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Kampala City Tour Uganda is a city sightseeing trip to the capital city of Uganda. Kampala has an interesting and exciting city life that can be fully experienced during day time. Our Kampala city tour package takes you to Kampala’s city centre and around the busy and interesting places of the city.
After an early breakfast, we pick you up from your hotel/ residence and depart for the Kampala city tour. Places of interest in Kampala include; Kasubi tombs, Kabaka’s lake, Bahai temple, Mengo palace, Independence monuments, Uganda museum, and Namugongo Shrine among others.
We first visit the Kasubi tombs to view the four graves of the traditional kings (kabaka) of the Buganda kingdom. Then continue to Namirembe cathedral (an old Anglican missionary church in Uganda) to learn about its history and achievements.
We also visit Rubaga catholic cathedral and the miracle centre cathedral (one of the biggest born-again churches in East and Central Africa). Proceed to Kabaka’s lake and then have lunch at any place of your interest.
After lunch, we drive to Makerere University – the oldest University in East Africa. Then connect to the Bahai temple, the only temple of this faith in Africa. Proceed to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine before returning to the hotel for overnight or transferring to the Airport for an evening flight.
Kampala City Tour Uganda Itinerary
0800 Hours: Pick you up from the hotel and depart for Kampala City centre. The drive takes you to the Independence monument, then to the Parliament of Uganda. Proceed to the Kasubi tombs to view the four graves of the traditional kings (kabaka) of the Buganda kingdom.
Then continue to Namirembe cathedral (an old Anglican missionary church in Uganda) to learn about its history and achievements. We also visit Rubaga catholic cathedral and the miracle centre cathedral (one of the biggest born-again churches in East and Central Africa). Proceed to Kabaka’s lake before lunch.
1230 Hours: Lunch break at any place of your interest.
1400 Hours: After lunch, our Kampala City Tour Uganda continues where, we drive to Makerere University – the oldest University in East Africa. Then connect to the Bahai temple the only temple of this faith in Africa.
Proceed to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine and the crafts village at National Theater before heading back to end your day’s excursion.
Kampala City Tour Uganda Prices
Kampala City Tour Uganda Rates Includes:
Lunch + Comprehensive Day Tour of Kampala City, Uganda + Pick-up from your hotel in Kampala and drop-off to your hotel + All park entry fees, service charge and taxes where applicable & Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages
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* Kampala city tour is offered as a full day Tour or a half day tour. You could also request for the specific sites you wish to visit depending on your interest
Kampala City Tour Uganda Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
Kampala City Tour Day Trip Itinerary
After breakfast depart from the hotel, and explore the seven hills of Kampala (popularly known as the Rome of Uganda). We visit several places among which include:
The Uganda Museum:
A display of Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a vivid reminder of the country’s colorful past. The Uganda Museum (founded in 1908) in Kampala has exhibits of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history. It regularly presents performances of traditional music.
One of its most interesting features is the collection of traditional musical instruments, which one is free to play. The National Museum of Uganda is located in Kampala, the capital. The museum contains rich materials from Uganda and is a must-see.
The Uganda Society’s library is housed in one room of the Uganda National Museum. Started in the 1930s by a group of scholars, the collection is comprised of approximately 3,000 volumes, maps, periodicals, and photographs, all pertaining to African history, culture, sociology, travel, and science.
In addition to its collection, the library houses the books of the East African Wildlife Society and a number of books from the museum which were given to the society’s care some years ago. Although the library was a circulating library for many years, due to the limited availability of the books and their value, the collection is currently available for reference use only.
Kasubi tombs are where fallen kings of the Buganda Kingdom are buried. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of hillside within the Kampala district. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884.
Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials, principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle, and daub. The site’s main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity, and identity.
At noon on Saturday, January 1895, the right Reverend Mckay advised the then Kabaka of Buganda to establish the first market in the Lubiri(Palace). In 1905 the market moved to Kabugube and this was a temporary structure. Here you can find a variety of huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, mostly indigenous to Uganda.
Across the street is a lower market, full of spices, legumes, grains, and hand-made household items. This market is surrounded by a number of shops or dukas, where you find everything for the home. Hardware, sanitary -ware, and electrical shops surround the area. The Owino market is one of the largest in this region of Africa.
The endless booths that line the chaotic alleys of Owino offer a mind-boggling array of everything from homemade irons, to American hand-me-down-clothes with the Goodwill price tags still on them, to an amazing array of African foods, to any and everything else under the sun. Everything at Owino starts cheap and gets cheaper with bargaining.
If you’re in the market for souvenirs, check out the craft market on Buganda Road or the slightly larger crafts market behind the national theater near the Garden City complex. Also on Buganda Road across the street from the craft market, you find a number of tailors if you are looking to have clothes sewn. And if you’re tired from shopping the (upscale) cafe 1000 Cups of Coffee is a relaxing Mzungu hangout.
Rubaga hill was taken up by the Roman Catholics (and the first roman catholic church here); Rubaga hill was the location of the main palace of Kabaka Muteesa I who ruled Buganda between 1856 and 1884. The palace was struck by lightning and was rebuilt on neighboring Mengo Hill.
The first Roman Catholic missionaries to arrive in Buganda were Frenchmen, Father Pierre Lourdel Monpel and Brother Amans, who settled near the hill in 1879. As the Catholic Church took root in the country, the missionaries were allocated land on Lubaga Hill.
The construction of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Lubaga Hill took place between 1914 and 1925, with the assistance of monetary contributions from Roman Catholic congregations abroad. Later, the missionaries also built a hospital and a nursing school on the hill.
Today, Lubaga remains the seat of the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Uganda. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. The remains of the first African Catholic bishop in Uganda, Bishop Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka, and those of the first African Catholic Cardinal, Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga are kept in the Catholic Mission on the hill.
Namirembe Cathedral is the Anglican Christians’ oldest church here; Mengo hill which has the headquarters of the traditional (the largest of Uganda’s traditional monarchies). The hill rises 4,134 feet (1,260 m) above sea level. It stands adjacent to Mengo Hill, the seat of the Buganda Government.
The history of the two hills is intertwined, geographically, politically, and religiously. Namirembe is the location of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the main place of worship of the Anglican Church in Uganda, from the time of its construction (1915 to 1919), until the 1960’s when the Cathedral became the seat of the Diocese of Namirembe.
At that time, the headquarters of the Church of Uganda moved to All Saints Church in Nakasero. The Anglican Faith is the religion most closely associated with the Buganda Monarchy since the end of the religious wars of the 1890s.
Visit the Kabaka’s lake (Kayanja Ka Kabaka), the largest man-made lake here dug up on orders of the tyrant Sekkabaka Mwanga (also a former King), who needed it as an escape route besides being a place for water sport just adjacent to his kingdom headquarters– Mengo.
After driving to Kampala central visit Nakasero market and a curio shop for some craft shops. This tour can be done any time of the year. It can also be done at the start or at the end of any of our other safari packages.