Kampala is Uganda’s capital city and the country’s largest urban center. Kampala city is built on seven hills with beautiful fertile soils that provide a living history. Kampala is the country’s commercial center with many businesses and companies. The industrial center is the origin of all the manufactured goods in Uganda. Kampala shelters the political center of Uganda with the Parliament and the President’s house, the educational center with many schools and Makerere University, and the transport center with many roads connecting to different parts of the country. On a one day Kampala city tour, we will give you chance to see this historical city in its many interesting facts.
We offer affordable 1 day and half day Kampala city tours. These suitable for groups or individuals, short stay trips, weekends away and school tours. You can mix and match tours depending on the time you have to explore Kampala.
This is a huge domed structure that houses the remains of the four former Kings of Buganda: King Mutesa I, Mwanga II, Daudi Chwa II, and Edward Mutesa II. The tombs were constructed in a traditional fashion with thatched roofs. The structure houses a variety of artifacts that belonged to the Kings. The site is looked after by the descendants of the Kings’ wives who live in the huts that belonged to their relatives. It is not to be missed on this one day Kampala city tour.
Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine
This shrine marks a famous incident that took place in 1886, when Kabaka Mwanga II ordered more than twenty newly-converted Christians to be burnt alive after they refused to renounce ‘the white man’s religion’. A majority of these martyrs were Kabaka’s workers, and were sent to death for his fear of losing the throne.
Uganda Arts and Crafts Villages
Hidden away behind the National Theater and another one on Buganda Road, these ‘villages’ have a number of stalls selling handicrafts, such as woodcarvings and small trinkets from around the country, all at reasonable prices if you do not mind to barter. For many visitors, these villages are the highlight of the tour.
The first Baha’i House of Worship on the continent – known as the “Mother Temple of Africa” – was built between 1957 and 1960 on Kikaya Hill, three miles north of Kampala. The concept of the Baha’i House of Worship, as envisaged by Baha’u’llah, not only incorporates a central meeting place for prayer and meditation but, in time, a range of facilities to serve the social and educational needs of the surrounding population. For the last fifty years, the temple’s expansive gardens have also proven to be a popular place for visitors to rest and contemplate.
St Paul’s Namirembe Cathedral
The church has been in existence since 1892. Other churches have since been built on top of Namirembe Hill. The church provides a spectacular view of Kampala and was constructed by Kabaka Daudi.
St Mary’s Cathedral
This is a ravishing church which graces the hilltop of Rubaga. Previously, it was a site for the royal palace of Kabaka Mutesa. It was constructed between 1914 and 1925 with the help of the Catholics’ donations from missionary churches abroad.
This is the oldest and most prestigious university in East and Central Africa. Campus grounds stretch over Makerere Hill and the main hall stands at the top, overlooking Kampala city.
Old Kampala Mosque
This huge, elaborate mosque is also referred to as Gaddafi Mosque because the money that funded its construction was from the former Libyan President.
This museum is a unique collection of ethnological exhibits covering hunting, agriculture, war, religion, witchcraft and natural history, as well as a great collection of traditional musical instruments from all over the continent. The building also houses the Uganda Society and their library with a wide range of books on Uganda’s history and culture.
National Theater / Uganda Cultural Center
The National Theater is home to a number of drama and dance troupes and frequently stages new productions. It is worth a visit whilst on this city tour. The majority of visiting artists perform here. Monday night’s jam session at the Musicians’ Club is a rare combination of people and music you just should not miss!