Buganda Cultural Trail

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  • Duration: 10 days

Buganda is a subnational Kingdom within Uganda. It is located in the south-central region of Uganda. The people of Buganda are referred to as Baganda (the singular form is Muganda) their language is referred to as Luganda. Buganda is home to the nation’s political and commercial capital, Kampala, the country’s main international airport, Entebbe; as well as the home of the second largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria.
The king is called the Kabaka and always the cultural leader of the Baganda.

Sovereignty of leadership has always belonged to the male child from the royal family. Neither woman nor any other person not from the royal blood can reign in Buganda. Join us on this Five-day Baganda cultural trail as you learn more about Buganda’s monarchy, her territorial expansion, governance system, the colonial impact on Buganda, as well as the fateful constitutional crisis of 1966 and political developments.

Day 1
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Our guide will meet you at Entebbe International airport and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for Dinner and Overnight at your hotel or homestay.
Day 2
Buganda Trail First Half

After breakfast, start with a visit to the Kasubi tombs; a royal burial ground for the kings (Kabaka’s) of Buganda kingdom. The Kasubi Tombs located 5kms from Kampala is a huge dome-like structure that houses the remains of four former Buganda kings: Mutesa 1, Mwanga 2, Daudi Chwa 2, and Edward Mutesa 2. It was constructed in a traditional fashion with thatch poles and reeds, housing a variety of artifacts that belonged to the kings. The descendants of the king’s wives look after the site. Visit the Kabaka’s lake, a manmade lake that was dung by the Baganda on the orders of king Mwanga,he wanted to create a cannel that could his palace to lake Victoria. And Naggalabi Coronation site is a very important place in the Buganda kingdom,it is the historical heart of Buganda,it is here the kingdom was birthed at the dawn of 14TH century and it is here that every king of Buganda is been crowned. This has happened for over 700yearsthere are unique things to see at this site these include the “nalwoga pond”, where for the event is got from. The grass thatched houses and the “Muwafu tree” which acted as court where the kings’ settled disputes. Relax for lunch break at your hotel.

After lunch proceed to Katereke prison ditch that was constructed by the late ssekabaka kalema who was an Islamic sympathizer to imprison all his brothers and relatives who were potentials to ascend to the throne. He controversially ruled Buganda in 1880 after exiling kabaka mwanga from his kingdom. Two months after mwanga’s exile kalema ordered for the arrest of all princes and princesses who he suspected to be his rivals.Many were rounded up and exiled to katereke and then proceed to Wamala tombs housed in an attractive traditional thatched domed building which are the burial site of Ssekabaka Muteesa 1, the 29TH king of Buganda kingdom who invited missionaries to Uganda. It was during his era that the Arabs and notable explorers arrived to Uganda and opened to the outside world.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel or Community based accommodation. B.L.D.

Day 3
Buganda Trail Second half
After breakfast, we will embark on our tour with the visit to Bulange kabaka’s parliament and after we will take a royal mile walk to the Kabaka’s palace known as Lubiri, or Mengo is the palace of the King of Buganda. It was built in 1885 and measures in impressive 4 square miles. Our guide will pick you from the Royal place. See the fire place locally known as” ekyoto ggombolola” which is lit by those from Nakisinge clan, this fire never goes out. The fire symbolizes that kabaka stays in the palace and he is still on the throne, it is twice a day at 5am and at 5pm.it is mainly lit by the mutuba tree and it will only go out when the kabaka has passed on or no longer sits on the throne. You will see military machinery used fallen presidents Idi Amin and Milton Obote when they attacked the palace in 1966.see a weather beaten Rolls-Royce one of Kabaka muteesa’s prized possessions and Idi Amin’s underground torture chambers and take you to Namirembe & Rubaga Cathedrals. From Namirembe, you continue to Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine where over 30 Ugandan Catholic and Protestant men were burned to death on the orders of the Kabaka Mwanga for their refusal to renounce their faith. The Church of the Namugongo Martyrs has been constructed near the site, and is the focus of pilgrimages. Today, June 3rd is a public holiday in Uganda to commemorate the executions. Wind off the day with the visit to Bahai temple, the only temple of the Bahai faith in Africa. Return to your hotel for Dinner & Overnight.
Day 4
Ssezibwa Falls
In the morning after our breakfast, we transfer to Namugongo shrines to see the Uganda martyrs who were killed on the orders of Kabaka (King of Buganda) Mwanga. Lunch will be served, and then proceed to Sezibwa Falls (known locally for having been born by a human being). According to the Buganda legend, hundreds of years ago, a woman called Nakangu; from the fox clan was expected to give birth to a set of twins but instead gave birth to two rivers – two streams Lunch break in Jinja town and after we will precede to the Kyabazinga’s palace of Busoga Kingdom and old colonial buildings in the town.
Day 5
Craft Markets-Ndere Cultural show
In the morning you will join our guide on a shopping spree visit Kampala African craft markets including Buganda road, Banana boat, and the one behind national theater. We will wind off the evening at Ndere cultural centre and witness Uganda’s Cultural Ambassadors. The multi-award winning Ndere Troupe has been gracing stages for almost 25 years with high quality performances that have resulted in worldwide appreciation and fame. Ndere Troupe has also made memorable experiences for countless people and organizations by performing at the different milestones in their lives.