The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda the Pearl of Africa

Posted by on April 20, 2019

The Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda

The Parks and Places that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – the Rwenzori Mountains and the Kasubi Tombs

There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda, two of them are National Parks, Bwindi  Impenetrable Forest National Park, and Rwenzori Mountains National Park, the other is a cultural site and historical site, Kasubi Tombs which is presently under reconstruction after an unfortunate fire several years and another one in 2013 during the reconstruction.  All three are amazing places that are a must visit those coming to Uganda.

Enjoy Uganda with all of its natural and cultural wonders – in my opinion, all of Uganda’s parks and other places of distinction, some like Kidepo Valley Park deserve to be on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and that could happen in the not too distant future.

Most Safaris in Uganda include one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Site and the one that stands out is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which Tourists visit from around the World for Gorilla Trekking, Birding, and Hiking.

The 3-UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda the Pearl of Africa

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the oldest forests in Uganda it survived the platonic shift that shaped much of the surrounding areas and the Western Rift.  Most visitors know it as the place to come to in order to track Mountain Gorillas, of which there are over half of the remaining mountain gorillas found in Africa in this park.

There is however much more to this UNESCO World Heritage Site than Mountain Gorillas and one could easily spend a week here discovering this most unusual Park, the oldest forest in East Africa.  For one thing, it is one of the largest areas in East Africa where one can find Afro-Montane vegetation in what is considered lowland area.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is considered a biodiversity hotspot and it is believed that it has the greatest number of tree species at this altitude in East Africa which you can readily see as you enter the forest and if you counted you would find more than 200 species of trees and over 100 kinds of Ferns including the large tree-ferns.

There are over 120 mammals found in Bwindi including forest elephants, chimpanzees, leopards, rare species of monkeys, over 200 various butterflies and over 347 species of birds.

You can hike through the forest from one end to the other, you can go birding, climb mountains, walk along refreshing streams, visit endless swamps, bamboo forests and have guided interactive cultural walks with the original people of the forest, the Batwa who have been here for thousands of years – the Batwa people.

Enjoy Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, its mountain gorillas and the much more that is so uniquely the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Rwenzori Mountains of the called “Mountains of the Moon” by Ptolemy in AD 150 – put on the map of Westerners in 1888 as he traveled by them through what is now Queen Elizabeth Park and  the Semliki Valley – the tallest Mountain Range in Africa – higher than the Alps of Europe and in Uganda a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today this fabulous park is one of the least visited parks in Uganda since the hike and climb up to Mount Stanley’s highest peak – Margherita Peak (5,109 meters above sea level-third highest peak in Africa) takes 8 days, lots of equipment and of course physical stamina.

We do organize Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Trips, we do what most visitors to Uganda can do physically – Rwenzori Mountain foothill hikes and 3 day Rwenzori Mini-Hikes using the newly created Mahoma Trail from the village of Ruboni where the Bakonjo people, the keepers of the Mountains of the Moon reside and our clients love the setting, the mountainous setting the lodging either budget at Ruboni Community Camp or at the new upmarket Equator Snow Lodge.

The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon are not volcanic like much of East Africa’s major mountains but it is a block of rock that was created by the shift of the earth that created the western rift in Uganda. Here in the higher altitudes, you find the magnificent giant heathers, ground-sells, ericas, and lobelias.  The vegetation that you encounter depends on the altitude and there are 5 vegetation zones found in the Rwenzori Mountains.

The Rwenzori Mountains National park hosts 80 species of birds, 4 species of primates and 15 species of butterflies. In the lower elevations of the mountains, you can still find elephant, the common chimpanzee, and I’Hoests monkeys.

The fabled Rwenzori Mountains give a unique experience to the visitors with stunning scenic wonders, wildlife, birds and cultural interaction – something not to be missed and since new shorter trails have been developed.

 Kasubi Tombs – Kampala – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Just outside of Kampala on Kasubi Hill you will discover Kasubi Tombs at the former palace of the Kabakas (Kings) of the Buganda Kingdom.  It was originally built in 1882 and made into the Royal Burial Grounds in 1884.  In the main building the “Muzibu Azaala Mpganga there are the tombs of four Kabakas.  This magnificent building is circular in nature and topped by a grass thatched tom.  A tribute to the architectural achievement using organic materials of wood, elephant grass, reeds, and more.

Kasubi Tombs is a place of belief, spirituality, and identity for the Baganda People – the Kasubi Tombs are simply an African Master Piece and reflects the culture, ways, traditions, and expertise of the Buganda Kingdom.

Unfortunately, this UNESCO World Heritage Site burned down several years ago to the bereavement of many Ugandans and caused great grief in the Buganda Kingdome.  Artisans were trained in the original art of construction to rebuild the site and during the rebuilding process another fire broke out at the tombs – some say by a caretaker cooking within the tombs area.

The reconstructed portions of the Site can now be visited.

Including the UNESCO Heritage Sites in your Safari:

You can easil y include some or all of the Ugandan UNESCO World Heritage Sites in your Safari while in the Pearl of Africa.  If you are trekking Mountain Gorillas, most likely you will be doing so in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon can be included in a safari that takes in Queen Elizabeth Park, Semliki National Park, and Kibale Forest.

The Kasubi Tombs can be included any Safari where you begin in or end in Kampala or Entebbe.  Other Baganda Kingdom Heritage Sites can also be included along with the Kasubi Tombs such as Mengo, Ssezibwa Falls, Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine, Kabaka Lake and more.

The pearl of Africa – home of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda– fabulous places and spaces for you to visit on your tour of Uganda

If you like to include one of Uganda’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in your Safari with us – please let us know.