Humans tend to cling onto some things in their past; even people who claim to loathe history still have things in their past that they cannot let go of. Although the contemporary talk is “forget your past and move on into the future”, a journey backwards does not hurt at all but rather offers us opportunities to encounter details in our past that we might have missed. On a safari to central Uganda, tourists have a similar opportunity to travel back in time without using any sophisticated scientific technology. The Kasubi Royal Tombs will continue to interest domestic tourists but foreign travelers will be wowed even more.
You might be wondering
what there is to find among the dead, but these tombs have a lot more
than that to present to the eye and to the ear. The royal tombs at
Kasubi are the perfect place for religious and cultural enthusiasts, and
for people who just want to dig deep into the arts, beliefs and
traditions of Uganda’s largest ethnic community, the Baganda; this is
where it all zeroes down to.
A Uganda Safari
may lead from any part of Kampala City to Kasubi which is situated on a
hill, and here guests will see a clear blue and white signpost with a
delightful message “Welcome to The Kasubi Tombs”. You will leave your
vehicles and head towards the gate to the tombs and as you walk through
the gates you will realize a whole new world. At the gate you will feel
like transitioning from the modern to the ancient traditional world.
and Safari guests will be welcomed by friendly tour guides (some who
grew up serving in the tombs) and they will lead you through the clean
compound that separates the round straw thatched buildings which hold
some of the richest cultural heritage on earth. No wonder UNESCO
declared the tombs a World Heritage Site (WHS). Apart from containing
some of the ancient regalia of the Baganda people, the buildings display
the traditional African architecture of most ethnic groups in Uganda
which includes the wooden poles which support the straw-thatch that
The greatest and largest of these grass-thatched huts is the highlight of the Kasubi Safari and tour
adventure and bears the name Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga. This is also the
largest hut of its kind in the entire world and is over a century old.
The site was first constructed in 1881 by Mutesa I the then Kabaka
(king) of Buganda as a palace of his own. When he died, the site was
transformed into a royal mausoleum in which Mutesa I and three other
kings of Buganda were buried (Danieri Mwanga, Daudi Chwa II and Edward
Although Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga was hardheartedly torched
on 16th March 2010 destroying some of the remains of the fallen kings
like the vestiges and portraits of the four kings and Mutesa’s stuffed
leopard, the structure has fortunately been rejuvenated and is ready to
receive Uganda tours and safaris visitors again.
The authenticity of the represented at the Kasubi Royal burial grounds
is something to fall for. Guests will be requested to put off their
shoes before entering the buildings and this will give them the
opportunity to feel the blessed royal ground with their bare feet. At
Kasubi the people of Buganda kingdom believe that the fallen kings
live-on and that they are willing to bless all their visitors. Perhaps
you will also walk out of the Ficus-bark fence having been blessed. A safari to the tombs is highly enjoyable and is undeniably one of the best experiences that the pearl of Africa has to offer.
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