Kasubi Tombs
Kasubi Tombs
3.5
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Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Ancient Ugandan royalty is buried at this site.
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MaikeM
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The main building, which I assume might be somehow interesting, is not open for the public because it is under reconstruction, the other buildings are covered in plastic covers, so not much to see there. You walk past some regular graves and a bunch of women cooking or cleaning (which felt really intrusive) and in the end the guide tries to sell bark cloth paintings to you. All this is done while stepping over garbage and rotting food stuffs and topped off with some sexist and really inappropriate comments on my body and general appearance. For this programme, you cough up a whooping 35.000 UGX per person. I wonder when UNESCO last visited the site.
Written March 14, 2020
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john c
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Super sketch, greeted by guard with a gun who told me to wait over in a different area for a guide “in 5 minutes or so” and once guide arrived, he read out of a tour book and moved thru the “tour”
Incredibly fast. The main tomb isn’t even open and no idea when it will as it’s being “renovated.” The cost was 30,000 schillings and you basically walk thru people’s front and back yards and the whole thing felt very intrusive. I guess some of the kings families are buried there? I don’t know. Either way, the end is the best part. You can buy some pre painted canvas art for 150000 schillings. Entire thing took like 10 minutes and definitely not worth the drive or the Monty there. Please do yourself a favor and avoid this place.
Written December 12, 2022
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Sevendayssafarisug
Kampala, Uganda1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Location: Kampala,
Uganda
Visited With: Family

The GoodHistorical Significance

The Kasubi Tombs are a UNESCO World Heritage site and the burial place of four Buganda kings (Kabakas). The rich history and cultural significance make it a must-visit for those interested in learning about Uganda's heritage.

Architecture: The traditional Ganda architecture is fascinating. The main tomb, Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, is an impressive example of this, constructed with natural materials like reeds, thatch, and wood.

Guided Tours: The knowledgeable guides provide in-depth insights into the history of the Buganda Kingdom, the significance of the tombs, and the traditions associated with them. Our guide was engaging and answered all our questions with enthusiasm.

Cultural Experience: The visit is a cultural immersion. From traditional dances to storytelling, the experience offers a glimpse into the customs and rituals of the Baganda people.The BadRestoration Issues: The tombs were severely damaged by a fire in 2010. While efforts to restore them are ongoing, some areas still show signs of damage. This might be disappointing for visitors expecting to see the site in its original grandeur.Accessibility: The site isn't very accessible for those with mobility issues. The paths are uneven, and there is a lot of walking involved. This can be challenging for elderly family members or those with disabilities.

Facilities: The on-site facilities are basic. The restrooms could be cleaner and better maintained. There are limited options for refreshments, so it's advisable to bring your own water and snacks.The Just OKVisitor Center: The small visitor center provides some interesting exhibits and information, but it could benefit from more interactive displays or multimedia presentations to enhance the visitor experience.

Crowds: Depending on the time of your visit, the site can get quite crowded, especially during weekends or holidays. This can sometimes make it difficult to fully appreciate the tranquility and solemnity of the tombs.

Tips and Recommendations

Best Time to Visit: Mornings are usually less crowded and cooler, making for a more pleasant visit. Try to avoid weekends if possible.
Hire a Guide: While you can explore the site on your own, hiring a guide is highly recommended to get the most out of your visit. They provide valuable context and stories that you might miss otherwise.
Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking and dress modestly out of respect for the cultural site.
Photography: Photography is allowed, but always ask for permission before taking pictures, especially of people or sensitive areas.
Combine Visits: Consider combining your visit to the Kasubi Tombs with other nearby attractions in Kampala, such as the Uganda Museum or the Namirembe Cathedral, for a full day of cultural exploration.
Support Local Crafts: There are often local artisans selling crafts near the site. Purchasing souvenirs here supports the local community and gives you a unique keepsake from your visit.
Written June 18, 2024
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Simou A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
The worst place of UNESCO site I have ever visited.
Besides, the some sort of guard Hassan took from us 60k shilling to give some sort of a tour of 3 unfinished minutes. When I went out, I felt I was robbed.
The site is closed and I opened only for us to... "give us a tour".
SKIP OFF.
Not worthy.
Written December 21, 2023
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Wei Jie Tan
Johor Bahru, Malaysia288 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
UNESCO should do another review of this place. It's the worst UNESCO World Heritage site I have ever visited. I came here and there was no ticket information (seems to be the norms in Kampala). There was just a policeman who said he only accepts cash of 35000 shillings per entry. He said no receipt or ticket will be provided. I left. Later at the Kabaka palace, I learned that this place is actually closed off for maintenance and the police is just capitalizing off a bribe to unsuspecting visitors. That 35000 won't event get you in the main areas. Give this place a skip and don't endorse unscrupulous police behavior.

UNESCO, please review your standards to ensure quality control. This is sad as this place looks potentially amazing and I was excited to really learn the cultural significance. It is also so far from all other attractions and wasn't easy to go to.
Written September 4, 2023
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Saddam K
Mbarara, Uganda19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
its a nice place located on the Hoima road between Nakulabye and kasubi that portrays the history of Buganda kingdom, for the lovers of culture specifically those interested in learning about Buganda kingdom, Kasubi tombs is the answer and also the place for students, its a great historical site that tells past.
Written October 2, 2018
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OnWalkAboutfromDC
Kampala, Uganda38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
As other reviewers here have written, UNESCO really needs to review its decision to accredit this site as a World Heritage Site. In its current state, the site has not been rebuilt after a fire more than ten years ago. When we attempted to visit in December 2023, the main gate was closed, and we were directed by a guard to a side gate. At that gate, a uniformed policeman announced that the site was closed (the work incomplete) but that if we paid him directly he would let us see some of a building. There was no ticket booth, no receipts, and the policeman set the 30,000 UGX per person price (bribe?) after talking to a man sitting in the shade who he referred to as the "manager". As the site was closed, the buildings off limits, this was a shady attempt to extort money from foreigners. Very sad. All the more so given that this site is meant to be a celebration of Bugandan history and culture.... The whole situation felt shady and upsetting...too bad that we had to just leave without seeing anything given that the trip to the site takes time and not through the nicest parts of town.
Written January 2, 2024
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Atupele M
Lilongwe, Malawi24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
It was a great tour ..Loved learning about the kingdom's lineage ..The main tombs are under renovation and not open to the public
Written September 5, 2020
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TravelingFamilyTrip
Chicago, IL209 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We mostly came here because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I knew ahead of time that the main building had burned down 10 years ago, so my expectations weren't too high. Our admission did get us a short guided tour with a nice explanation of the Buganda royal family and traditions. The thatched buildings that are still there, such as the guardhouse and the drum house, are pretty interesting to see, as even they have pretty elaborate thatching. But our guide wasn't that interested in giving us a tour (I think we had woken him up on this rainy day) and would have skipped the drum house (one of the few buildings there is to see) if I hadn't asked about it.
Written February 12, 2020
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Thomasyeoldbaker3@gmail.com
Limassol City, Cyprus16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The chief (head of the tribe} takes you around and tells you in depth all about it and his family..It was one of the best places, I feel so well informed about it all. great place great man.
Written September 4, 2019
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