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KAMPALA CITY TOURS

Kampala city is the capital and largest city in Uganda. It is a dynamic and engaging place with several attractions and activities that can surely keep you busy all day long. Kampala is home to over 4 million people and it has beautiful historical sites. These include museums, religious centers, parks, shopping malls, restaurants, and a theatre. Kampala is a great and fun place to live due to its low cost of living, high quality of life, and affordable housing.

Places to Visit during a Kampala City Tour

UGANDA NATIONAL MUSEUM

The Uganda National Museum is located in Kampala, Uganda founded in 1908. It is the oldest museum in East Africa. The museum has over 30 galleries containing thousands of pieces of art and artifacts. It has over 100 years of history from different periods that show different cultures and tribes.

This is home to the world’s largest collection of African art and cultural objects. The museum also has a natural history gallery, a botanical garden, a library, and a research center. Visitors must pay to visit, one can either pay at the museum entrance or buy tickets online.

Namugongo Martyrs’ shrine

Namugongo Martyrs’ shrine was built in memory of the martyrdom of the Martyrs who were killed during the reign of King Mwanga II. The shrine was constructed in 1892 by King Mwanga II and his wife Queen Nakiwogo.  It is a place where most pilgrims gather every year on 3rd June to celebrate and remember those that gave their life for their faith. They were killed by the British colonialists and the shrine is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Visitors can pay homage to the Namugongo martyred heroes by visiting the shrine.

THE BAHA’I TEMPLE

The Baha’i Temple also known as the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is the only Bahá’í temple on the African continent and one of only nine around the world. It is the largest Baha’i house of worship outside of Iran and was completed in 1961. The building is designed like a traditional Ugandan home but inside, visitors can see some of the artwork created by local artists. The Baha`i Temple in Kampala is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

The Bahá’í Faith was introduced to Uganda in 1951, making it one of the earliest Bahá’í communities in Eastern Africa. Since then, the Ugandan Baha’í community have firmly established the Faith in the country. Today, there are over six million Baha’is worldwide most of whom live in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan.

KABAKA’S PALACE in Kampala city

Kabaka’s Palace was built between 1894 and 1901 by King Mutesa II. It is situated on the hilltop of Mengo and has two main entrances. One entrance leads to the royal chambers, while the other leads to the public areas of the palace. Visitors must pass through security checkpoints to enter the palace grounds.

Inside the palace, visitors can view exhibits featuring the life of King Mutesa II, traditional African clothing, and artworks. Crafts including masks, drums, and spears can be seen in garalleries. It is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm and the entry fee is $10 per person.

GADDAFI NATIONAL MOSQUE

The Gaddafi Mosque is one of the religious sites most visited in Uganda, its’ construction began in 1972 and was completed in 2006. It is Uganda’s most famous mosques and has become a symbol of Kampala. The mosque is located in the center of town (old Kampala) and is open to visitors from all over the world. It’s easy to visit the mosque if you’re staying or visiting Kampala. There’s no entrance fee to enter the mosque itself, but donations are accepted.

NDERE CULTURAL CENTRE

Ndere Centre is a cultural center that offers various activities including art exhibitions, music concerts and film screenings. It has theatre performances, dance shows, and other events especially during weekends and evenings.

The centre was established in 1996 and has become the home to the Ndere Cultural Troupe dance group from 2003. It is a place where people can learn about Ugandan culture, history, heritage and experience life of the locals. It is a place to visit if you want to experience the best of Uganda.

BUGANDA ROAD CRAFT VILLAGE

Buganda Road Craft Village is a place where artisans from different parts of Uganda meet to sell their products. The village has over 100 craftspeople who sell their wares in the market. It is a great place to visit and buy handcrafted items from local artists and learn about the history behind each item. Pass by to get souvenirs to carry back home.  Buganda Road Craft Village is open daily from 8 am until 5 pm. 

NAKASERO AND OWINO MARKETS

These markets are where many locals buy fresh produce from vendors, ranging from fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, and many more.  They are very busy markets and great to tour as you experience what the everyday life of a Ugandan looks like. During a visit to these markets, you will get an opportunity to taste some of Uganda’s street delicacies like the famous rolex which is rolled eggs, vegetables, and chappati. Do not leave Uganda without tasting a rolex.

NAMIREMBE CATHEDRAL in kampala city

Namirembe is a beautiful cathedral for the Anglican faith located in Kampala City, Uganda. It was built between 1885 and 1888 and has become a popular tourist attraction. The cathedral is home to the Namirembe Museum, which houses many historical artifacts from the region. Namirembe Cathedral is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

EXREME ADVENTURE PARK

This park is located in the outskirts of the city situated in Busika which is 40Km North of Kampala City Centre.  It is one place not to miss out if you want a great family or group tour. Extreme Adventure Park offers engaging activities like high and rope courses, paintball, quad biking, ziplining, bungee trampolines, sky diving, go-karting, archery, and swimming.

When to visit Kampala city?

Kampala can be visited any time of the year and its weather is consistent. If you are planning on visiting other places like national parks in Uganda, the best time is to visit during the dry season. This is  experienced during the months of  June to September and December to February although it can rain any time given the tropical climate of Uganda.

What to keep in mind during a Kampala city tour   

  1. Know where you are going since it is a big city and chaotic. If you are not familiar with most places use a map or get a guide. Alternatively rent a car or boda to take you where you want to visit
  2. Start your Kampala city tour early, plan with your guide since places and people get busy quite early.
  3. Ensure that you eat healthily and stay hydrated since Kampala is a fun and busy city where many people work long hours and drink almost all night long. Drink plenty of water during the day especially. There are plenty of fruit stalls and vendors so make sure you have some to boost your energy levels.
  4. Be mindful of your belongings, keep valuables in your hotel room or where you are staying. Don’t carry a lot of money with you, keep your travel documents safe. Do not walk alone at night.
  5. Relax, do fun things, and create memories. Kampala has a lot to offer visitors who love to explore, the nightlife is amazing. Go dancing, go to a spa, swim, make friends, and enjoy your visit to the Pearl of Africa.