Some of the locations we visit on the tours

Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine

The Catholic Church of the Namugongo Martyrs is built on the site where one of the Catholic martyrs, Charles Lwanga was burnt to death. His execution was part of a larger religious persecution of Christians during the reign of Kabaka Mwanga between 1885 and 1887. 22 Catholics are known to have been killed during this time have been canonised.

The Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine is part of our Martyrs and Kings Tour.

Lubiri Palace

The royal palace at Mengo was built in 1885 by the 31st Kabaka, Mwanga, and became the royal residence for Mwanga and his successors.  After the Battle of Mengo in 1966, which saw Kabaka Mutesa II exiled, the palace became an army barracks.  President Idi Amin had a military bunker built in the grounds, which he then used as a torture chamber.

Lubiri Palace and its grounds are part of our Martyrs and Kings Tour.

Jinja War Cemetary

Ugandan soldiers who fought and died for the British colonial armies are buried in Jinja War Cemetery. There is one grave from World War One and 178 from World War Two. Within the cemetery is a war memorial which commemorates the 127 East African regiment soldiers who lost their lives during World War Two, but whose remains are not buried in the cemetery.

Jinja War Cemetery is on our Return to the NileTour.

Rubaga Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral, Rubaga is the seat of the Catholic Church in Uganda.  It was built between 1914 and 1925 by the Catholic missionaries, who had been given the land on Rubaga Hill in 1885.  They had constructed ten mud and wattle churches on the hill, none of which survived, before building the current Cathedral.

Rubaga Cathedral is part of our Mini Kampala Tour.

Wamala Tomb

Wamala Tomb is the final resting place of the 29th Kabaka (King) Ssuuna II.  Wamala was Ssuuna’s palace, and it is the tradition for kings to be buried in their palace.  It is at Wamala that Kabaka Ssuuna welcomed the first Arab traders into the kingdom of Buganda.  It is said that the Arab traders were impressed by Ssuuna’s hunting trophies displayed in the palace

Wamala Tombs is on our Martyrs and Kings Tour

Speke Monument

The Speke Monument marks the spot where John Hanning Speke first laid eyes on the source of the river Nile, thus solving geography’s greatest mystery.  His achievement, however, was not recognised until after his death, when Henry Morton Stanley confirmed that Lake Victoria was indeed the starting point of the world’s longest river.

The Speke Monument is part of our Return to the Nile tour.

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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