Are you planning or interested in doing a city tour in Kampala and you want to know which Things to do on a city tour in Kampala? There are many exciting and vibrant locales for a most memorable trip with an urban flair in Kampala City. Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban center of contemporary skyscrapers. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country’s tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom. Kampala city is a beautiful local city to visit in Uganda for you to experience new cultures, histories and natural beauty.
Highlights of the Things to do on a city tour in Kampala.
Visiting the Six Hills of Kampala
Kampala was originally built on seven hills, but it has expanded to cover more than the original seven hills, these hill provide great sightings of Kampala regions, slums, Main building among others. The original seven hills are: Old Kampala Hill on which Fort Lugard was located, the first seat of the British colonial authorities in colonial Uganda. The second is Mengo Hill which was the then Kibuga (capital) of Buganda kingdom at the start of British colonial rule. The third is Kibuli Hill that is home to the Kibuli Mosque.
The fourth is Namirembe Hill, that is home to the Anglican (Wangeleza) faction of the Buganda religious wars of 1888 to 1892 and site of Namirembe Anglican Cathedral. The fifth is Lubaga Hill that is home to the White Fathers Catholic (Wafaransa) faction of the above-mentioned Buganda religious wars and also site of the Rubaga Catholic Cathedral. The sixth is Nsambya Hill, site of the former Cathedral of St Peter’s Nsambya and allocated to the British Catholic Mill Hill Mission during the signing of the Uganda Agreement (1900).
The seventh is Nakasero Hill on whose summit was Fort Nakasero, a British military installation built after relocating from Fort Lugard in Old Kampala. The hill was also the site of the European Hospital (the current government analytical laboratory opposite Ministry of Public Service headquarters). You can visit these hills which have so much history and old buildings of the Land as you spend your honeymoon in Kampala City.
Visiting Local Markets and churches
You can head out on one of the days on your city tour in Kampala City to visit the Local Markets that sell fresh food stuffs as well as cloths. Some the Markets you can visit are Wandegeya Market, Owino Markets, Nakawa Market, and Kiseka Market. You can as well visit shopping malls, Arcades and Places of Worship, like the Uganda Martyrs Namugongo church for religious tourism in Uganda.
The Uganda National Museum
The Uganda Museum is one of the oldest Museum in East Africa. It is located in Kamwokya, It displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. It was founded in 1908, after Governor George Wilson called for “all articles of interest” on Uganda to be procured. There is also cultural village with huts depicting traditional lifestyles of people in Uganda, you can experience the indigenous ways of the Ugandan ethnical culture, an array of cultural material, such as milk pots made from wood (ebyanzi), gourd vessels, basketry, bead work, horn work, ceramics, cutlery, leather works, armoury among others. The museum building also a historical landmark. Museum visit is on the most interesting this to do on your city tour in Kampala City.
Kampala city is the main sport center for Uganda for those interested in doing different kinds of sports, Uganda has embraced a number of sports such as baseball, cricket, tennis, golf, swimming, cycling, and boxing, Main Arenas and Stadiums are found in Kampala, for example you can visit the Mandela National Stadium. Head out to the Kampala golf course and play some golf with your loved one. You can as well do guided cycling around the city.
Buganda Kingdom cultural experience.
The local cultural experience is one of the best things to do on your city tour in Kampala City, Kampala is found in one of the Kingdoms in Uganda called Buganda Kingdom. You can visit the Buganda Kingdom Palace (lubiri), Buganda Parliament, Kabaka’s Lake, Kasubi Tombs (Where the royals are buried). You will learn about the Rich History of the Kings Linage and royals, traditions and customs, the food, dances among many things.
Night life in Kampala
On a nightlife in kampala, you want to check out the bars, clubs and lounges where you can find the best music and live shows. Kampala city has many other happening places, Kampala is known in East Africa as a city for entertainment and nightlife, and you can as well have a test of the local breweries. Some of the night spots include Club Guvernor, Club Ambience in Bakuli, Club Milano in Makindye, Fame lounge, Wave lounge.
Visiting the Craft Markets and Art Galleries
Kampala is full of creative and artistic people where you can visit and get souvenirs. The prominent places for still art or art galleries include afriart gallery, Asante gallery and nommo gallery to mention but a few. These deal in paintings, personal and famous people portraits. There also craft shops which deal in Africa textile wear, jewelry, bangles, some of the places include Uganda crafts on Bombo roads, Maridadi Crafts village on Nakasero road, craft market on Buganda road and national theatre craft center at dewton road.
There are historical monuments in Kampala mark the different events that happened in the past but which shaped the development of Kampala and the entire Uganda. There is independence monument close to Grand Imperial Hotel and Speke road. This monument marks Uganda’s independence in 1962 where a man is seen raising up a child through his hands. There is also Kabaka Mutesa I monument (the first president of Uganda), the World War II monument, the education monument in Kyambogo and and many other monuments in Makerere University (oldest university in Africa).
Chilling on Lake Victoria
Kampala is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Lake Victoria is blessed with fresh water, beautiful beaches and islands where you can spend quality time as you relax and chill on your honeymoon, you can visit Ggaba beach, KK beach, Mulungo Kabaka’s recreation beach and Speke resort Munyonyo. You can have beach games, local food and cruises on the Lake. You can as well visit the landing sites in Ggaba for community experience.
Where to stay in Kampala city
There are very many hotels to stay in Kampala. They range from budget to luxury hotels, the prices range from USD50-1000 per person per night depending on your choice. Some of the Hotels include Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel, Pearl of Africa Hotel, Hilton Hotel, fairway Hotel, Nyumbani Hotel, Fairway Hotel, Protea Hotel, Golf Course Hotel and Many others. Things to do on a city tour in Kampala
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