UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda
There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda which are also among Uganda’s major tourist attractions. There sites include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Kasubi Tombs. The two sites, Bwindi and Rwenzori are national parks and Kasubi Tombs is a cultural site. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is popularly know for being a home to the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. Gorilla trekking, Uganda’s biggest tourism earner is the major safari activity at the park. Rwenzori Mountains is the main adventure trekking destination in Uganda. Kasubi Tombs are for cultural and education tourism since it has a strong attachment to Buganda kingdom.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is a tourist attraction found in south Western Uganda and is a habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda. The park is a home to almost half the number of the estimated 1000 gorillas living in the world today. Gorilla trekking safaris are the major activities in this vast park, that is also a home to several bird, insects and primate species. The plant life in the forest is also amazing. Bwindi has over 120 mammals including the forest elephants, leopards,chimpanzees, rare species of primates like monkeys, over 200 different butterflies and about 347 bird species.
This is a Ugandan national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site found in the Rwenzori Mountains. Measuring about 1,000 km² in area coverage, the park also has the third highest mountain peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m) on the african continent. There are several waterfalls, lakes and glaciers in the midst of a beautiful plant life. Rwenzori is a home to many natural habitats of the endangered species plus a wealthy and uncommon plants among which, the giant heather.
Kasubi Tombs – The Kabakas’ Gravesite
The Kasubi Tombs is a cultural site in Kampala which is the burial ground for the Kabakas (Kings) of Buganda plus some Royal Family members. The site with a unique traditional architecture is a significant spiritual and political centre for the Baganda people. Four Kings so far are buried at the historic 64-acre site. The kings buried there include Muteesa I (1835–1884) and Mwanga II (1867–1903). Daudi Chwa II (1896–1939) and Sir Edward Muteesa II (1924–1969) are also there. Kasubi Tombs is one of the major highlights during Kampala city tours.