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Bilajari Uganda is very rich in culture and has a strong cultural heritage with a couple of Uganda cultural sites split up in different regions of the country. Almost each and every tribe in Uganda has either a kingdom or chiefdom which has been the tradition ever since. Kingdoms and Chiefdoms was first demolished over 40 years ago not until the incumbent president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni revived the idea of Kingdoms in Uganda shortly after taking over power in 1986. The fact that Uganda has always had a strong cultural heritage has left it with so many cultural attractions. Planning for Uganda cultural sites safaris? See some of the sites you ought to visit below.
Bahai House Of Worship is one of the most sought Uganda cultural sites It is called the ‘Mashriqu’I-Adhkar’, the Persian translation for ‘the dawning-place of the praise of God’. It is also the Mother Temple of Africa. Built about 50 years ago on Kikaya Hill, four miles from Kampala on the Gayaza Road, the Bahai Temple soars above every other landscape.
In clear view of Kikaya Hill, from as far as 3km away in all directions, the soaring temple, perched on the hill’s crest, blends with the scenic view that projects harmony and joy. Arranged in rows, the exuberant flowerbeds spread out to form columns of gardens that widen from top to the foothill. It is a constant reminder of the proclaimed Christian imagery of the narrow path to heaven’s gate. The peace and quite in the lush gardens beckons hundreds to always travel to Africa’s only Bahai Temple.
In Rubaga/mengo adjacent to one of the seven major hills of Kampala and Uganda cultural sites, only a few meters outside of the city center A few kilometers from the city center, is a magnificent jewel to the Buganda kingdom. A serene water body dotted with numerous birds like the little egrets is a positive legacy of Kabaka Mwanga ll- the Kabaka’s lake. The Kabaka’ lake is one of the few in probably Africa’s longest-surviving man-made lakes.
The Magnificent views of the lake are enhanced with the frequent the surrounding air later on settling on the green island in the middle and the outstanding Kabaka’s palace. The occasional crossing of people in dugout canoes is also evident on the lake.
From far, the eyes cannot fail to catch the sight of a whitish pinnacle towering the normally blue sky. As one approaches, one is gripped by that special feel of a godly environment, with a heroic atmosphere of the Martyrs given by the imposing giant structure of a shrine. This is Namugongo where now people flock daily in Tens and thousands to honour and pray to God through the intercession of the twenty two Uganda Martyrs.
This Uganda Martyrs Minor Basilica/Shrine is a Catholic church dedicated 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.
They are steeped in Ganda cultural history. In 1882, Kabaka Mutesa relocated his palace to Nabugala hill and renamed it Kasubi Hill after his birth place some 50km away, and when he died in 1884, Kasubi Hill was abandoned in accordance with Ganda custom upon the death of a King who was then buried there. Mwanga who succeeded him established a new capital at Mengo Hill but when he died in 1910 in a break from tradition, Kasubi rather than Mengo was the burial place of Mwanga and after him more kings. The tombs of Daudi Chwa II who ruled from 1879 to 1939 and Edward Mutesa II who died in 1969 in exile in London but whose body was returned to Uganda in 1971 are at Kasubi. Constructed in the original palace of Mutesa, it contains several huts of Ganda traditional architecture built from poles, reed, thatch and bark.
The famous Nyero rock paintings are claimed to have been structured by the very early people who settled in the area. Some sources claims the extinct Batwa clanthat currently resides South East of Uganda could be having roots in the area. This was confirmed by several archaeologists who made several comparisons of the prehistoric rock art. Kumi District is mainly occupied by the Itesots at the moment.
If you are thinking of a Uganda cultural sites Safari that links to the East then you should consider having two or more hours reciting the history of these mystic rock art paintings. It’s one of those attractions you will fall in love with. A portion of tourists who make respective destinations to Nyero Rock Paintings also get a chance to explore the 3 caves around the landmark. Our Uganda Safaris that that stretch to the wild frontier region of Kidepo Valley National Park or Mount Elgon National Park have this sight-seeing activity on the Itinerary.
The Ndere cultural centre, located in the middle of stunning gardens, holds a lot of Uganda’s culture and is found in the center of Kampala. Other than the café plus the craft shop at this centre, there is a beautiful outdoor stage on which frequent performances are made by the entertaining Ndere Troupe which includes musicians, dancers plus singers and from different parts of Uganda.
Common events here include Cultural Night, World Music Night, Food Feasts, Kids’ Corner and Family Hour.
Uganda is Africa’s cultural microcosm. Ndere Troupe captures the amazing cultural songs, dances and unique instruments from the 56 nationalities (tribes), weaves them with humorously informative stories and presents them in an authentic but artistically developed spectacle every Wednesday and Friday at 7pm, and Sundays at 6pm an experience not to be missed by the entire family. For international guests to Uganda, this is the best introduction to Africa’s culture and ways of life, and firm bridge to your own country and culture.