The Baha’i Mother Temple of Africa, also known as the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, is the only Baha’i temple on the continent and one of only nine around the world. The temple on the hill is located about three kilometers (two miles) from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
As there are large numbers of followers in neighboring countries, including Chad and Kenya, it is not entirely evident why Uganda was chosen as the location for the first African temple. What is known is that English and Iranian followers of the faith arrived in Uganda in 1951 hoping to introduce Baha’i to local citizens. By 1952, there were over 100 followers of Bahá’í’ in Uganda. The following year, the pioneers left to spread the faith in other parts of the continent. Six years later, the foundation stone was laid for the first and only Mother Temple of Africa, and the Baha’i Intercontinental Conference for Africa was held in Kampala to mark the occasion.
Africa’s only Baha’i Temple is open to followers of the faith and curious visitors alike. The temple is surrounded by beautiful, tranquil grounds offering a beautiful view of the surrounding area. It’s a great place to see the beautiful indigenous birdlife, too.