Uganda safari tour sites namely; Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Buganda at Lubiri and the hill of Bulange the home to the famous parliament of Buganda along the Kabaka Anjagala road also referred to as the Royal Mile.
Buganda Monument stands as a huge split drum locally referred to as
Engalabi featuring other smaller drums locally known as Nankasa
representing a complete set of drums that are used in the Buganda
Kingdom whose existence date far baack to the ancient times and
recognised among the few Kingdoms of Africa that are still standing.
monument received much more credibility when the Ministry of Tourism,
Wildlife and Antiquities registered it as an object of monumental value
to the inventory list of historic properties and places in the Uganda
that would as well be of interest to the travelers on Safaris in Uganda.
Nantawetwa Monument, the restricted access gap in the middle of it is
only a preserve of the Kabaka as he transfers from Lubiri to Bulange.
The direct road connecting Lubiri and Bulange affirm that these two
places are on a straight axis as it is believed in the Buganda
traditions that the spirits watching over Kabaka walk in a straight
line. Another belief states that the straight road was made to make sure
that the King is not obstructed along his way between these two places.
It is also noted that the strategic location of Bulange hill had a
protective motive for the palace as it would be easier to spot out
enemies that might attack the palace.
The Nantawetwa Monument rises
to 11m in height with a diameter area of 12.8 metres featuring a shield
and the spear hanging in between the split drum representing the
Kingdom’s emblem appearing in the Buganda Flag. The Monument’s
impressive outlook makes it of interest to the traveling public
including visitors on Uganda Safaris.
The splitting of engalabi into two pieces has no any cultural
attachment but only to provide for access through the roundabout. The
Buganda Monument was put together by three (3) teams including the;
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), SASA Architects along with Global
In the process to give the monument a node, the
Commissioner of Museums and Monuments in the Ministry of Tourism Ms.
Rose Mwanja Nkaale issued a letter to Jenifer Musisi the Executive
Director of KCCA noting that the property was voted to be of national
significance by the team of conservators and the respective certificate
will be given out at the respective time. The monument’s association
with the great activities and events in the historical kingdom of
Buganda gives it a worth attention.
The recognition of the Buganda
Monument in the list of national inventory of the same gives it an
advantage in the fields of preservation along with publicity that would
in turn attract the traveling world on tours in Uganda to explore it thus contributing to the Kingdom’s revenue.