The map with pictures of Fifty one (51) historical buildings along with sites that were sieved out of the 100 historical sites and buildings was completed and launched in a strategic move to facilitate the development of Uganda safari tours in Kampala city.
The historical buildings featured include Bulange which is the
Parliament of the ancient Kingdom of Buganda, Twekobe which is the King
of Buganda’s palace and the Churches like Rubaga and Namirembe
Cathedrals. These buildings and sites are re-known custodians of history
and culture which has at times prompted world travelers to plan safaris to Uganda thus worthy of preservation.
The Map was of recent launched in Kampala and was an idea of the
Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda implemented in conjunction with the
Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda museum
along with the Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board the bodies responsible
for management, preservation, promotion and sustainable utilization of
the identified sites also explored on safaris in Uganda.
The other buildings of great history featured on the map include the
Main Building of Makerere University, the Uganda Parliament, Baha’i
Temple, Railway Station, Kampala Mayor's Parlor, Old Kampala Police
Station, Hindu Temple, Old Mulago Hospital, the National Theatre,
Currency Building of the Bank of Uganda, Mengo Primary School, Treasury
Building and Uganda Bookshop among others.
Besides the historical
building, the map feature a range of historical sites including Kasubi
Tombs, the Kabaka Njagala Road, the Kabaka’s Lake, Amin Dungeon in Mengo
and the Independence Monument which are also re-known Uganda Safari products.
According to the Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda Executive Director
Emily Drani, this map took a count of two (2) years to compile
following a complex and systematic process. The selection process
featured sites and buildings constructed in the year 1969 and below, the
cultural importance attached to them, their openness to the owners and
the public, their ownership whether private or government and the no
restructuring or demolition plans.
The project was conducted with
the financial assistance from Bread for the World and Irish government
along with three (3) young men which include the Zaake de Conninck and
Kintu de Conninck. The value held in these heritage sites is really
significant for the national development as they help to connect the
past, present and the future. Therefore the map is expected to draw
consensus that will work towards continued existence of Kampala and the
national heritage which will in turn ensure the continuity of cultural safaris in Uganda
The map was launched by the Chairman of the Uganda Tourism Board Mr.
Tumusiime James who also reiterated the significance of cultural tourism
world over and its continued rise and greater financial generation than
the traditional nature tourism.
Donald Cronin the Irish Ambassador
to Uganda who was part of the launch noted that these buildings and
sites possess a considerable meaning whereby destroying them risks
culture continuity. The travelers including those on safari in Uganda
prefer learning about the people, their culture, history and many more.
The Ambassador dared Uganda to boost her tourism to generate a lot of
finances like Ireland that hosts over seven (7) million travelers per
year which are surprisingly greater than her population of five (5)