Visit Kasubi: royal tombs of the Kings of Buganda

Kasubi Tombs in Uganda

Visit Kasubi: royal tombs of the Kings of Buganda

The Kasubi tombs, located around 5km from the centre of Kampala, is a site of historical, cultural and spiritual significance. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, it is the burial ground of four kabakas (kings of Buganda).

Set on Kasubi Hill, the site is around 64 acres and the main tombs are set amidst agricultural land that continues to be farmed using traditional techniques.

The kings of Buganda

Buganda, a subnational kingdom within Uganda, incorporates all of the country’s central region and Kampala itself.

Home to the Baganda people, this ancient kingdom was unified under Kato Kintu, the first kabaka, in the 14th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Buganda established itself as one of the most powerful forces in East Africa.

Meanwhile, Kasubi became the burial ground for four subsequent rulers of the kingdom: Muteesa I, Basamula Mwanga II, Daudi Chwa II and Fredrick Walugembe Muteesa II.

According to custom, the entrance to the site, a gatehouse called Bujjabukula, is protected by guards who stay hidden behind a woven reed screen in order to keep a watchful eye over guests.

History and culture

Considered to be one of the largest mausoleums of its type, the architecture of the tombs is a testament to architectural ingenuity.

The Venture Uganda team can incorporate a visit to Kasubi as part of our tailor-made holidays and specialist safaris. We offer:

  • Individual or group activities according to your interests (Uganda has something for everyone whether you are interested in history or wildlife)
  • Vehicle hire and experienced guides so you can get the very most out of your trip
  • A range of accommodation from budget to luxury hotels, suites and lodges

To make an enquiry about any of our holidays in Uganda, including a visit to see the royal tombs at Kasubi, email us at enquiries@ventureuganda.org or complete our enquiry form.