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Cultural, Religious and Community based trips

Cultural, Religious and Community based trips

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CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY BASED TRIPS

Mengo Palace (Lubiri or Kabaka’s Palace)

It is located in Kampala district on Mengo hill and it is the official residence of Kabaka Mutebi II. It has four gates which are; Wankaki the main gate, Kalala meaning beautiful ladies, Ssabagabo and Nalongo. The Buganda Parliament is located opposite the Palace and the road from there is called Kabaka anjagala road because of the 52 trees a long side the road called Kabaka anjagala which means the King loves me, each tree represents a clan since the Buganda kingdom has 52 clans.

The palace has different tourist attractions like:

1
The torture Chambers

These were built by Idi Amin in Mengo palace where thousands of people died most of them from hunger, suffocation and electrification. The chamber has five cells or rooms and each housed five hundred people. They were built by the Israelites on the orders of Idi Amin. It was supposed to be a weapon place or store but turned into a torture chamber (place of killing people). The chambers had metallic doors, built with electrified water and no windows.

2
The Kabaka's lake

It is a manmade lake found in Mengo Palace. It was created by King Mwanga Daniel II in the 19th century. It’s the largest lake of the traditional interlacustine Kingdoms of the area to day known as Uganda. It has also been used traditionally for Royal regattas and other ceremonial occasions. This also served as a tactical Military buffer and sanctuary for the Kabaka.

3
Kasubi tombs

The Royal enclosure on Kasubi hill, also known as the Ssekabaka's tombs, was first built in 1881. The circular site contained many structures including the tombs of four Kabakas of Buganda; Muteesa I, Mwanga II, Daudi Chwa II and Sir Edward Muteesa II. The tombs were held in straw thatched buildings. The site remains an important spiritual and political site for Baganda people. In 2001, the tombs were declared a UNESCO world heritage site. On 6th march 2010 some of the major buildings were almost completely destroyed by fire, the cause which is still under investigation. The tombs are being rebuilt by the Buganda Kingdom with the help of the Government of Uganda as President Museveni promised to assist in the restoration of the site.

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WAMALA TOMBS

They are situated in Nabweru, Wakiso district. 13kilometers along Kampala-Hoima road. They are housed in a good looking structure. The remains of Kabaka Ssuna the 29th and others are found here. Aside from that there are primordial spears and shields with backcloth. These tombs are still used for ritual ceremonies and visitors pay offerings to the dead.

5
Baha'i temple

It is called the Mashriqu'l - Adhkar, the Persian translation for the dawning place of worshiping God. It is also the temple mother of Africa built about 50 years ago on kikaya hill four miles from Kampala on Gayaza road.

6
Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo

It a place where 32 young men were burnt to death on 3rd June 1886 for refusal to renounce Christianity. some were Anglican and others Catholics. Every 3rd of June Christians from all parts of Uganda and other parts of the world congregate at Namugongo to commemorate the lives of the Uganda Martyrs and the dedication to their religious beliefs.

7
Namirembe Cathedral

It is one of Uganda's oldest cathedral. The brick red Anglican cathedral with an impressive Dome is also known as Paul's cathedral. The first church was built on Namirembe hill or Mengo in 1890. The cathedral is visible from much of Kampala and also Interesting is the graveyard which has the remains of Bishop Hannington.

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Rubaga Cathedral

It is a beautiful Roman catholic church which contains the remains of the first African Catholic Bishop and Archbishop of Kampala diocese Joseph Kiwanuka. It is a significant religious site in Kampala and visited by many tourists every year. It was restored during the time of Pope John Paul II's visit in Uganda.

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Volunteer Tourism

This is travel which includes volunteering to work on a project that will improve a destination's ecological or social wellbeing. In other words it’s travel that includes volunteering for a charitable cause, it varies widely in scope, from low skill work, cleaning up local wildlife areas to providing high skill medical aid. In this case you do something good while experiencing new places, traditions and customs of the local people.

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Pygmies

These are short statuted people living in the rain forest areas. They are basically hunters and fruit gatherers. They trade with neighboring farmers to acquire cultivated foods. They welcome tourists or visitors in their community as they go on with their day to day duties.

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