February 2, 2023

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5 Most Significant Historical Monuments in Uganda

Uganda has a variety of statues, buildings and sites that inform us about her past, during and after the times of colonialism. They hold a lot of history regarding Uganda’s traditions and culture some of which are still practiced while others led to evolution of the current practices and items. In Uganda, we have numerous historical monuments scattered across the country, each with its own interesting story. If your trip[ is limited to capital Kampala, you still have a great opportunity to visit some of the most popuar historical sites like the Independence monument, Kasubi tombs, War memorial, the Gadhafi Mosque and Sir Edward Muteesa 1 monument. To easily sight and get to important historical monuments in Uganda, organize for a guided tour with Mumwe African skimmer safaris and travel around with a professional safari guide.

Uganda connects with her heritage through historic buildings and sites. If you are interested in taking a photo at one of the most popular places with that significant history, then consider visiting one of these monuments.

The independence monument

Gaining independence from colonialists is something every country is extremely proud of. As for Uganda, a monument was put up to commemorate our achievement of getting independence from the British colonial masters in 1964. The monument is located opposite the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala city. It is of a woman in bondage raising a child towards the sky. This is a symbol that Uganda was finally raised from the chains of colonialism.

There is a small garden at this independence monument, therefore you can pack your lunch and enjoy a picnic there. The place is open for visitors 24/7.

Source of the Nile, Speke monument

The source of the Nile is one of the most sought out sites in Uganda. This legendary place is located in eastern Uganda in Jinja, also known as the adventure capital of east Africa because of the various adventurous activities done there.

John Hannington Speke was the first European to see the source of the Nile, a point where the river leaves Lake Victoria to start the longest river journey in the world. It offers stunning views of the lake plus the river itself and then the scenic surrounding, animals and countless birds. If you want to get the best of such a trip to Jinja, then don’t miss out on the boat cruise along river Nile to its source.

Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine

Did you know the first Africans to be canonized as saints were Ugandans? They were a group of 22 Christian converts that were killed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II in Namugongo where we have the present day Namugongo Martyrs Shrine. The shrine was constructed in honor of the 32 young men, pages of the Kabaka who were burnt on 3rd June, 1886 because they refused to renounce their faith. The martyrs were Catholics and Anglicans.

Namugongo shrine is built with 22 copper pillars over 100 feet long. On the 3rd of June every year, Christians travel from different parts of Uganda, East Africa and the other parts of the world to Namugongo to celebrate the lives of the Uganda Martyrs. Some years record hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at this religious site. You can visit Namugongo martyrs Shrine during your Uganda safari at any time of the year.

Kasubi tombs

Kasubi tombs, a very important site in Buganda that was first constructed in 1881 and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. It has multiple shrines but the main and biggest shrine is a burial ground for four of the kings of Buganda (kabakas). Located about 45 kilometers from the city center of Kampala, you can hire a car with a driver to take you there plus other touristic areas around the capital.

Get to Kasubi and learn about the social, political and spiritual state of the people of Buganda. Visitors remove their shoes when entering the shrine, sit of the mats and the site guide narrates an interesting piece of history about the kingdom, practices and the culture. The first shrine of the Kasubi tombs got burnt in March 2010 and was reconstructed. It still preserves its story.

Fort Gerry (Fort Portal)

Constructed between 1891 and 1893, this monument was formerly known as Fort Gerry until its named was changed to Fort Portal in 1890. It was named after Sir Gerald Portal, a British Commissioner who declared Uganda as a British Protectorate. Fort Portal is a great historic monument represents the times when the colonialists lived in this beautiful town.

The town was named after the monument as “Fort Portal town”. In addition, this town has lots of attractive sites and landscapes including crater lakes, the numerous rolling hills and a prominent cultural site called Amabere ga Nyinamwiru. Fort Portal town also has a lovely climate and offers spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is one of the destinations in Uganda that you can enjoy fully on a guided safari. It can as well be toured on self drive.

For details about the historic monuments in Uganda and how to visit them, contact us via info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call us on +256-700135510 and speak to our travel consultant. Whether you want to hire a car for self drive or you need it with a driver, we got you covered with the best safaris and car hire services.