Mparo Royal Tombs Uganda
Mparo Royal Tombs Uganda : These tombs are one of the most treasured historical sites in Hoima district, in the western Region Uganda and unique among the royal tombs in Uganda. Sitting on an expansive land along Hoima-Masindi Road that used to host the palace of Kabalega, it remains peaceful, beautiful and serene as ever and when visiting the tomb, you have to dress and conduct yourself decently.
Mparo royal tombs is well known for its undying history that, once upon a time, there lived a wildly gutsy king Omukama Kabalega, the greatest of all times in Bunyoro Kingdom. He is widely remembered here for resisting British colonialists who had allied with Buganda to fight Bunyoro for opposing colonialism. He is a key figure in African history and remains one of the remembered figures for putting on a resilient resistance against imperialism. The royal tombs are the burial sites where Omukama (‘King’) Chwa II Kabalega was laid to rest whereby he reigned in Bunyoro-Kitara in the late 19th century. He was exiled to the Seychelles after being defeated eventually in April 1899 by the British colonialists and later died in 1923. Many people pay visits to this site to perform rituals and also to pay homage or seek inspiration from Omukama Kabalega. Infront of the gates to the tombs is a cone-shaped monument painted in white and black. In the inside part there are his spears, bowls, throne and other personal effects on display above the actual place of interment. A place in the South western Kingdom’s culture is preserved and the leaders celebrated in the most authentic of ways.
However, not only the Kabalega’s regalia that graces the tombs, but there is also other fallen kings that are well represented too. What differs is that each tomb is shielded with bark-cloth, a cultural cloth made from cultural trees and each tomb allows for a different experience for example; King Sir Winyi IV’s tomb has a calming effect to it. The towering trees that provide all the tranquil of the place surrounded with lots of fresh air and one important thing to note about king Sir Winyi IV’s tomb is that the trees are as old as the time the Kingdom has stood the test of time.
Leave alone the type of the royal graves you have seen ever, the Mparo royal tombs have found a way to bask in rich history and remain modest. However, the artifacts and the story behind each piece make Mparo worth a visit. It has the inner most cultural belief of Bunyoro Kingdom in African and these tombs are well maintained with great captivity feeling of true African royalty. The story of Bunyoro-Kitara empire lives forever in memory and for more of this interesting culture history; feel free to contact us; we are ready to design you an unforgettable Uganda cultural itinerary.
How to get there
Mparo is located approximately 4 Kilometers, by road, northeast of downtown Hoima, along the Hoima-Masindi Road.