Bahai Temple is the only one in Africa was built in Uganda. It is a unique building and a source of wonder to many. It has become a major tourist attraction not only to the locals but foreigners too. The Bahai faith is a phenomenon of its own. Founded over a century and a half ago, the Bahai faith is one of the fastest growing beliefs/ religions of the world. With more than five million believers residing in over 124,000 localities, the Bahá’í Faith is established in 204 countries across the planet.
The spiritual principles of the Bahá’í Faith affirm its overall purpose–to bring about the oneness of humanity. In cooperation with these same principles, Bahá’ís also believe that there is only one Creator and that the spiritual truth of all religions is the same.
Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion. Bahá’u’lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures of the past, now is the time for humanity to live in unity. Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society.
Bahá’ís worship God through prayer and meditation, by participating in devotional gatherings, and through active service to their communities. They individually recite one of three obligatory prayers each day as prescribed by Bahá’u’lláh. The Bahá’í scriptures offer much guidance on the uses of prayer and contain many prayers for various purposes and occasions. Moreover, work performed in the spirit of service is, according to the Bahá’í teachings, a form of worshiping God
There is no cost to pray at or tour the Bahai Temple on your tour in Uganda. You are not allowed to take photos inside the temple otherwise I tell you the sight is so enticing.
Other Baha’i temples include, the Baha’i house of worship in North America, the Baha’i house of worship In Australia, the Baha’i house of worship in Germany, the Baha’i house worship in Panama, the Baha’i house of worship in Samoa, there Baha’i house of worship in India.
The difference with visiting the Baha’i Temple in Uganda is that it come with a lot of complementaries like you can see in the picture above, the environment is good for birding , and seeing other attractions that may not be found elsewhere.
When one thinks of coming to Uganda, what comes into one’s mind are the gorillas, chimpanzees, birds and probably how to get to kibaale, Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth mention them….. A few people who take tours around Uganda and probably put their emphasis on Kampala will focus on sites like Bahai Temple, the kasubi tombs, Gadhafi mosque, Lubiri palace, the martyrs’ shrine etc. But there is a place that very few people give attention and yet it is filled with a lot of interesting culture and history:
What to do in Uganda apart from touring Bahai Temple
A boat cruise on the Kazinga channel
If you haven’t found a reason to visit Uganda then a boat cruise is a perfect reason for you to visit. They’re a terrific way to see wildlife, without stealth and free from the confines of a vehicle. The three-hour boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a twisting approximately 32km ribbon of water that connects Lakes Edward and George in the country’s southwest corner is worth the test. The channel is part of a large expanse of the queen Elizabeth national park in Kasese district. Join the greatest people in history as you follow through their footsteps to the one of Uganda‘s epics wildlife adventure that you may not experience in many places in the world.
The two hours gentle slow boat ride on this gorgeous channel is more rewarding than you can imagine. Marvel at the incomparable beautiful tapestry that Mother Nature brings to life. No matter how many hippos you’ve seen in zoos or elsewhere in the world, you will definitely be unprepared for the swarming numbers that are here. They wallow in packs, submerged except for those peculiar bulging eyes. They occasionally climb in and out of the water. They bump against the boat and some run on shore. They’re fast and huge and fierce. In the ominous words of a guidebook, “Never get between a hippo and the water.” This experience is one of the major highlights of any wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National park.
While the launch cruise puts along on the water, fantastic birds swoop from the reeds and swamps, storks and pelicans strut along the sandbanks along with a profusion of many others creating a spectacular display. An elephant may come down to drink, while menacing buffalo stand and stare and the large crocodiles lie agape busking in the savanna sun. These along with many other animals line the shores of the channel just keep your cameras ready at all times for the most spectacular pictures.
Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the wilderness of Uganda in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush…
You now have the opportunity to add something to your Uganda safari: Hot air balloon Ride. You will start your flight at dawn and you adventure will last an hour.
Rise as the sun rises and floats in whatever direction the winds of the morning takes you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.
You will be picked up at the kasenyi gate at around 5.30am and you will be given a safety briefing. Meanwhile the balloon will be being prepared now and after the briefing you will take off at around 6.15am. The balloon will rise at an altitude of about 2500ft. The flight will last about one hour and you will land at the same point you started. Every passenger will be honored with a hot air balloon safari certificate as a souvenir of this adventure.
- No minimum passengers are required. The maximum capacity of the current balloon is 16 pax. Any smaller number will be sharing with other passengers.
- The minimum age is 6 years unless under parents responsibility.
- Flights are offered daily all year round, unless the weather does not permit.
- Hot air balloon passenger flights take place in winds less than 10 knots, with no rain or approaching storms in the immediate area. Flights also require a visibility of at least 4 km.
- Should weather conditions dictate that the balloon safari may not depart; a full refund will be issued. Alternatively, if passengers have another morning to experience the balloon safari they may opt to try it again the next day (subject to availability).
- The entire experience takes 3-4 hours. Passengers are expected to be back at their lodge around 09.00-10.00 am (depending on the length of the game drive).
- What to bring: guests can only take a small day backpack, camera etc. Main luggage must be left at the lodge. No special clothing is required for hot air ballooning.
- The flight is not high enough for a change in temperature so plan to dress for the temperature of the day. Remember to bring your camera, binoculars, batteries and a protective bag.
Book now and be one of the first guests to experience this new safari experience and explore Bahai temple!