UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Kasubi Tombs. 

There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda which include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Kasubi Tombs. The two sites, Bwindi and Rwenzori are national parks and Kasubi Tombs is a cultural.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National park is a tourist attraction found in south Western Uganda and is a habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda. The park is a home to almost half the number of the estimated  1000 gorillas living in the world today. Gorilla trekking safaris are the major activities in this vast park, that is also a home to several bird, insects and primate species. The plant life in the forest is also amazing. Bwindi has over 120 mammals including the forest elephants, leopards,chimpanzees, rare species of primates like monkeys, over 200 different butterflies and about 347 bird species.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park 

This is a Ugandan national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site found in the Rwenzori Mountains. Measuring about 1,000 km² in area coverage, the park also has the third highest mountain peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m) on the african continent. There are several waterfalls, lakes and glaciers in the midst of a beautiful plant life. Rwenzori is a home to many natural habitats of the endangered species plus a wealthy and uncommon plants among which, the giant heather.

Kasubi Tombs 

The Kasubi Tombs is a cultural site in Kampala, Uganda which is the burial grounds for the Kabakas (Kings) and some members of the Baganda Royal Family. The site with a unique traditional architecture is a significant spiritual and political centre for the Baganda people. Four Kings so far are buried at this historic 64-acre World Heritage site.  The kings include Muteesa I (1835–1884) and Mwanga II (1867–1903) (passed on exile on the Seychelles Islands, later in 1910, his remains were brough back to Uganda). Others two are Daudi Chwa II (1896–1939) and Sir Edward Muteesa II (1924–1969). He died from exile in London and his remains were returned by former president Idi Amin Dada in 1971. Kasubi Tombs is one of the major highlights during Kampala city tours.

 



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