5 Great Cultural Places To Visit On Self Drive In Uganda

Uganda is made up of different historical ethnical groups separated into the Bantu people and the Nilotic-speaking people. Strategically divided by Lake Kyoga, the Bantu conquered East, central, south, and western Uganda while the Nilotics settled in the north and north-eastern regions of Uganda. Being home to about 56 tribes, Uganda is one the top cultural countries in Africa ready to offer you a feel of real local traditions and way of life.

Uganda’s culture is extremely going from the traditional music, dances, local cuisines, clothing, religions, sports, building fashions as well as ideas and norms. The ideal way to encounter and discover more about the culture of Uganda is by Self Drive or Car Rental With A Driver with the former being more affordable and relaxed while the latter is a much safer, more comfortable, and the most informative choice.

If you are preparing to self drive in Uganda for your next Uganda Safari and you are wondering which destinations will offer you a complete feel of Uganda culture, these 5 Great Cultural Places To Visit On Self Drive In Uganda will offer you an experience of the great cultural Kingdoms and local communities in Uganda.

1- Kasubi Tombs

5 Great Cultural Places To Visit On Self Drive In Uganda

This is Uganda’s great famous Kingdom, Buganda is home to multiple cultural places mostly found in the middle of Kampala city but there is nothing as famous as the Kasubi tombs. Announced a UNESCO heritage place in December 2001, Kasubi tombs are the burial grounds for four of the Buganda Kings locally understood as the Kabakas as well as members of the royal family. Once destroyed by fires in 2010, the Kasubi tombs have been reopened for tourism since last year permitting cultural lovers to understand about four of the multiple famous Kings in Buganda i.e. Mutesa I (1835- 1884), Mutesa II (1867- 1910), Daudi Chwa II (1896- 1939) and Sir Edward Mutesa II (1924-1971). A Self Drive road trip around Kampala city is the ideal way to discover the Buganda kingdom’s different attractions including the Kabaka’s lake, Palace, and Coronation grounds among many others

2- Uganda Martyrs Shrine

5 Great Cultural Places To Visit On Self Drive In Uganda

Internationally understood as the Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs, this shrine is a different extremely famous cultural place in Uganda found in Namugongo almost 17.5 km north-east of Kampala city. Each year on 3rd June, thousands of pilgrims occupy the Martyr’s shrine to remember the death of 22 catholic converts to Christianity who were killed in 1886 under the directives of Kabaka Mwanga II during a religious battle for political power in the Buganda Royal Court. The 22 Catholics were blessed by the Catholic church in 1920 and eventually declared to be saints in 1964 by Pope Paul VI in Rome.

3- Mparo tombs

This is Another known cultural place you should visit when you choose Self Drive Uganda. The Mparo tombs are the royal burial place for the Omukama Kabalega II, Kings & the Royal members of the notorious Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom. Occupying the area of six acres of land in Mparo village on the Hoima – Masindi highway, the Mparo tombs consist of round grass-thatched houses with reeds and wooden doors protected by the Royal guards day and night. You will even have a possibility to see the monument when Sir Emin Pasha met with King Kabalega for the first time to convince him to accept British rule.

4- Sezibwa falls

Located in Mukono 32 km east of Kampala on the Kampala-Jinja highway is Sezibwa Falls. This is a famous Buganda historical place famously visited by die-hard Baganda and King and royals desiring blessings and miracles as they think the falls have magical powers. Tourists on a Uganda safari love to visit this place not just for its attractive sights but even for different memorable activities to do including rock climbing, bird watching, primate tracking, and camping safari.

5- Uganda Museum

5 Great Cultural Places To Visit On Self Drive In Uganda

Launched in 1908 by the British protectorate government, the Uganda Museum is the oldest museum in East Africa and the ideal place to visit and learn more about the culture of Uganda. This museum exhibits ethnological, traditional life, and natural historical exhibitions. Uganda Museum is found just 5 km in northeast of Kampala city on Plot 5 on the Kira road. Some of the famous cultural objects on the display include traditional musical instruments, dressing, hunting tools, ancient weapons, archeological pits, and ceremonial rituals. There is a cultural village found behind the Uganda Museum for tourists who would love to test the local way of life of various Ugandan tribes and buy souvenirs that include milk pots, baskets, beads, ceramics, and leather pieces among many others.

Other Cultural Sites To Visit

5 Great Cultural Places To Visit On Self Drive In Uganda

Karambi tombs, Ndere Cultural Center, Isingiro Center, Bigobyamugenyi, Wamala tombs, Bahai temple, Nakayima Tree, and Nkonkonjeru tombs.

If you are preparing to Self Drive Uganda and would like to get a complete feel of the Uganda cultural places, then you can add the above-mentioned 5 Great Cultural Places To Visit On Self Drive In Uganda to your travel list. Simply Contact Us today and rent a car in Uganda by simply sending an email to info@fkcarrentaluganda.com or Call/WhatsApp us now at;- +256-707457134  to speak or chat with our reservations team.

By Faizo