Kasubi hill

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Kasubi is located in Kampala
Map of Kampala showing the location of Kasubi.
Coordinates: 00°19′52″N 32°33′20″E / 0.33111°N 32.55556°E / 0.33111; 32.55556
Country  Uganda
Region Central Region
District Kampala Capital City Authority
Division Lubaga Division
Elevation 1,220 m (4,000 ft)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kasubi is a hill in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.


Kasubi is bordered by Kawaala to the north, Makerere to the east, Naakulabye to the southeast, Lusaze to the southwest, Lubya to the west, and Namungoona to the northwest. The hill is approximately 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala's central business district. The coordinates of Kasubi are 0°19'52.0"N, 32°33'20.0"E (Latitude:0.331115; Longitude:32.55555632).[1]


Before 1856, Kasubi Hill was known as Nabulagala. Sometime after that date, Muteesa I of Buganda, having met misfortune at Banda Hill, where he had built his first palace, relocated to Nabulagala. He renamed the hill Kasubi, after the ancestral village of his mother, located in then Kyaggwe County, what today is known as Mukono District.[2] Today, Buganda traditionalists refer to the place interchangeably as Kasubi or Nabulagala or Kasubi-Nabulagala.[citation needed]

After his death in 1884, Kabaka Muteesa I was buried at Kasubi, the first Kabaka to be buried there. Since then, Kasubi has become the official royal burial site of the Buganda monarchy. The Kasubi Royal Tombs are recognised as a World Heritage Site and are of very high significance in the culture of the Baganda.


Kasubi Hill is a royal cultural site of the Kingdom of Buganda, one of the constitutional traditional monarchies in 21st century Uganda.[3]


Main article: Kasubi Tombs

The most significant landmark on Kasubi Hill are the Kasubi Royal Tombs, the official burial place of the Kings of Buganda. As of June 2014, four consecutive Kings of Buganda are buried at Kasubi:[4]

Other points of interest[edit]

Other points of interest in the neighbourhood include:


  1. ^ Google. "Location of Kasubi At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ UTG. "Profile of Banda Hill". Uganda Travel Guide (UTG). Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kasubi Royal Tombs". VisitUganda.com. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi". Unesco.org. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Okiror, Ben (20 November 2009). "US Charities Open Clinic In Kasubi". New Vision. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 00°19′52″N 32°33′20″E / 0.33111°N 32.55556°E / 0.33111; 32.55556