Top Must Visit Sites in Uganda
Uganda is endowed with a diversity of spectacular tourist sites ranging from wildlife, culture, food, nature and many others that can be explored while on your safari to the “The Pearl of Africa”.
Below are some of the top must visit sites in Uganda;
Namugongo Martyrs Shrine
This one of the most visited religious site in Uganda and East Africa. Every 3rd June of every year, hundreds of Christian pilgrims gather to remember the death of their fellow Christians who died due to failure to give up their faith. Their death was ordered by Kabaka Mwanga ii of Buganda.
Nyero Rock Paintings
Nyero rock paintings are located in Kumi district in Eastern Uganda. The site comprises of 6 rocks set within a few hundred meters from each other in 3 separate rock shelters. The rock paintings are believed to have been left by the early inhabitants of the area and they illustrate concentric circles, animals and canoes.
Nyero rock painting is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.
Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru
Located on the outskirts of Fort Portal town in Kabarole, Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is a cultural and historic site with rock formation of stalagmites and stalactites with a rich cultural history attached which form scenic caves and waterfalls.
The Kasubi Tombs
The Kasubi tombs were declared a UNESCO world heritage site and they are the main burial ground for the kings of Buganda kingdom.
Speke Monument on the Nile River
The Speke monument is located in Jinja adjacent to the source of the Nile with beautiful scenery and views of Lake Victoria and the River Nile. On this spot John Hannington Speke stood and discovered where the Nile begins from. The area is also spectacular for nature walks and bird watching.
Sempaya Hot Springs
Sempaya hot springs are the most famous attraction in Semuliki National Park situated in South West in Bundibugyo district at the border of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The name Sempaya was derived from a Swahili word “sehemu mbaya” which means difficult. Due to the difficulty of the construction of the FortPortal – Bundibugyo road.
There are two hot springs in Semuliki, the male and female hot springs located in different places within the forest each with unique features.
The male hot spring is locally known as Biteete while the female hot spring is known as Nyansimbi. The Bamanga local people hold the hot spring sacred and they believe their ancestors live underneath the hot springs and therefore pray and worship them.
The temperature of the hot springs goes up to 103°c with steam and this boiling water can be used to boil food stuffs such as eggs.
A walk to the hot springs takes about 30 minutes going through the forest with views of several bird species and monkeys such as black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, grey cheeked Mangabey and others.
Besides visiting the hot springs, there are other activities to engage in while at Semuliki and some of these include; bird watching, Batwa cultural tour, nature walks, among others.
Other sites in Uganda include; all the ten national parks, Bahai temple, walumbe pits, Uganda museum, kabaka’s palace, the national mosque and many others.
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Other Sites in Uganda include:
- Rwenzori mountain national park the UNESCO
- Bwindi Impenetrable is also a UNESCO site where Uganda gorilla trekking tours and safaris are conducted from.
- Baha’i Temple
- The Walumbe pits. And several others. And all these can be arranged by Jewel Safaris LTD