THE NAMASOLE TOMBS – (Tombs of the Queen Mothers Of Buganda Kingdom)
The Kanyange Nnamasole Tombs
The Kanyange Nnamasole Tombs house the body of Nnamasole Kanyange, the mother of Ssekabaka Suuna II who is buried at the Wamala Tombs. They are located on a hillside looking across a valley to Suuna II’s Wamala Tombs. The same Kanyange Nnamasole Tombs also house the bodies of other subsequent Nnamasoles (Nnamasole is the mother of a Kabaka). The tombs are an important place for rituals and ceremonies, and contain a special sacred drum used to summon Suuna II’s spirit. A historical walk to the impressive Wamala tombs retraces the steps that Kanyange and Suuna followed to visit each other.
How to Get There
Nnamasole Kanyange Tombs site is located at Kagoma, Kyadondo county of Buganda, along the Kampala-Bombo Road. When coming from Kampala, drive 12 Kilometers along the Kampala-Bombo Road. Turn left at Kagoma trading center onto a dirt road that goes to the tombs, 0.25 Kilometers away. The trip is approximately 25 minutes from Kampala.
2. Baagalayaze Nnamasole Tombs
Baagalayaze Nnamasole Tombs
This site houses the tomb of Nnamasole Baagalayaze, the mother of Kabaka Mwanga II, who died in 1916. She was revered by the local community and well known for her generosity. The tomb and its enclosure have become a cultural centre to celebrate the people and history of Buganda. Visitors can enjoy traditional performances (music, dance and drama), try their hands at art and crafts, and hear vivid stories about the kingdom and Kabakas of Buganda.
How to Get There
Nnamasole Baagalayaze Tombs site is located at Mpererwe, Busiro County of Buganda, along the Kampala-Gayaza Road. When coming from Kampala, drive 15 Kilometers along the Kampala-Gayaza Road to Mpererwe Trading Center. Turn left onto a turmac road (opposite the big mvule tree) that goes to the tombs, 1 Kilometer away. The trip is approximately 25 minutes from Kampala.