Kasubi Tombs

Kasubi Tombs of Buganda Kingdom

Kasubi Tombs is situated at Kasubi hill in Kampala – the capital city of Uganda. The tombs sit on 30 hectares. Most of the site is agricultural, farmed by traditional methods. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. Today, Kasubi Tombs is counted among the world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. The tombs are built in traditional style; principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. The site’s main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.

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Kasubi Tomb is the burial place of Buganda kings and royal family. Among the kings buried here include Mwanga; Daudi Chwa II; and Edward Mutesa II, father of the current kabaka, Ronald Mutebi II – broke with tradition and chose to be buried here instead of in their own palaces.

The huge thatched-roof palace was originally built in 1882 as the palace of Kabaka Mutesa I, before being converted into his tomb following his death two years later.

The tombs were sadly destroyed in an arson attack in March 2010; fortunately construction to restore them is under way, with expected 2016 completion date. Outside, forming a ring around the main section of the compound are the homes (fortunately not damaged by the fire) of the families of the widows of former kabaka. Royal family members are buried amid the trees out the back, and the whole place has the distinct feel of a small rural village.

Other Buganda tombs include Wamala tombs – also under renovation to reach the high stands for tourists. Wamala tombs is situated in Wakiso district – 3 km from Bwaise in Kampala.

According to Mathias from African Jungle Safaris, the tombs currently receives very few tourists compared to the time before they were burnt. He advises the committee responsible for the re-construction of the Tombs to do it as fast as possible because tourists ask and eager to visit the tombs and learn about the Buganda kingdom ways of life. Contact Mathias at info@rwandasafarigorilla.com information about Uganda safaris, Rwanda gorilla safari prices and Kampala tours. He will give you free advise about any travel query in Uganda and Rwanda.