Five Cultural Heritage Sites You Must Visit
Nyero Rock Paintings – the oldest rock art in Uganda, the six sites are located in Kumi district, and date back to 1250AD. They consist of geometric patterns, made in red pigment. They are believed to have been created by the Batwa pygmy tribe of Uganda, and are symbols of fertility.
Kibiro Salt Village – a village on the shores of lake Albert, Kibiro has been producing salt for around 900 years, and is the main source of income for its residents. The salt gardens are covered with soil, which absorb the water, then the soil is leached and the scam boiled to produce the salt. This is traditionally done by women. The site is on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list.
Karambi Tombs – the final resting place for the last three kings of the kingdom of Toro. The first burial at the site was Omukama (king) Kyebambe Kamurasi in 1928. His son and successor, George Rukidi III was buried alongside him upon his death in 1965. The last king, Patrick Kaboyo Olimi VII, is also buried there, after he died in 1995. The three tombs all contain objects of cultural significance, such as spears, drums and lion hides.
Tanda Pits – some 280 holes dug into 50 acres on Tanda Hill, this, according to Buganda legend, is the site of the battle between Walumbe, the god of death, and Kayikuzi, the son of the creator, who had been sent to capture Walumbe. According to the legend, Walumbe created the holes in an attempt to hide from Kayikuzi, and succeeded in evading him, thus bringing death to earth. The site is now a shrine to Walumbe.
Shree Ganesh Hindu Temple – the oldest Hindu temple is situated in Entebbe, and dates back to 1922. The temple is a totem to the Ugandan Indian population, who migrated from the 1890s, and came to Uganda as merchants and to build the railway. Entebbe was the capital during the British Protectorate, so the first merchants settled there.