East African Cultural Safari Experience
East African Cultural Safari Experience; East African Countries including Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania have all experienced different cultures especially during the colonial rule times to date and all these have been noted and stored for the generations to come that did not have a chance to see it through the eyes of history.
These cultural adventure sites are some of the few attraction sites that have been visited by quite a large number of travelers coming into these countries just to have a glimpse of the unforgettable history that was made in these countries. In this article, we are going to look at some of the cultural sites that are found in different countries.
Cultural Sites in Uganda – East African Cultural Safari Experience
Uganda as a country is filled with very many cultural sites that depict how far the country has come and where it is at the moment. We won’t be able to look at all the cultural sites in the country but we will discuss a few of them and when you visit Uganda, you will be able to see other cultural sites.
- The Royal Kasubi tombs -East African Cultural Safari Experience
The Royal Kasubi Tombs is located in Kasubi a few minutes away from the capital city of Uganda Kampala is where the Kings of Buganda are buried. It is a burial ground to four kings of Buganda and is a spiritual place to most of the Baganda people. There are several ritual activities that are performed in the place by people of different kinds and it is one of the most visited cultural sites in Uganda.
The first king of Buganda Kingdom to be laid at Kasubi tombs was Mutesa 1 who was the 35th Kabaka(King) of Buganda. When a Kabaka died, he was laid down in a sanctum where his jawbone that was considered to be holding spiritual powers was kept at a different spot and these tombs are still well kept and taken good care of.
When you are entering the Kasubi tombs, you are required to remove your shoes as a sign of respect for the Kings. There will be a guide who will take you through the tombs showing you the different kings and how they lived their lives. You will also be able to see the different royal regalia that was used by the former kings and when you are moving out of the tombs, you have to do it backward as you cannot show your back to the kings also known as Kabakas in the local language Luganda.
- Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru – East African Cultural Safari Experience
Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru is located in the fort portal and it is loosely translated as the Breast of Nyina Mwiru. The story behind this is that the king of Toro Bakuku arranged marriage with a certain chief for his daughter Nyinamwiru but she refuses. Upon her refusal to marry the King, he ordered the guards to cut off her breasts so that no one else would marry her and that’s how the Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru were formed. Thousands of tourists travel from distant areas to come and see stalactites that look like breasts dripping breast milk.
- Namugongo Martyrs shrine – East African Cultural Safari Experience
Namugongo shrine is located a few minutes away from the city Centre and it is where several Christian converts were killed because they had refused to denounce their religion. The Uganda Martyrs were killed by Mukajanga after getting orders from Kabaka Mwanga and they were burnt alive. The shrine was separated into two sides that are the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church and when one visits the shrine, you get to know more about Uganda during that era. See Cultural tours in Uganda
Cultural Sites In Tanzania – East African Cultural Safari Experience
As part of the East African countries, Tanzania also has many tourist attraction sites and these include cultural sites too. There are a few historical sites in Tanzania and some of these have been noted below all you need is to pack a bag and come experience other cultural sites found in the country.
- The Askari monument – East African Cultural Safari Experience
The Askari Monument is located in the heart of Dar Es salaam. It was opened to public viewing in 1927 and it is a representation of all the soldiers from Tanzania who went and fought in world war one. Many lost their lives during the war and this was one of the ways in which they are remembered.
The Stone Town – East African Cultural Safari Experience
Stone Town is located in Zanzibar and it is one of the tourist destinations for many in Tanzania. Stone town was built during the colonial time by the different ethnic groups that lived in this coastal town. This famous coastal town has a lot of tourist attraction sites like memorial sites that were built by the Europeans, Arabs, Persians, and Indians, museums that show how these people lived in peace at the coast and their huge different cultures, beaches and many more. The town will leave you with adequate knowledge about the culture practiced in this coastal town.
- The National Museum and the house of culture
The museum opened up in 1940 to the public and it has a lot of history about Tanzania that you should not miss. It also houses the remains of the first man that were found at Olduvai Gorge, royal regalia that was used by former kings and the various items that show the history of Tanzania from the struggle of power during the colonial times to the time that independence was gained.
- The Kondoa rock art site
The Kondoa rock site is an archeological area where over 150 caves and shelters that are natural are found. The paintings found on the Kondoa rocks are believed to be dated way back to the Bushmen area and were made by a brush-like instrument. The paintings are of animals, children, hunting scenes and medieval instruments that they used. They give you an insight into how the earlier people lived in the area.
- The Olduvai gorge – East African Cultural Safari Experience
The Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania is where the oldest remains of mankind are found. The existence of mankind in Olduvai was seen by the presence of skulls that were found in the area, the paintings on the different rocks that are found in the area also shows the existence of man in Olduvai.
- The ruins of Kilwa kisiwani
The ruins of Kilwa kisiwani were built by the Europeans during the colonial era between the 13th and 16th centuries. It was a stopover place for many merchants that dealt in Chinese porcelain, gold, silver, Persian earthenware, Arabian merchandise, and many more others. A visit to the area will take you back in time to the trading era and you will feel the different cultures that are were practiced by the different ethnic groups.
Cultural Sites In Kenya
Kenya is a coastal country that has a rich history and culture. The vast culture that is found in the country is due to the different tribes in the country. There are roughly six historical cultural sites in Kenya that have been recognized internationally and when you visit this place, you will get to see Kenya’s culture coming to life.
- The sacred Mijikenda Kaya forests
The villages in the area were formed in the 16th century and were filled with a lot of people although they were abandoned during the 1940s. They consist of eleven forests that are isolated from each other. It contains a number of abandoned villages that are taken care of by elderly people. The cultural traditions that were in the area have never been abandoned and when you visit the area, you will realize that the culture has been preserved by the council of elders.
- The Lamu old town
The Lamu old town was built during the colonial era and it is the oldest coastal town in Kenya. This old Swahili settlement has been preserved and one would think that it was built just yesterday. The settlement was constructed using mangrove timber and coral stone and the simplicity of how the town looks like will blow you away. Many Muslim festivals have been held in the town and it is the best place to learn more about Islam and the Swahili culture that is common in Kenya.
- Fort Jesus in Mombasa
Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese in 1593 and it was constructed as a defense barracks for the Portuguese army that wanted to take control of the Kenyan coast trade. Fort Jesus is seated on 2.36 hectares and the fort was built in the renaissance era format and a visit to the place will show you history of Kenya during the colonial era and how the Portuguese also lived at the Mombasa coast.
Cultural Sites In Rwanda
Rwanda is the only African country that prides itself on the unique cultural sites that are found there. The Rwandan people have a beautiful culture that is showcased through music and dance and it is one of the top tourist attractions in the country. Rwanda has been through a lot and most of her history is kept as treasures in the different cultural sites that have been listed below.
- The Ndaba rock
Ndaba rock is just two hours from Kigali the capital city of Rwanda and it has a beautiful history which is why most people go to see the marvelous rock. It is believed to have dripped honey in the past and many locals used to collect the honey for their home consumption and use. The people would gather to help each other using ropes so that they could easily collect the honey but one day a hunter disappeared and never came back and many people believed it was greed. A climb up the rock with a guide telling you more about the honey dripping rock is worth the cultural visit.
- The genocide memorial centers
Rwanda experienced the genocide in 1994 and many Tutsis lost their lived due to the power struggle that was in the country. After the Genocide, many memorial centers were set up in remembrance of those that lost their lives in the struggle for peace and these are located in the different parts of the country. The different genocide sites include the Nyamata memorial site, Kigali genocide memorial site, Bisesero memorial site, Gisozi memorial site, and many more others.
- The National art museum Rwesero
The museum is located in Nyanza where the palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa was and it has a different art craft that depicts the vast culture in the country through paintings, sculptures, and other traditional embroidery that is sold at the museum. A tour guide will take you to adventure through the different things that are shown in the museum including genocide events.
- The king’s palace
The king’s palace is also located in Nyanza and it is a place one must see when they visit Rwanda. You will find many royal regalia that was used by the king during his reign like drums, spears, beads, and many more others. Visitors to the palace are allowed to take as many photos as they want and they are also allowed to put on the crowns of the former kings and queen for a moment and they also get to join in the cattle rearing that is done with the help of the guides found in the palace.
As earlier on stated, there are more cultural sites that can be found in the above countries but we have just had a glimpse of what you can find when you visit any of them. There are numerous other cultural sites and all these show different things that will interest you if you give it a chance and visit any day.
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