Kampala city has quickly become one of the most visited tourist destinations in East Africa filled with a variety of local attractions & sites that depict the rich culture, religious and political history of Uganda. A typical Uganda safari always begins day 1 in Kampala as it will give the client a sample of the weather and people before they journey into the jungles. Journey through the streets of Kampala visiting Buganda’s most famous traditional sites, cathedrals, temples, craft shops , slums, local markets among other attractions under guidance of well trained guide in the comfort of a minivan.
There are plenty of places to visit on a guided Kampala city tour expedition but we have narrowed them down to 5 must visit destinations for a full cultural and historic experience in Uganda’s capital.
Buganda Kingdom sites
Buganda is the the strongest and most popular centralized kingdom in Uganda, their unique culture and traditions have attracted thousands of tourists across the globe. Visits to Kabaka’s palace, Kabaka’s lake, Kasubi tomb and the Buganda parliament offers you chance to learn about the history and traditions of Buganda kingdom. Kasubi tombs which are burial grounds to four of the past Kabaka’s (kings of Buganda) are almost fully redone and ready for tourism following the years that burnt them down 6 years ago.
Protestant and Catholic missionaries arrived in Uganda in the mid 1800 and introduced their religions setting up schools and churches of worship which still exit to this very day. A visit to Namirembe & Rugaba cathedrals will give you a glimpse of the religious history of Uganda. The amazing interior and exterior architecture of these ancient cathedrals depicts the history even before you ask the guide. Good thing they are situated just a few minutes drive from the city plus they are close to each by road.
There’s no better way to learn about Uganda’s history and culture than in the Museum, a majority of tourists ad this place to their Kampala city tour itinerary and rightly so because of the huge amount of things you can lean in short time on tour around the museum. The historic items and fascinating videos give a clear picture of the ancient Kingdom traditions, war items, royal regalia hand made local clothes, local way of life in the past.
Visit local craft shops & markets
Ask your driver/ guide to take you to the nearest craft shop in Kampala city if you looking for some souvenirs to take back home. The craft shops along Buganda road and Uganda crafts on Bombo road are two places you should check out for the best local hand-made crafts including traditional clothes, beads, necklaces, animal and human clay models, baskets, bracelets among other fascinating African handmade items. You can also make your way over to Owino market, Uganda’s largest market and do some shopping .
Visit Night Hangout spots
A tour in Kampala city is never complete without a night trip to one of the dance clubs and restaurants. If your looking to unwind and spend some time with friends and family before or after a park safari or long road trip. Popular hangout spots in Kampala city include Angenoir, Babeque Lounge, Gatomato, Governor, Club Venom, Botanical gardens, Golf course to mention but few. So if want to relax in the city, tell your driver to take you the most affordable and tourist friendly spots in town.
If you planning to do a Kampala city tour and still wondering which places to visit, the above 5 will give you the best sample of Ugandan culture and history in just one day- To book or inquire about a tour around the capital, simply send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +256-758540071 to speak with the reservations team.