Endowed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, an endless list of birds of birds, vast open spaces, Rubaga offers unforgettable holidays.
It’s a haven of welcoming people who live in peace and harmony. Here, in the warm heart of Kampala, you will find impressive unobstructed panoramic views of the city with buildings that grace its fast rising skyline.
The Tombs are located on the Kasubi hill, about 5 Kilometres along the Kampala-Hoima road. The site is the burial place for Buganda Kings. Four former Kings are buried here, namely; Mutesa I (1856-1884), Mwanga (1884-1897), Chwa Daudi (1899-1939) and Mutesa II (1939-1966). The site comprises a main mausoleum, which is the largest in Africa, other smaller mausoleum used as residences for caretakers and regalia for various former Kings of the Buganda Kingdom.
The main attractions by visitors to the site include the meticulous architectural design of the mausoleum and other huts, viewing of regalia and pictures of former Kings and stories and history about Buganda kingdom.
A few kilometres from the city centre, in Rubaga Division ( Ndeeba to be exact)at the backdrop of one of Kabaka’s royal palaces, Rubaga Miracle Centre and St Lawrence University lies a peaceful water body, the Kabaka’s Lake. It is one of Uganda’s and perhaps Africa’s longest-surviving man-made lakes.
The lake’s beauty is visible, with birds flying from one end to another, before settling on a green patch in its midst. There is also visible human movement as sailors ferry people across. Also evidence of mushrooming cottages for accommodation can be sighted here.
Other attractions at the lake include boat racing, excursions and some catering services.
Rubaga and Namirembe Cathedrals
On Rubaga hill stands the two most iconic, touristy and religiously phenomenal structures; the incredible Rubaga and Namirembe Cathedrals;
Rubaga Cathedral is located on Rubaga hill, about 5 Kilometers north-west of the City center. The Cathedral is the seat of the Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda. Rubaga hill was formerly a palace of Mutesa I but was donated to Bishop Hirth by his successor Mwanga in 1889. The Cathedral was opened on 31st October 1925.
Namirembe Cathedral is located on a Namirembe hill adjacent to Rubaga hill. The hill is the seat of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church (Church of Uganda). The hill was donated by Mutesa I to the early missionaries in 1877. A Church was built at the site in 1880s and the Cathedral was built 1890.
Other Attractions and Prime Recreational Areas
Other attractions in Rubaga Division include the Stones at Katwe, where the Kabaka’s sorghum is said to have been ground and the first Mosque to be built in Uganda found at Nateete, the “Twekobe”(Buganda Parliament) House at Mengo, the Lubiri (Palace) near Katwe and the late Cardinal Nsubuga’s shrines at Kabuusu.
Prime recreational areas in the Division include various small sports centers and night clubs at Nateete, Mengo and Nakulabye.
Crafts and Souvenirs Industry
There are craft shops in the division too; don’t forget to pass by Sikyomu Drum Makers at Busega, Kasubi Tombs Crafts shop at Kasubi, Musigula Mbugo and Andrew’s Artistry.
Hotel and Catering Industry
A variety of accommodation sites lie Division has a wide range of accommodation sites like Namirembe Guest House, Back-Parkers Hostel and Campsite and Pope Paul IV Memorial Centre.