1 Day Kampala City Tour

Kampala City Tour: 1 day

Kampala, the bustling, confident capital city of Uganda, serves as a gateway to Uganda’s jungles and to Lake Victoria, but it’s also a place teeming with its own set of sights, sounds and flavors, built on the seven hills of Kampala (popularly known as Rome of Uganda) not to mention some of the friendliest people on the African continent.

Activity: Uganda Museum:  We will pick you from your Residence / Hotel to start your tour of  Kampala with a morning at the Uganda Museum, where the extensive collection of art and artifacts offers insight into the rich cultural heritage of Uganda. Once you’ve studied up on our local history, we will head out of town to visit one of Kampala’s top historical sites, the UNESCO-listed Kasubi Royal Tombs where four kings of the Buganda Kingdom were laid to rest.
Kasubi tombs:  Where 4 fallen kings of Buganda Kingdom are buried. The Tombs of Buganda constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of a hillside within 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.
Rubaga hill:  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 cathederal the Anglican Christians’ oldest church here; Mengo hill which has the headquaters 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.
Nakasero Market : At the noon of Saturday,January, 1895, the right Reverand 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 srructure. 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 house hold items . This market is surrounded by a number of shops or dukas , where you find every thing for the home . Hard ware, sanitary -ware and electrical shops surround the area.
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 everything from homemade irons, to American hand-me-down-clothes with the Goodwill price tags still on then, to an amazing array of African foods, to any and everything else under the sun. Everything at Owinio starts cheap and gets cheaper with bargaining.
African Crafts :  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 Rd. 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.

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