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Kasubi Tombs: Where Four Kings of Buganda Rest

Kampala is not only a visitors’ center for visitors to Uganda, it also has many historical, cultural, manmade and religious attractions. The Kampala’s most famous attraction is the Kasubi tombs. From Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs is located 5 kilometers away on Kasubi hill. The ground is a royal burial place for four kings of Buganda, anciently known as Kabakas. Now the burial ground of kings holds importance in the Ganda culture as it symbolizes the Ganda’s culture and history.

The tombs and palaces are great exemplary of ancient African architecture, hut made of reeds, different types of spears and their pet animals. The entire area shows their lifestyle. All year round, traditional customs, ceremonies are carried out in this place. On the new moon night, a ceremony and consultation medium is held between the tribal people and the kings. But the ceremonies are carried in very secretive manner, hidden from the outsiders, within the building.

The Baganda is a part of the tribe of Uganda who speak Bantu. The history of the king of the Baganda is said to be that first Kabaka (king) was Kintu who came here in Uganda with his wife Nambi. He did not die in battle or by something else, but he got lost in the forest of Magonga, and was never to be known.

The palace at the burial ground was first constructed by Kabaka Mutesa I in 1882. The traditional of the Baganda is very interesting like according to the tradition of Baganda, the if the king dies, he should be buried at different site, and his jawbone was to be removed and place in the a royal shrine which should be made at different site as it was said that jawbone carried the spirit. But when Kabaka Mutesa I died (1856-1884), he was buried in his previous palace with his jawbone.

Later his son, Mwanga II who happens as expected like his father Mutesa. But he was staying at the Seychelles Islands, and when he died (1910) his remaining were brought from there and buried beside his father. The Mwanga II also had a son, Daudi Chwa II; even he ruled and died in 1939. He got respectful burial, like his fathers, at the tombs too.

Daudi Chwa’s son, Edward Muteesa, took over his father position and with changing world; he became governor of the Uganda province. After achieving so much, he died in London in 1966. His body was brought here and united with his father and ancestors, in the tomb.
The reason why the tombs of the great kings hold so much significance is because old traditions was broken at the site when Four kings of Baganda were obscured simultaneously. Since then, every descendent of the 4 kabakas are buried behind the main shrine. It has become a royal cemetery of Buganda kingdom.

As soon as you reach the royal burial as well as the religious place of Buganda, the first thing you will notice is the magnificent gatehouse, known as Bujjabukula, which is an entrance to the site. The roof of the gatehouse is supported by the wooden poles and wall is built of interwoven reeds. The gate goes to small circular house, called as House of Royal drums. There are many small houses, which was dwelling place for the Kabakas widows, and for other rituals in the main courtyard.

Behind the Kasubi and other royal tombs has back door, which leads to the forest. Inside the forest, the royal kabakas tombs are kept and most of the ceremonies like new moon and other rituals are carried there only. The back door is cover with cloth curtain and only kabakas widows and their descendents are allowed to go in there.

However, the Kasubi Tombs is a great place to view royal insignia like drums, spears, photographs, shields and medals of the buried Kabakas. The structure is very impressive to see – the wooden poles structure draped in backcloth, the ground are swathe with palms leaves mats and grass. The thatching of the roof was done by the Ngeye Clan and the Leopard clan carried out the work of decorating the poles. The backcloths used to decorate the poles are made of soft back of a fig tree. The fig tree has a very important in the Uganda’s rituals.

There is a unique tradition or rule, cant say, but people at that time didn’t allowed the Thatchers to have intercourse until the thatching work doesn’t get completed and plus, ladies were not allowed to enter the house as believed that it would cause leakage in monsoon. The Ganda culture’s 52 clans are signifying in the 52 rings that support the roof of the structure.

The Kasubi Tombs are great exemplary of heritage as well as rich tradition of the Baganda people. Inhabitants consider that every person’s death has a sacred origin and there is communication linked between the dead and the living. The people of Uganda have great respect for this place as their fore fathers, rulers and tradition lie here even today.

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5 Amazing spots for Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda

Of all destinations to visit in East Africa, Uganda is one of a kind. With a diverse range of attractions, Uganda delights visitors with a number of things from favorable climatic conditions, impeccable hospitality services, and accessibility.

For first-timers, a trip to East Africa wouldn’t be complete without this center of natural wonder. That’s why it is easy to understand why even most customized safaris to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo include a few days to Uganda.

Travelers have different interests, some come for the big game, Mountain hiking, Gorillas and others come for the man’s closest relatives – the chimpanzees.

For all primate enthusiasts, there is a lot to relish if you choose Uganda as your first stop for a once in a lifetime primate experience. Below are the top spots to include in your Uganda safari so that you enjoy spectacular chimps’ encounters in Uganda.

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Forest Reserve is one of those untouched destinations that travelers often visit for Chimpanzees while in Uganda. This reserve is home to a range of primate species including chimps, blue monkeys, velvet, baboons, black and white Colobus monkeys. Kalinzu has a community of chimpanzees that are fully habituated and open to tracking excursions. Though Chimpanzee tracking is the main activity that draws adventurers.

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is termed as the primate capital of Uganda. This forest park is inhabited by thirteen primate species including the chimpanzees. Other primates are grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys. The main attraction for this park is chimps tracking, where a large number of chimps are open to public viewing. One can enjoy a both normal (last for 2 hours) and chimps habituation experiences (lasts up to 6 hours)

Budongo Forest Reserve

Budongo is situated in the northwestern part of Uganda – part of the Murchison Falls conservation area. It has two major tourist sites that include Kaniyo Pabidi and Busingiro Ecotourism site. This reserve is known as a chimp’s habitant. Visitors to the forest engage in Chimpanzee tracking and forest walks.

Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura gorge sited in a valley is home to about sixteen habituated chimpanzees which are always available for the primate lover. Although they are rarely seen mostly in the dry season. In addition to chimp tracking, the gorge offers stunning views of vast landscapes and a few streams.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island was mainly established to provide habitat to a number of rescued and orphaned chimpanzee primates. It is currently home to over 49 chimpanzees and can only accessed by a boat. Visitors to this protected area participate in chimpanzee feeding, care giving and volunteering.

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5 Best Destinations for Family Safaris in Uganda

Many wonder where to go and enjoy great times and moments, get nice photo shots  with friends and family but Uganda is one beautiful country in Africa for fantastic family holidays that  impact lives. Uganda is full of stunning views and wildlife whether you are in the game reserves or looking around at the nearby surrounding. The best part of Uganda family tours is that everyone is always active no matter the age. Make sure you head to Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi forest, Kidepo Valley, and Kampala city.

Attractive Murchison falls

It’s well worth to part with a few dollars for a ride on the might falls of the Nile, visit the top of the falls, start the day with a morning game drive and also end it with an evening one. The largest wildlife park in Uganda also a finest Uganda wildlife safari park features all you need for a perfect family holiday in Uganda. Nature is all over, wildlife in plenty, beautiful views, cool breeze, relaxing leisure ambience, primates, birds, good equipped lodges and hotels among others.

Bwindi Forest National Park

Some travelers think visiting Bwindi forest when you not above fifteen year of age aren’t worth because you won’t track mountain gorillas the main park attraction. However, there are several tour activities that the children can do when the elder ones go for gorilla trekking in the jungle forest. How about a nature walks through the forest and sees other park wildlife, or a tour to the park waterfalls. The entire park is simply stunning and it captures the tension of every visitor to Uganda. Be one of the few to explore the wonderful jungle forest with friends and family.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

It’s hard to take to take eyes off Queen Elizabeth National park when it comes to Uganda family tours because is just too much to enjoy together as a team. Imagine a moment close to hippos and crocodile on the Kazinga channel, a nice game drive to see tree climbing lions of Ishasha, the Equator caption, watching hug elephants move in groups and spotting various wildlife species in the park. But if you feel like tracking the chimpanzees, Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest reserve will offer you the very best chimpanzee safari experience in Africa. As per the name “Queen”, Elizabeth is simply the finest place to enjoy a family tour in Africa. The park has several accommodations facilities with good family units so no need to worry about where to stay.

Kidepo Valley National Park

The only place in Uganda to enjoy game viewing all day both in the park trails and at your lodge of residence. The park boarders Masai Mara Kenya so wildlife is in plenty. Also the Karamajong culture makes every smile looking at how they live dress and dance. If you planning for a family safari tour in Africa and you want your family to have a clear glance at attractive wildlife especially the Big five, Kidepo Valley National Park is your place to be in Uganda. Kidepo is one of the great game reserves in Africa and it has always been a place for wonderful wildlife safaris.

Kampala city

Kampala Uganda capital has various fun tour activities for all people young and elderly. From the amusement parks to the night life and many various cultural and religious sites. Don’t miss a chance to spend time with your family in the famous children play grounds, Wonder world, Freedom city, garden city roof top and many others.

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Camping in Uganda: 5 Most Beautiful Camping Spots

Camping is one way of adventuring Uganda sleeping out in nature amidst whistling birds, insects, roaming wildlife and shining stars above you and vegetation itself. While planning to camp in Uganda’s national parks, make sure you have the right necessities like camping gear, including tents, warm clothing as it really gets freezing in the night. Camping in Uganda’s national parks is done at designated sites within a park. Beyond these points may be dangerous with possible attacks from wild animals. Some of the national parks ideal for camping include;l

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the diverse national parks that you cannot exhaust its beauty. This is the most sought-after park for wildlife safaris in Uganda and it will not disappoint you. It is well endowed with a lot amazing flora and fauna. The park is home to 0ver 76 mammal species, birds, reptiles, primates, crater lakes, the rift valley escarpment, Kazinga channel and many others. The open verdant plain savannah grassland is worth to visit with so many other nice places for camping like Kasenyi Safari camp that will reward you with view of warthogs, elephants, water bucks, kobs, hippos, and in the night you will sleep amidst the roaming sounds of lions and hyenas other campsite in Queen Elizabeth National Park include; Simba Safari Lodge, Uganda Wildlife camping ground and many others.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the largest conservation areas in Uganda. It is located in the north 305 kilometers form Kampala. The park is extended to Budongo forest a home to various primate species, Karuma Wildlife Reserve, while the banks of the Nile River host crocodiles and dense population of hippos. Murchison Falls National Park alone hosts of buffalo, giraffe, elephants and lions. The boat cruise will reward you with views of these animal species and many species of birds especially the endemic rift valley birds and water birds.

While camping in Murchison Falls National Park, there are various campsites such as Sambiya River Lodge bandas, Kaniyo Pabidi, Shoebill Campsite and many others.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The 33 square kilometer park proves to be the smallest national park in the Virunga massif protecting the world’s critical endangered mountain gorillas. The park also is covered by the three volcanic mountains; Gahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo Mountain. While hiking these volcanoes you will be able to spot golden monkeys. Accommodation for camping in Mgahinga is not yet fully developed but you can as well arrange for camping to feel nature at Mgahinga Community Campground.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The snow capped mountain at the peak is dubbed the most beautiful mountain national parks. Rwenzori is Africa’s tallest mountain range and fifth highest peaks that are visible from miles around. The park is usually visited by hikers who are the rewarded with clear views of the rift valley escarpment. Rwenzori has 217 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles like three horned chameleon ,amphibians, mammal species  that include: elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, bush buck, primates like chimpanzee, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys are common. While hiking, visitors can camp at the different campsite and at the top of the mountain. Other campsites include Ruboni community camp site at the park entrance.