2 Dec | Diana Peel | No Comments

Uganda and World War One

On 28th July 1914, World War One broke out, a war that would last four years, envelop 70 present day nations, and cost 10 million soldiers their lives. The colonies of the nations at the heart of the war were enlisted to fight for their colonial masters. Uganda was no exception. As part of British …


30 Jul | Diana Peel | No Comments

Uganda’s Jewish Community

At the foothill of Mount Elgon resides the Abayudaya, Uganda’s Jewish community, who have existed for 99 years. They number approximately 2,000, and are led by the Member of Parliament for Bungokho North, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu – the first native born black rabbi in Sub-Saharan Africa. The community is largely based at Nabugoye hill, just …


21 May | Diana Peel | No Comments

Uganda’s Muslim Martyrs

When one thinks of martyrs and Namugongo, you would be forgiven for thinking soley of the Christian martyrs, burnt to death for their faith in 1886, on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga. But the Christians were not the first people to die for their faith at Namugongo (although they would be the last). Ten years …


30 Apr | Diana Peel | No Comments

The Origins of Tooro

The kingdom of Tooro is in western Uganda, and is one of the five traditional kingdoms. Its seat is in Fort Portal, where the royal palace is built, and where the last three kings are buried. Toro was part of the Bunyoro Kitara empire until 1826, when the heir to the Bunyoro throne broke away …


16 Apr | Diana Peel | No Comments

A brief history of the North

When you think of attacks in northern Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army and their bitter three decade war comes to mind. However, the LRA are far from the first to wage war in the north. The Arab slave traders ventured into this part of the world in the 18th and 19th century, capturing men women …


9 Apr | Diana Peel | No Comments

How Jinja Became a Town

Jinja is famous as the start of the Nile’s 4000 km journey to the Mediterranean. It is the second largest urban area (with Njeru) after Kampala, and is the third most visited town in Uganda (after Kampala and Entebbe). But Jinja has not always been so prominent nor popular. When the source of the Nile …


3 Apr | Diana Peel | No Comments

Christianity Comes to Uganda

Christianity is now the dominant religion in Uganda, with around 85% of the population adhering to the faith. But Christianity is a rather recent import. The different tribes in what is now Uganda worshipped various pagan deities and ancestral spirits. They were not exposed to monotheistic religions until the Arabs traders came, followed a few …


26 Mar | Diana Peel | No Comments

Makerere and Amin

  Makerere University in Kampala was once known as the Oxford of East Africa. It was established in 1922 as a technical college by the colonial authorities. The Governor of the Protectorate of Uganda, Philip Mitchell spearheaded Makerere’s expansion to become a centre for higher education, and the college began to offer certificate course by …


8 Mar | Diana Peel | No Comments

Princess Clara Nalumansi

On women’s day, let’s celebrate women around the world, and remember a remarkable Muganda princess who died for daring to defy traditional gender roles, Princess Clara Nalumansi. She was the sister to Kabaka (King) Mwanga, who ruled Buganda kingdom from 1884 to 1897. Traditionally, royal women were expected to serve the king. They were not …


About Changing Horizons

Changing Horizons is a tour company which specialises in travel to sites of historical interest in East Africa.

Our tours take you to places that are identified with past events and experiences, such as sites of great discovery, like the source of the Nile, or sites of great sacrifice, like the shrine of the Christian martyrs.

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