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Ndere Center

The name Ndere is derived from the noun ‘endere’, which means flute.

The flute is our symbol of choice and inspiration, because:

  • It produces dynamic, beautiful and sensibility music which caters for different emotions and moods drawing attention without being overtly intrusive, gently awakening without crudely shocking, stimulating happiness and creating a conducive atmosphere for deep reflection and creativity.
  • It is the only musical instrument known to us which is found in all world cultures. Like the red blood that flows in all our living bodies despite our external differences, the flute blows in all our living cultures.

The fact all world cultures could spontaneously (but separately) create and intrinsically enjoy the sound of the same simple hollow pipe, is proof enough that we are all equally human.  We believe that the only way to create world peace and harmony, is by emphasising  the human commonalties, as we respectfully enjoy, and get enriched by, the diversity, variety and versatility in all human cultures.

Their Vision is to rekindle, rehabilitate, galvanise, promote and sustain the positive sense of pride, confidence, self reliance and efficacy, of the Ugandan (African) person as a respectable, rightful, equal, admirable, responsible, relevant and contributing member of the global human family.

Their aim is to diligently research into, carefully master, respectfully develop, constantly update, creatively beautify, articulately present and diplomatically represent Uganda’s (Africa’s) indigenous civilisations, endowments, values, arts and cultures as a promotion of our positive identity; constantly keeping them at standards that consistently meet and serve contemporary and future tastes, needs and intellectual expectations; using them to cause positive socio-economic transformation at individual, community and national levels; linking them to the rest of the world to foster international understanding, cross-cultural appreciation and enrichment; safeguarding, preserving and  propagating them for posterity.

Prices for the shows

Adult Ugandans 20,000/-
Adult Non Ugandans 30,000/- or $ 15
Children 15,000/-

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Ziwa Rhino sanctuary

Visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Home of Baby Obama and now Baby Bella - The first baby Rhino born in Uganda in 27 years.

Rhino Baby Obama was born to a Kenyan Father and an American mother.  Bella is also a new addition born in the first week of October.

Come meet, and support the rhinos!

Brought to you by Challenger Tours and Travel ltd

These are dark days for the rhinos all over the continent. Uganda was home of thousands of Rhinos some years back. The war years of 1970s along with excessive hunting and poaching, Rhinos became extinct by 1983, but were re-introduced into Uganda in 2005 by Rhino Fund Uganda. White rhinos are now being bred again in the 7000ha Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 70 km south of the Murchison Falls Park and their mission is to reintroduce small herds of rhinos (around five at a time), whilst retaining a nucleus breeding herd in the sanctuary. Rhinos are hunted for their horns.  The horns are made into handles for daggers and swords in places such as Yemen and ground into medicine in China. A pound of Rhino Horn can cost over 50,000 USD.  Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is protected by 24 hour security and a solar powered electrical fence.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda.  You will find sanctuary on 176 km north of Kampala on the Gulu highway just before Murchison Falls. The highlight here is the rhino tracking. Come meet the rhinos! 
The sanctuary ranger will meet you upon arrival and give you an introduction to our sanctuary and some information about our rhinos.  Depending on where the rhinos are, you will drive to the closest point and approach the rhinos on while walking. 
You will then have a chance to watch the rhinos in their habitat at a very close and very safe, point.  This is another wonderful African experience. These creatures are magnificent and you’ll also have a chance to watch them at a close range while grazing!
Tracking excursions lasts about 1-2 hours. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda and see Rhinos up close in the wild of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. There is decent basic but nice and clean lodging and tasty food and drinks for those wanting to spend a night on their way up or from Murchison Falls NP.  

Good birding in the grounds where you can walk freely as you keep an eye open for large grey shapes that may be nearby. The place also has several Bushbucks and Reedbucks that are habituated on the lawn. If you spend a night here, Rhinos usually show up and you can watch them munching on lawn.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary does great things; it's nice to know that the profits from food and accommodation are going towards the breeding programme of these amazing creatures, and the eventual release into the wild of the rhinos

You can add Ziwa Rhinos to any Murchison Falls Safari and see these majestic animals up close.

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Gaddafi National Mosque

why locals love it?

Like New York has the Statue of Liberty,Paris has the Eifel Tower,London has the London Eye,and Kampala has the Gaddafi National Mosque.The mosque is named after late Gaddafi helped finance its construction when funds ran low. The late Colonel Gaddafi of Libya built the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the Muslim population.

Why you should visit it

Even many locals don't know that you can climb to the top of the minaret. It has a gorgeous view. With the discomforts of tourist voyeurism, cultural consumerism, and political demonstrations of economic might aside, this is an awesome (and very quick) thing to do in Kampala.

Special tip

Women have to dress in traditional Muslim outfits, and get an exhausting walk up the stairs to the best view. The Muslim outfit is provide by guides.

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Namirembe Cathedral

Namirembe Cathedral is Uganda's oldest cathedral. The brick red Anglican Cathedral with the impressive dome is also known as St. Paul's Cathedral. The first church was built on Namirembe Hill/ Mengo in March 1890. The cathedral is visible from much of Kampala. Interesting is the graveyard which includes the remains of Bishop Hannington, who was murdered 1885, and the Cooks, who established Mengo Hospital. Bishop Samuel Sekadde is the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese. Sunday Service in English is at 7.00 a.m. and Luganda Service at 10.30a.m.

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Forest Park resort

Forest Park Resort, one of Uganda’s quietly preserved recreation centers located just outside Kampala city.

They invite you to enjoy the beautiful man-made lake and beautiful surroundings, a wealth of activities, and great service.

Local and famous music artists always have mega shows and concerts for their fans especially during the holidays.

At Forest Park Resort; We've designed everything for your utmost comfort, enjoyment and relaxation. By the end of every visit we want our guests to leave the resort with sweet and memorable experiences.

LOCATION

Forest Park Resort
Mityana Road, Buloba
Wakiso, Uganda

HOURS

Monday — Thursday
8am — 11pm
Friday — Sunday
11am — 11pm

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Rubaga Cathedral

Rubaga Cathedral is one of the more known places of worship and architectural beauty in Uganda. Perched at the top of Rubaga hill, the cathedral is one of the leading religious and touristic attractions in Kampala. Rubaga is an imposing site as it is important in the religious, health and education lives of many people in Kampala.

Just three (3) kilometers from the city center, St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral as it is officially known stands regal at Rubaga.

Many people who have visited this place, Catholics and none Catholics alike remember Rubaga Cathedral as a beautiful architectural wonder of the Romanesque era. It might have been built by some of the earliest missionaries (early20th century), but the magnificent piers, carved windows strewn with colour rich paintings of catholic saints and the upholstery mosaics make for a great edifice even today.

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The Batwa Trail

The Twa, known as Batwa, are pygmy people who have lived in the Albertine Rift Valley region since immemorial time.

Batwa are storytellers and dancers, whose reputation reached up to the ancient Egyptian court. The legend says that their god, Nagasian, charged them with the responsibility of being the “caretakers of the forest”.

Their society’s origins in the forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga is dating back nearly 60,000 years, making them one of the oldest groups of people inhabiting the earth.

Traditionally, the Batwa have been a semi-nomadic hunter gatherer people of the mountain forests. Due to clearing of the forests for

agriculture, logging, development projects, or creation of onservation areas, in recent decades the Batwa were removed from the forest and given no compensation, making them like refugees.

Batwa communities were found in the forests of Uganda, Rwanda, Eastern Congo, Burundi. They have relocated in areas far from the forests and many of them have found new sources of income as others became destitute. In 2000 the number of Batwa was about 80.000 people distributed in different countries.

Twa children have little access to education and their communities have limited representation in local and national government. Due to their pygmy ancestry, they continue to suffer ethnic prejudice, discrimination, violence, and general exclusion from society. It is also common to assist to the commercialization of the Batwa for tourist activities which have nothing of original or interesting.

The following Batwa cultural activities are true cultural experiences which link conservation and development as an eco-tourist projects.

The Batwa Cultural Experience in Bwindi Forest:

The Batwa Cultural Experience is a 100 acre forested site next to Bwindi Forest in Uganda. This is an ecotourist site created by the Batwa Development Program (BDP), a registered organization founded primarily by donations of Kellermann Foundation. The project was created with the objective to educate the children and to sensitize the world to the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Batwa. Moreover, it generates income through ecotourism activities.

The Cultural Experience is a very interesting journey through the forest, following the Batwa guides explaining about the typical life of the ancient Batwa, how they collected wild honey, how they were hunting. You will visit the traditional dwellings and participate in traditional dances. Learn about the medicinal plants.

The Batwa Trail of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The Batwa Trail of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwest Uganda is a “cultural tourism product” that ties a culture back to the forest that it depends on. The aim is to support the Batwa community to settle outside Mgahinga Gorilla National Park creating a better world for them,

This tourism product was officially launched in June 201 by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) and the Kisoro District local government, with the support from the African Wildlife Foundation / International Gorilla Conservation program and other partners by using the knowledge of the Batwa’s forest-base culture to support the community.

The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the two volcanoes Muhavura and Gahinga, a forest containing rich biodiversity including the mountain gorillas. Led by local Batwa guides, visitors experience the forest through the unique perspective of the Batwa. Moreover, this activity has relaunched the small and little known Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is only 33.7 square kilometers (and therefore the presence of gorillas cannot be stable in this small area).

During this moving cultural encounter tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate bamboo cups. Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, a 200 meter-long lava tube beneath Mt. Gahinga that was once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a striking and moving sense of the richness of this fading culture. This is truly a unique experience for visitors to learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous people.

The price of the activity in 2014 is 100 USD per person, which is divided as 50 USD to Uganda Wildlife Authority and 50 USD to the Batwa.

Destination Jungle supports these activities, since they are genuine and authentic projects, not commercial ones, but aimed at the real development of Batwa communities, moreover offering to visitors an unforgettable experience.

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Lubiri Palace

Olubiri is the official residence for the ruling King in Buganda. In Buganda, it was customary for a new king to choose a hill where he would build a new palace. This palace would become the new capital of the Kingdom and the King was free to rename the place as he so wishes.


However, the site chosen always had the following elements;

  • It was always a very big land to accommodate many houses and a large number of people.
  • The place chosen by the King always had command on all the major roads to all parts of the Kingdom.
  • The Kings also preferred to be near the Lake Victoria for easy escape in case there is any invasion or rebellion.

For security reasons, there was a court-house which was always built facing the main gate to the palace. In other wards, the court-house and the palace faced in the same direction. This was done in order to accommodate the belief that the spirits walk in a straight line and that there is no obstacle in the King`s spirits` way. In Buganda, there is one official palace situated at Mengo called Mengo palace and it`s considered to be the capital of the Kingdom. All the official functions in the Kingdom are performed from Mengo palace. However, the ruling King has a right to own his private palace apart from the official palace at Mengo. Some of the private palaces include Bamunanika palace in Bulemeezi, Nkoni palace in Buddu which were built by King Sir Edward Muteesa II, Salama palace and Kikeera palace which were built by Sir Daudi Chwa, Banda and Kireka and these were built by Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. As we earlier mentioned, Mengo palace is the official palace for the Kingdom and it is hereditary. It is the official residence for all the Kings of Buganda. In this palace, we find the Kabaka`s official house called Twekobe.

Mengo palace covers a very wide area and it`s covered with an extensive fence around it. It was constructed by Ssekabaka Mwanga11 in 1885. When he took over the throne in 1884 at the age of 18, he first put his palace at Masaja. While at Masaja, Mwanga thought of shifting his palace to another palace. He had always admired Nkaawo hill on which members of the Nvubu clan kept their grinding stones (Emmengo). These grinding stones were used by members of the Nvubu clan to grind herbal medicine. Mwanga decided to construct his palace at Nkaawo hill before the grinding stones were shifted. However, when the palace was completed, it immediately started facing a lot of problems. Mwanga was advised to collaborate with members of the Nvubu clan to transfer the grinding stones to Mbazi in Kyaggwe. It`s from these grinding stones (Emmengo) that the name Mengo was adopted.

The palace became Mengo Palace and the hill became Mengo hill. When the palace was complete, it caught fire which destroyed all the important documents for the Kingdom. This scared the King so much that he ran away from the Lubiri and took hostage with the Roman Catholic Missionaries at Nalukolongo. He later left the Missionaries and went to live with Mukasa who was Katikiiro to his father Ssekabaka Muteesa II;. While at Mukasa`s place, lightening struck and destroyed everything at Mukasa`s home towards February 1886. The Kabaka ran away from Mukasa`s home and went to Munyonyo where he put up another palace at Mulungu hill near Lake Victoria.

His Majesty Ronald

Muwenda Mutebi II,
Kabaka of Buganda

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Casino Simba

Casino Simba is in Kampala, Uganda and is open Mon-Thu noon-6am, weekends 24 hours. The casino's 16,684 square foot gaming space features 100 gaming machines and twenty-two table and poker games. The property has one bar.

 

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Uganda’s monuments

Uganda’s independence era monuments had aspects of both Nkrumah’s imperial grandeur and Nyerere’s modest popular participation and shelter. The Obote Medallion hanging from Independence Arch in front of Parliament recalled the protective father-of-the-nation intended in Ghana’s triumphal arch, although in a more modest, arguably African, functional aesthetic.

Kampala’s 1962 Independence Monument, set in an open park, preceded Tanzania’s monuments of communal reflection and unity rooted in a sturdy past, while also straining toward a hopeful modern future. However, as the historical background of Uganda’s monuments demonstrates, Uganda’s monuments had distinctive characteristics of their own, such as an a-political open competition to design the relatively human-scaled Independence Monument.

As a result, Gregory Maloba, one of the first graduates of Makerere University’s art school, designed Independence Monument with strong elements of ambiguity about both the divided politics of the new nation and the dubious prospects for a united future.

Prime Minister Milton Obote, in no small irony, chose the same sculptor to design a second monument of transcending proportions (Independence Arch), effectively barring access to the new nation’s representative assembly, with a strikingly different message, imposing Obote as the fatherly authority and personal unifier of the nation.