Kampala City Tour


Kampala is referred to as the city of 7 hills derived from its original location on hills that provided direction. The hills are closely linked to its colonial history. Adventure Cunsults will take you around the key/ important cultural Landmarks including Uganda Museum, Bahai Temple, Kasubi Tombs, Namirembe Cathedral, Rubaga Church, Nakasero market, Kabaka’s Lake in Lubaga, Uganda Martyrs shrine – Namugongo, African craft markets, among others. Our city tour excursion is not limited to the mentioned areas, so any other ideas to suite guests’ interests are welcome! Get in touch for lots more.
 
The National museum
Uganda Museum is a display of Uganda’s cultural heritage where you can see ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It’s a reminder of the country’s colourful past. Among its most interesting features is a collection of traditional musical instruments. Opened in the 1930’s by a group of scholars, the museum collection is comprised of approximately 3,000 volumes, maps, periodicals and photographs, all about African history, culture, archaeology, natural history, sociology, travel and science. The museum library houses the books of the East African Wildlife Society and a number of books from the museum which were given to the society’s care some years ago.

Bahai Temple
Located on Kikaya Hill, 7 kilometres from Kampala city centre has been hailed as one of the wonders of Africa. The Temple interests many visitors not only because of its rare and unique architectural design but also the beautiful natural environment. The temple majestically stands out above other features in the area. Bahai Temple can be seen from any of Kampala’s prominent Hills. Built about 40 years ago Bahai temple stands over 130 feet high with a pointed tip at the very top. This house of worship exudes a regal magnificent presence to create the impression that it is the start of the natural universe. Visiting Bahai Temple is a self-designed pilgrimage that gives an insight of heavenly peace and comfort plus a feeling of God’s revelation. The multi-coloured octagonal glass planes make up most of the over 100meter diameter of the gigantic building. The brownish blue and chocolate ceramics on the floor and the walls mix with the green roofing to create an image that blends with its natural surroundings.
Each continent has one Bahai Temple and the decision to locate it here, turned Uganda into Africa's spiritual heart for the Bahai

Uganda Martyr’s shrine, Namugongo.
Namugongo was formerly a place of execution of all people who committed grave offences in the kingdom of Buganda. It is here that 14 of the 22 Uganda Martyrs offered their life to Christ (burnt alive), on the orders of king Mwanga in 1886, having refused to denounce their Christian faith. Following the holocaust of these Martyrs which reached a climax on 3rd June 1886, Namugongo has steadily taken on the image of attraction as a place of pilgrimage.
As you approach the site, you are gripped by that special feel of a godly environment and heroic atmosphere of the Martyrs. This Minor Basilica/Shrine was dedicated to the Martyrs of Uganda who shed their blood. It is well known for its beautiful and unique interior and exterior, but it is especially notable for its shape and architectural plan. The 22 copper pillars-over 100 feet long that support the shrine built in form of an African hut and its wooden doors that depict the history of the Martyrs. The Shrine has a capacity 1000 seats arranged in a circular form. Please get in touch for more info about this historical site.

Kasubi Royal Tombs
This is a burial place for the Buganda Kings. Situated on Kasubi hill, within Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom. According to Baganda community, the Kabaka is the unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation. As the burial ground for the previous four Kings the Kasubi Tombs is a place where the Kabaka and others in Buganda’s cultural hierarchy frequently carry out important Ganda rituals. Visiting Kasubi tombs is a nice experience because there is a lot to learn about Buganda and its cultures, traditions and heritage.

NAMIREMBE & LUBAGA HILLS
Namirembe Cathedral

The oldest and centrally located Diocese in Uganda, Namirembe plays an outstanding role in gauging the life and spirit of the whole church in general as far as Uganda is concerned. Namirembe is the oldest, among the 29 Diocese of the Anglican church of the province of Uganda.

Rubaga Cathedral

Built at the beginning of the century, the magnificent St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral stands on Rubaga Hill, overlooking the city. The church has been a key player in construction on numerous schools of colonial brick style e.g. Namilyango, Kisubi, Namagunga, Buddo and Gayaza.

Other Areas of Interest
African craft Markets, Kabaka’s palace (Lubiri),Old Kampala mosque, National theatre, Nakasero Market, Kabaka’s Lake, temples, etc. Sometimes traffic can be terrible, so advisable to start with areas of high priority as per indivisual preference. If you have a night in Kampala, a visit to Ndere Cultural centre is worth it. You will enjoy cultural dance performances from all corners of East Africa – Performances are on Wed, Friday & Sunday. Traditional meals are served!
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