Besides the traditional Uganda Safari products that include wild game viewing and Primates, the destination has got a rich niche of religious tourism that can be taped to enhance the tourism receipts.
Popularly known for its Uganda Martyrs who
were murdered on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda in the last
quarter of 1800s, the destination Uganda has got great religious sites
including those that have been shaped by such unique events which have
got the capacity to pull world believers to take up religious tours to Uganda.
Martyrs Shrine where the Uganda Christian converts were murdered in
cold blood on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga and now houses catholic and
Anglican shrines while the waters / small lake that the chief executor
washed off blood his hands stand on the hill of Namugongo and has become
a center of Pilgrimage attracting a range of believers especially on
June 3rd every year when believers gather to commemorate the
Martyrs. It is actually the icon religious event and is even attended by
those on Uganda Safaris and tours.
Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, the destination Uganda features other
important religious sites such as the Gadhafi National Mosque the
headquarter of the Islamic faith in Uganda and the second largest Mosque
in Africa, Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedral for Anglicans and Catholics
respectively, the Baha’i Temple the only Temple of the Baha’i Faith on
the continent of Africa and the Shree Swaminarayan Temple for the Hindu
community presenting religious diversity and a wide spread experience
for those who may wish to explore them for education and research since
it is among the reasons why people take Safaris to Uganda.
had her traditional religions before the coming of the modern religion
and these still remain in various parts of the country with
traditionalists still gathering at what they consider as sacred places
to worship and do offerings. Such religious sites include among others
Nakayima tree in Mubende. All these combine to prove a strong potential
for religious tourism development in Uganda.