Kings Palace- Bulange Mengo: Lubiri (Mengo) is the palace of the Kabaka (king of Buganda).This palace was built in 1885 and it is estimated to cover 4 square miles. Opposite the palace, there is a spired Bulange, which acts as Buganda’s parliament building. It is free for someone to enter this parliament.
Bahai Temple: Bahai Temple which is found in Uganda is the only temple in Africa for the Bahai faith. The beautiful architecture plus well tented gardens that stretch over 30 hectares are some of the attractions at the site. This temple is found on top of Kikaya Hill in Kampala. The temple has nice-looking windows which filter beautiful light into it.
Kasubi Royal Tombs (Masiiro): This is a world heritage site that receives the highest number of cultural visitors in Uganda. This site experienced retaliation when it was burnt by unknown people. However, it is being reconstructed by Baganda people in order to restore their historical trace. Kasubi Royal Tombs is where kings of Buganda are buried and it is highly respected.
Kabaka’s Lake: This is found near Mengo and it is Buganda Kabaka’s Lake. The lake covers about 5 acres just on the outskirts of Kampala. This lake was created during the regime of Kabaka Mwanga (in 1880) mainly for his enjoyment inform of fishing and swimming. The Kabaka had a plan of extending this lake to lake Victoria with an aim of creating an escape corridor during times of war, but this was not achieved. A cultural safari to this historical lake comes with other tourism activities like birding and spot fishing.
Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine: This is an historical site in Uganda which brings back the memory of the 30 Ugandan Catholics and Protestants who were burnt to death. These martyrs were burned on 3rd June 1889 on the orders of the Kabaka. A historical building was constructed at the site and it contains all the details about every martyr. Every 3rd of June, both Catholics and Protestants make holy pilgrimages to this site and it is a public holiday in Uganda.
Kagulu Hill:On 11th May 2013 Busoga Tourism initiative and Uganda Tourism Board opened up Kagulu rock officially as a tourist and cultural site in Uganda. This was following up on the promise by Uganda tourism board to continue diversifying the tourist products on the Uganda market which include Gorilla tours, wildlife safaris, birding safaris, adventure tours and other cultural sites and experiences already in Uganda.
Kagulu Rock is located in Buyende district which is 30 Km off Kamuli town. It is about 4 hours drive from Kampala the capital of Uganda. The hill rises at approximately 3,500 ft above sea level with great 360-degree views around it. Since 2003, many people especially foreigners have been enjoying rock climbing at Kagulu Hill but with no proper development and limited facilities to use. This year Busoga Tourism Initiative decided to interest many other tourism stakeholders and domestic tourists to start rock climbing as an alternative experience from water rafting and hiking in forests to combine the cultural heritage of Busoga and rock climbing.
According to Busoga Tourism Initiative, Kagulu Hill is a mystical wonder, which marks the first settlement area for Basoga people who migrated from Bunyoro led by the then Prince Mukama. This is believed to his settlement and later his Kingdom seat due to its high altitude that allowed him have great views of the surrounding. Although the cultural value of Kagulu extends to cover a wide area, the remaining and visible landmark is the Kagulu hill. The hill sits in between two roads that divide at the foothill to lead to Gwaya and Iyingo areas.
Kagulu hill is also among a handful of hills in Uganda that have been adapted for tourism with continued rock climbing opportunities. One side of the hill has several steps all the way to the top for someone not keen on going the rough way but do not be fooled taking the many steps is equally strenuous. At the top is a spectacular 360 view with an expanse of green vegetation and views of Lake Kyoga found in northern Uganda.
If you are keen on an adventure, you can add an experience of Kagulu rock climbing on your Uganda safari. Kagera Safaris attended this occasion and we highly recommend this experience for anyone interested in adventure, scenery and photographic moments with the main activity being rock climbing.