Historical Sites in Uganda

 

Kasubi Tombs

Kasubi Tombs

The Kasubi Tombs

 

 

These royal tombs of the Buganda Kings are a UNESCO World Heritage site and only an hour drive from Uganda’s capital, Kampala.  Regarded as the major spiritual center for the Buganda people, four successive Kabakas (kings) are buried here:

 

Mutesa I (1835 – 1884)

Mwanga II (1867 – 1903)

Daudi Chwa (1896 – 1939)

Sir Edward Mutesa II (1924 – 1969)

Sadly, the Tombs burned in 2010 but are being restored by The Madhavani Group, Uganda’s largest private corporation and parent company of Premier Safaris and Marasa Africa.

 

The River Nile

 

Considered to be the world’s longest river, although disputed by some.  Referenced in mythology, Biblical writings and by Ptolemy, the ancient Greek astronomer and geographer, the mighty Nile inspired many early explorers to search for its source. 

 

European adventurer John Speke was the first Westerner to confirm the origins at Lake Victoria in Jinja, Uganda.  Considered to be the birthplace of civilization, the stunning beauty of the Nile has amazed all who have encountered her through the centuries.

 

Approximately 6400km long, the average discharge is 3.1 million litres (680,000 gallons) per second, making the Nile a world-class destination for white water rafting and kayaking.  In calmer sections, the River Nile is also superb for sport fishing where 200kg Nile perch are the prize.

River Nile

River Nile

Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru

Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru

Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru

 

The caves, approximately 10 km from Fort Portal, are known for their quite unusual formations of stunning stalagmites and stalactites that resemble breasts and have a milky like substance that drips every 25 seconds. 

 

Culturally this site is rich with historical lore.  Nyinamwiru was the beautiful daughter of King Bukuku of the Toro and Bunyoro kingdoms.  She refused to marry the man her father chose for her and the punishment was cutting off her breasts.  Although another version says she cut them off herself.  However it happened, her breasts turned into rocks dripping with milk.

 

 

Fort Pakito

 

This is one amazing historical site in Uganda which is rarely talked about. The strategically located fort is believed to be 136 years old and stands on top of Ocecu hill in present day Gulu district found in northern Uganda.

 

Re-known explorer Sir Samuel Baker over run the slave habour which had been constructed by Arab traders as a trench to avoid the escape of captives.

 

He expelled over 250 Arabs and fortified the place hence the name it is known today. the fort is enclosed by a 16 feet wide and 15 feet deep and covers about 9.4 hectares.

 

Fort Pakito

Fort Pakito