAGGALABI (BUDDO CORONATION SITE)

Naggalabi is where the Kabaka’s of Buganda have been crowned for the past 700 years. It is the official coronation site for all Kings of Buganda Kingdom the site is located on the panoramic hill top of Buddo Hill in Busiro County, Wakiso District, off of the Kampala-Masaka Highway,

BAHAI TEMPLE

The Temple seats on 21.5acres of land in Kikaya Hill on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, the Bahá’í Temple, is the only temple of the Bahá’í faith in Africa. It is worth visiting for the beautiful architecture and well-tended gardens. Colored glass windows filter soft light into the temple, which is decorated with Persian carpets and glazed Italian mosaic tiles that line the domed roof. Work on the foundation began in October, 1957.

KING’S PALACE (Bulange, Mengo)

Lubiri / Mengo is the palace of the King of Buganda. Mengo is more than the fine, historical architecture that greets your eyes at the pinnacle of Bulange hill. It was built in 1885 and measures in impressive 4 square miles. Opposite it is the spectacular Bulange, which is the Buganda parliament building. The majestic colonial power house provides a rich history of one of Uganda’s oldest kingdoms– Buganda Entrance is free but you should tip your guide.

NAMUGONGO UGANDA MARTYRS SHRINE

The Catholic Church dedicated the shrine to the Martyrs of Uganda who shed their blood because of the Christian faith. The Shrine is well known for its beautiful and unique interior and exterior, but it is especially notable for its shape and architectural plan: the 22 copper pillars-over 100 feet long that support the shrine built in form of an African hut and its wooden doors that depict the history of the Martyrs. The Shrine has a capacity 1000 seats arranged in a circular form.

The shrine is located 15 kilometers east of Kampala off Jinja Road, Namugongo was formerly a place of execution of all people who committed grave offences in the kingdom of Buganda. It is here that 14 of the 22 Uganda Martyrs offered their life to Christ (burnt alive), on the orders of King Mwanga in 1886, having refused to denounce their Christian faith. Following the holocaust of these Martyrs which reached a climax on 3rd June, 1886 Namugongo has steadily taken on the image of attraction as a place of pilgrimage, as God simultaneously has honoured them before Believers.

NDERE CENTRE, KAMPALA

The Ndere Troupe performs a repertoire of more than 40 authentic Ugandan dances and songs accompanied by various indigenous percussive, stringed and wind instruments. It is set on amid beautiful tropical gardens, houses a wealth of Ugandan culture in the middle of Kampala. In addition to a café and craft shop, there is an outdoor stage where regular performances take place by the dazzling Ndere Troupe – comprising dancers, singers and musicians from across the country.

Ndere Centre regular events include Family Hour, World Music Night, Kids’ Corner, Food Feasts and Cultural Night. The multi-award winning Ndere Troupe has been gracing stages for almost 25 years with high quality performances that have resulted in worldwide appreciation and fame.

HANDCRAFT

This is a practice that has been passed down from generation to generation. Uganda’s handicrafts reflect the diverse history, culture, popular cuisine, environment and beliefs of its tribes. Pieces are created according to the necessities of the people in each region, as well as the availability of natural materials.

Woven baskets are essential in the Ugandan home – a large, lidded basket keeps millet bread warm, while a small basket filled with groundnuts is offered to visitors as a symbol of friendship. These baskets, along with beautifully crafted bowls, are colored with vegetable dyes and woven into intricate patterns to display the skill of the craftsperson.

Bark cloth is a traditional material – this stiff, vibrant orange fiber was once used to make clothes but is now often used to produce wide-brimmed hats – perfect to take on safari!

Wood is used for making items such as bowls and spoons – carved to accentuate the grain. It is also use to create elegant ornaments, particularly native animals and figurines, which are sometimes produced of polished ebony. Stools, plaques and musical instruments are also hand carved in Uganda – including the long envamulre flute, which is played to thank the gods for a good harvest. Other musical instruments which make unusual souvenirs include hide drums and adungus – melodic stringed instruments from Uganda’s West Nile region

COMMUNITY WALKS

Walks through rural communities’ offers the most rewarding insight into daily life as a Ugandan, and the tours are conducted by guides from those same communities themselves. See people perform centuries-old trades such as the housewife grinding millet with flat stones; the blacksmith pound a machete into shape; and the traditional healer selecting medicinal plants to treat sick or injured neighbors.

You will have the chance to visit a traditional homestead, and learn how people cook local dishes, work and entertain themselves without electricity or running water. Also you will see village school set up with funds from tourism. Or meet a traditional birth attendant – a lifeline for mothers in remote areas. You can even visit a distillery – where the potent banana gin waragi is produced.

Customs in each community reflect the local environment – from the chilly Rwenzori foothills and mist-clad slopes of Bwindi, to the parched savannah and tranquil banks of the River Nile – and the story of each community is told by the village elders, as it has been from generation to generation.

Encountering Uganda’s stunning array of wildlife is a moving experience for any visitor –, aslo meet with the people who stay surrounded by bold gorillas, enormous hippos and cheeky chimpanzees?

NATURE WALKS & BIRDING

Nature Walks are offered around the country – whether you are looking for an endemic three-horned chameleon in the Rwenzori foothills, a striking greater blue Turaco in the forest canopy or a bushbuck darting between the trees in Kibale National Park. Trained guides from rural villages offer tours of the surrounding hills, forests and wetlands, their also experts at spotting secretive creatures hiding in the foliage, as well as pointing out native medicinal plants and recognizing the calls of rare birds. This is an excellent way to get to know the native wildlife alongside the people who know it best.

And of course, the scenery is breathtaking – with lush papyrus wetlands, volcanic peaks, cloud forest and waterfalls – be sure to bring a pair of binoculars and your camera!

Generating income through the preservation of the natural environment encourages local communities to conserve the wildlife and habitats that surround them. The Nature Walks will not only be enjoyable for you, but also help to ensure that the landscape remains untouched for Ugandans and visitors to enjoy well into the future.

 

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