DAY 1: VISIT TO KASUBI TOMBS
The kasubi tombs are located 5 kilometers away from the center of Kampala in Kasubi hill. It is the burial cemetery of 4 of the last Buganda kings, all the princes and princesses their direct descendants ate buried at the back of the main shrine. Built in the 13th century, kasubi tombs are just one of the 31 royal tombs spread across the Buganda kingdom. Other smaller tombs are found in places like kyaggwe, singo, busiro. The tombs are one of the leading heritage sites in Uganda because of its cultural and national value. Its main tomb (Muzibu- azaala- Mpanga) is an awesome piece of local artetechutre and the largest grass thatched building in Uganda. It was uniquely made out of bamboo and wood which makes it outstanding from others.
DAY 2: VISIT TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Nearly half of the remaining mountain gorillas live within Bwindi national park in Uganda. It’s one of the three places in the world where travelers can see these critically endangered animals in the wild. located in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi national park covers 124 square miles of plains and montane forests famous for its bio diversity. Besides the iconic gentle giants, some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds and 202 species of butterflies live in the park.
DAY 3: UGANDA MUSEUM
Founded in 1908, the Uganda museum in Kampala is considered one of the best museums in all East Africa. The museum’s extensive collection is divided among exhibits on Ugandan history, culture, science, natural history and archeology making it a great first stop for the first time visitors to get a thorough introduction to the country. Highlights of the Uganda museum collections include an exhibit on traditional instruments, fossilized remains of an 8 million years extinct in Napak rhino cultural village filled with recreated traditional homes from various Uganda tribes.
DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
This massive park is located in the countryside of Uganda a home to the famed Rabonga forest, the Nile river and plenty of wildlife. Travelers will find hippos, chimps, and plenty of crocodiles on the visit to this stunning natural wonderland.
Travelers can take a boat cruise along the Nile and get up close to the bathing elephants, water buffaloes and the massive hippos. Game drives through the vast savannah showcase the best of this country’s wildlife including giraffes, warthogs, baboons, honey badgers and even an occasional lion! Some your outfits after birding adventures for those who want to check winged creatures off their life list and chimp walks through the Landscapes thus giving visitors once in a lifetime access to these incredible primates. Travelers can further support the unique female’s run collective through purchasing some handmade items and soveniours.
DAY 5: VISIT TO LAKE VICTORIA
Although famous for being the source of the Nile, Lake Victoria also boosts the title of being the world’s largest tropical lake. Despite its diverse species, scenic shores and vital role in local industries, much of the African great lakes remain off the beaten track making it the ideal gateway from Uganda’s bustling cities. Lake Victoria is now one of the most popular destinations in East Africa due to its untapped island fossil sites and the generally quiet and private atmospheres that offers peace and tranquility.
DAY 6: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Lake Mburo national park is a natural haven for flora and fauna whereby the bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippos are permanent residents not forgetting buffaloes who come to drink water during the dry season. The wide variety of resident birds include malachite, kingfishers, African fish eagles, rufous, long tailed starlings, blue headed weavers, pelicans and even the rare shoebills.
The best way to visit the park is to book a tour from Kampala with an early morning start. As Uganda is situated along the Equator, the journey offers the opportunity to stop and stand over the north and southern hemispheres. A day trip consists of a guided safari drive through the park with a stop at one of the lakes for lunch. You can also add a guided nature walk or perhaps a boat ride for a chance to see the crocodiles up close. For the bravest embarking on a treck to Rwenzori mountains, visiting Lake Mburo comes as a pleasant and well deserved break at the end of the trip.
DAY 7: UGANDA MATRYS SHRINE NAMUGONGO
Somewhere in Uganda is the small town of Namugongo is a magnificent site, the Uganda martyrs shrine which is a must visit for anyone interested in Uganda’s faith based tourism while on your Uganda tour. It stands tall with the grandeur of an ancient Cathedral whose structural design derives its inspiration from the African hut. This basilica has 22 copper pillars over 100 feet long supporting the shrine, with the capacity to accommodate 1000 people whose seats are organized in a circular form. A lake was excavated in the Marty’s honor and bares a pavilion which takes the form of a modern boat. It has a deck like feature on which the altar for the Holy Mass is found and a cabin beneath the altar bearing the sacristy. Deeper is the fact that it stands as the land upon which 15 of the 22 martyrs were burnt alive on the orders of king Mwanga for their refusal to denounce Christianity. The catholic young men include: Kizito, John Mary, Mzee, Balikudembe, Charles lwanga, Buzabalyawo and Bruno sserunkuma among others were beatified and canonized collectively as saints under the reign of Pope Benedict XV1920.
3rd June is the day on which Ugandans celebrate Marty’s day and for the past 96 years, it has not been an ordinary day in the town. The atmosphere is usually sweaty upon body and pilgrims walking through visible exhaustion yet thriving on the spiritual inspiration drawn from these brave young men and women. You will not miss the sight of hawkers and vendors selling items ranging from soveniours of the martyrs to teddy bears. On a Uganda tour, a visit to this Museum will give you a visual walk through the life of the martyrs and their deaths, some by slaughter and others by grueling holocaust. Where the tongues of Ugandan’s elders have grown weary of recounting historic events, the young and imaginative minds have through sculpture and paintings, through folk songs and architecture preserved for Uganda’s history for posterity.
DAY 8: UGANDA NATIONAL MOSQUE
Located at the Kampala hill is the Uganda national mosque in old Kampala. it seats up to 15,000 worshipers and can hold another 1,100 in the gallery while the terrace will cater for another 1,500. Colonel Muamar Gadhafi of Libya commissioned the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the moslem community which serves as the headquarters of Islam in Uganda. The country has very many mosques but this one is a skyscraper mosque. Here, you will experience the history of Islam in Uganda and with 270 steps no place in Kampala has the best view as the mosque tower.
DAY 9: MENGO PALACE(LUBIRI)
Built in 1885, mengo palace is the historic official residence of the Buganda king. This is one of the most famous sites in the history of Buganda. It happens to be the royal home of the kabaka. It is positioned in Mengo a suburb of Kampala city and has been in existence since 1885 founded by King Daniel Mwanga 11 who succeed his father King Muteesa 1 in 1884. The reason why it’s called twekobe (working together) it’s because it was a union of the 52 clans making up Buganda by then. The official residence has four main gates and each gate has its own purpose and meaning i.e., the first gate is called wankaci which is the main gate to the king, Queen and the prime minister. These are the only respected people who are supposed to go through it. The other one is called kalala next to wankaci, around kalala, it’s were the king is expected to marry a beautiful woman and he would expect her to be at kalala. The third gate is called Nalongo gate and this is where the king’s gifts are brought in form, the fourth is caked ssabagabo gate which the king uses to go through for only personal issues and where he uses normal cars in a secret way and no one should know that the king is moving out. To note, the kabaka’s palace which is located on top of mengo hill has got very many selling points inside such as the fire place at the entrance which keeps burning day and night and above all the torture chamber where idi Amin tortured thousands of people till death. The palace has acted as a tourist attraction to people around and within the area. Many people find it interesting to basically visit the Idi Amin’s torture chamber.
DAY 10: THE UGANDA PARLIAMENT
Open to the public, a visit to Parliaments is an interesting way to spend an hour or two. You can either tour the building or see the government in action during the sitting. In the main building, you will find a stunning huge wooden cultural map of Uganda featuring the country’s flora and fauna. The parliament is open to the public and make sure you are decently dressed.
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