Are you looking forward to participating in a cultural safari but are confused on where to go? You don’t have to go far yet Buganda Kingdom can take care of all your needs and desires. Tombs and caves have a significant role in understanding the history and journey of the Kingdom, and one of the must visit Tombs is the Nnamasole Baagalayaze Royal Tombs. This helps to trace back to the Kingship of Buganda and the impact of the Queen mothers on their sons.
Buganda is one of the richest Kingdoms in Uganda in terms of interesting cultures that capture the attention of tourists. I can assure any tourist planning a cultural safari that, all the cultural sites in Buganda Kingdom and worthwhile for breathtaking sightseeing but most importantly, traditional cultural performances inform of the invigorating traditional dances and music, the story telling and spiritual healing among others all reward tourists with authentic cultural experiences. One of the interesting cultural/historical sites worth visiting is the Nnamasole Baagalayaze Royal tombs. This wonderful site is located in Mpererwe, Busiro County of Buganda Kingdom.
This site is where Nnamasole Baagalayaze, the mother of Kabaka Mwanga II was laid to rest. Nnamasole is the name used to refer to the mother of a Kabaka (King). Kabaka Mwanga II died in 1903 in exile on the Seychelles Islands, his remains were returned in 1910 and buried in the Kasubi Royal Tombs. This kind-hearted woman-as she was known by the locals died in 1916 and was known to be a reserved and generous woman according to the local community members. Baagalayaze was always hailed by the Baganda people and was popular for her bounteous behavior making her one of the most adored Nnamasoles in Buganda Kingdom. A Queen mother who gave land to the catholic and protestant churches, mosques, a brick making enterprise, a hospital and two schools is worth adoring. She was the opposite of her son who ordered the execution of Uganda martyrs. This is why it is said that the Nnamasole Baagalayaze Royal Tomb and cultural center is a place of hope, celebration and learning.
The Royal Tomb and its surrounding areas were made a significant cultural center to honor the great people and rich history and heritage of Buganda Kingdom. Tourists who visit the site can also relish exhilarating cultural performances-inform of traditional dances, songs and drama performances, and enjoy some of the ancient stories about the Kingdom and the former Kings/Kabakas, and get to see some of the art and crafts and even purchase some of them. The Nnamasole Baagalayaze Royal Tombs have and will always be a place of hope, celebration and learning.
How to Access Nnamasole Baagalayaze Royal tombs
This fascinating destination is situated at 15 kilometers and 25 minutes drive from Kampala City Center along the Kampala-Gayaza Road, heading to Mpererwe Trading Center in Busiro County. Once at Mpererwe Trading Center, you will turn left to a Tarmac road (that is opposite a giant Mvule Tree) that heads to the Royal Tombs at about 1 kilometer away. When you are on a Uganda Cultural Safari, make sure to add the sites where the mothers of Buganda Kings/Kabaka’s were buried on your bucket list.
In conclusion, the Nnamasole Baagalayaze Royal tomb is one of the must-visit cultural sites because you will learn a lot about one of the former queen mothers of Buganda Kingdom. Contrary to her son-Kabaka Mwanga, this Queen mother was generous and kind hearted.