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Kampala in General

The capital city of Uganda, Kampala, was originally built on seven hills of the Buganda Kingdom: Rubaga Hill, Namirembe Hill, Kibuli Hill, Kasubi Hill, Muyenga Tank Hill, and Mengo Hill, the administrative capital of Buganda, and Old Kampala the political and geographical heart of Buganda Kingdom.

Before the arrival of the British in Uganda, the King had political power. Mengo Hill was a political centre for Kabaka Mwanga and the neighbouring environs on Kampala Hills were favourite hunting grounds of the Kings of Buganda.

The name ‘Kampla’ comes from the phrase ‘kasozi kampala’ meaning hill of the antelope. Antelopes roamed Mengo Hill, which was a reception point for foreigners during Kabaka Muteesa’s reign. Captain Lugard, a European explorer is said to be the founder of Kampala after setting up fort in the 1890s.

Kampala is a pleasant city for day excursions. The city has many luxurious and budgetary accommodation facilities, as well as recreation centers such as cinemas, clubs, casinos and sports grounds. Day trips around Kampala can be organized to religious centers, historical sites and monuments. Furthermore, there is excellent shopping available at craft shops, malls, and markets.

WHAT TO SEE:

RELIGIOUS CENTERS

NAMUGONGO MARTYR’S SHRINE

The site established in remembrance of the massacre that took place on 3rd June 1886 on the orders of the then chaotic Kabaka Mwanga fulfilled by Mukajanga when the martyrs failed to renounce their adopted faith is situated about 15 km from Kampala city center along Jinja road.

Attraction at the site include the conical metallic domed style church supported by 22 copper pillars each representing a Martyr and housing a jaw born for Charles Lwanga the then leader of the catholic contingent. The 1000 seat Basilica arranged in a circular form is Closed with wooden doors depicting the history of the martyrs, the grass thatched pavilion supported by 4 (four) pillars on the martyr’s lake island is an ideal place to view the 15 acres compound of the site. Martyrs lake where pilgrims often drawn water believed to healing various diseases and used for blessing.

NAMIREMBE CATHEDRAL

The Anglican church of Uganda seats at the top of Namirembe hill was first built in the Buganda artisan style in1903 and of present the red brick structure is built to vast dimensions and graced by attractive stained glass windows was completed in1919.  The Cathedral is roughly 1.5km off Natete -Wakariga road west of the Kampala city.

Activities at the Cathedral include sight seeing as the hill offers superb views of  Kmpala City and the surrounding suburbs, spiritual prying, conferencing, hill walking, wedding and party gatherings the cemetery graves of Bishop Hannington and Sir Albert Cook and brass memorial plaques on the walls testify the lives of the European explorers.

RUBAGA CATHEDRAL

On the land donated to the Catholics by Ssekabaka Mwanga South west of Kampala city 500m off Natete –Wakaliga road seats the huge Roman Catholic Church Rubaga Cathedral. At the church there are 2 restaurants, a missionary Rubaga Hospital bookshop, police station and accommodation facility.

The unique architectural designed church houses the remains of the first African Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka, paintings Sculptures of the White fathers, brothers and the Holy Mary the two bell tower and the tombs all may be of the interest of the Tourists supplemented by the holly masses organized on regular basis, religious meetings and shopping of religious materials.

KIBULI MOSQUE

A spot where Uganda’s first Islamic visitors settled marks Kibuli Mosque in a cluster of white minarets and palm trees. Kibuli provides a superb view of Kampala city center, in the south of the hill is Muyenga tank hill with its mushrooming home and the beacon for the night spots of Kabalagala and Ggaba Road at its base. Activities at the site include holly praying, sports recreation, and hill walking for sight viewing.

BAHAI TEMPLE

Africa's Bahai temple in Kampala

Shiraz Chakera at Flickr

The Bahai house of worship is the central building dedicated to the social, humanitarian, educational, scientific as well as the spiritual aspects of Bahai community life is the only place of worship of its kind in Uganda and Africa as a continent. The unique and beautiful spiritual home to the continent’s Bahai faith is situated in the crest of Kikaya Village four miles from the centre of Kampala on Gayaza road opened to the public in1961. The 800 seating capacity building is 124 feet high and 44 feet in diameter with a circular verandah where one can gain entry to the house of warship using the 9 doors.

The green dome is made of tiny glazed mosaic tiles from Italy while the lower roof tiles are from Belgium and walls are precuts from stone quarried from Uganda. The reinforcing steel and windows frames and fittings are from Britain, West Germany supplied the colored glass timber for doors and benches are from Uganda. The exquisite carpeting is of Russian make.

Besides its uniqueness and beautifulness, visitors visit the temple to view the designed graves self relaxation in the green and clean environment, sight seeing, meetings and partying but religious reasons matter a lot for any kind of visitation for the sites protection and conservation.

OLD KAMPALA MOSQUE

Rising gently west of the city center after new tax park is Old Kampala hill. The gentle walk take about 5-10 minute to reach the original Fort and Capital founded by Captain Lugard in the 1890s doted with a few fine colonial era buildings of the Asian design and the new Old Kampala Mosque initiated by Idi Amin in the 1970s completed by the late Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi.

INDIAN TEMPLE

Close to Nakasero market is the Indian temple, the sandstone building was made without the use of a 
single nail, adorned with ornaments and symbols.  The thousands of fairy lights during night, the unique architecture, the paintings and sculptures, symbols and signs, events and other Indian religious festivals. It is commonly known for the Indians who are Hindustanis.

HISTORICAL SITES

NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF UGANDA

On Kiira road about 2km from the city centre is Uganda National Museum the oldest in East Africa and the perhaps best. As a tool for cultural pluralism, national development, and democracy and for the public education (international council of Museum 1991), the Uganda Museum is existing on themes of art and craft, technology, archeology, history, ethnology, natural history and industry.

At “Enyumba ya Mayembe” house of Fetishes initially known by the locals, visitors are exposed to the independence pavilion of science and industry, the stone age room, the gallery of traditional music instruments, the temporary exhibition room, the history and the iron age display traditional life gallery and the natural history centre and paleontology gallery.

The services provided at the Uganda Museum include education, recreation, selling at curio shops, canteen, and craft shops with facilities for laboratory research, education hall, party hall and conferences and the Uganda society library which has comprehensive collection of published works relating to Uganda.

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

The oldest and main camps of Uganda founded in 1922 lies about 1km North of the city centre off Bombo road on Wandegeya traffic lights. Interesting places to see are, the University library with the African section while the campus book stocks local interesting academic works, the faculty of MDD full of worthy hearing music sounds on a busy day, the Whitewashed Main building hall with its handsome bell tower, the faculty of fine art gallery, the Zoology museum, the spacious green environment with the different architectural halls, faculties and the common marabou stalk. Ascending to the top of the hill is the mighty water tank.

At the site one can participate in sports recreation for any of the sports centers at the university, hill walking, holly worshiping, educational research, sight seeing enjoying the different views of Kampala and the surrounding suburbs, accommodation at Makerere guest house, clubbing, venue for parties and conferences.

THE CLOCK TOWER

Known as Queen’s clock commemorates the time when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II came to Uganda in 1954. At the site you might have an opportunity to associate with the officers on duty controlling the busy clock tower traffic jam.

INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT

This sculpture of a lady holding a baby represents the independence of Uganda of October 9th 1962. It was made by Gregory Maloba and stands in the heart of Kampala the capital of Uganda near Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

THE KABAKA’S LAKE

The biggest man-made lake in Uganda was constructed on the orders of SSekabaka Mwanga before he was exiled. The lake was constructed to be used as an escape route to Lake Victoria via Munyonyo. Due to heavy rains, the lake has grown larger than its original size.

The lake is used for ritual performances and for coronation day.  The lake is a great place for bird watching, swimming, going on boat rides, or resting. Restaurant and conference services are available at Pope Paul Memorial Community Centre off Nabunya road in Ndeba, and the lake is about 200m away.

THE BULANGE BUILDING

On the south side of Natete on Wakaliga road, 500m past the turn off to Namirembe, is the traditional seat of Buganda Parliament, one of the impressive colonial era buildings in Uganda. The Bulange building’s roof is capped with trio of spires and the CBS radio, and the main entrance situated on a tree-lined avenue known as the “Kabaka njagala,” which means “the king is coming.”

About 200m downhill from the Bulange building are two exotic giant tortoises that live around the gardens of an impressive old building of one of King Chwa’s regents, Stanley Kisingiri.

KASUBI TOMBS

Heading out of Kampala city past Makerere University to Nankurabye roundabout turning right on hoima road at Kasubi market, continue for about 500m on uphill along Masiro road is the great Kasubi tombs and unique of its kind sitting on Kasubi Nabulagala Hill.

Kasubi tombs was established in 1882 as Ssekabaka Mutesa I’s palace and when he died in1884 was buried in his Palace and followed by his successor Ssekabaka Mwanga in 1910, Ssekabaka Daudi Chwa in 1939 and Sir Edward Muteesa II in 1971. In the year 2000, Kasubi tombs was gazetted as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

At the entrance of the heritage site is the “Bujjabukula” the gatehouse facing the Bunyoro the then main enemy of Buganda. Inside the read fence are the conical houses for the wives of Kabaka, umbilical chord art works, fireplace, curio shops, the drum house and the main Kasubi tombs.

The Muzibu Azaala Mpanga is domed shaped and grass thatched built in traditional Ganda structure, which has been renovated for several years. Inside the house are the 52 rings representing 52 clans of Buganda Kingdom, grave called ‘’Kibira” the forest covered with the bark cloth, board game, staffed leopard, gift matches of Chwa, ladies representing wives kings, spears, shied, chairs and baskets for offering gifts.

KABAKA’S TRAIL

The Kabaka’s Trail is a unique journey through Buganda’s rich heritage. The tail gives you a chance to learn about the hidden and forgotten history of Buganda, as well as to experience an authentic, tradition culture flavored by the dances, music, craft making, spiritual healing, story telling and sight seeing.

The trail links a series of cultural site, all of which are within and easy reach of Kampala areas. The unforgettable experience attractions include Naggalabi Buddo Coronation site the very heart of Kingdom, Katereke Prison where the earth speaks of betrayal and murder, Wamala King’s Tombs a place of ritual and ceremony, Nnamasole Kanyange Tombs linking mother and son forever, Ssezibwa Falls beauty and healing in harmony, Nnamasole Baagalayaze tombs and Cultural centre a place of hope, celebration and learning and the great Kasubi tombs linked with the Kabaka’s lake and the Bulange Building.

WAMALA TOMBS

Situated about 12km Northwest of central Kampala on Hoima road, taking about 1.5km on a dirty track at Nansana is the magical but forgotten place, simply quite a unique, set on a hilltop in beautiful surroundings, is the sacred burial place of the powerful and despotic ruler with a fierce some reputation for punishment Ssekabaka Suuna.

Inside the tomb house visitors make offerings to the dead King, ancient spears and shields surround the central platform and back cloth screen hiding the mythical eternal forest, the array of the royal artifacts drums, and other musical instruments. The tombs are used for ritual ceremonies involving the dead kings umbilical chord his jawbone and other magical objects.

NNAMASOLE KANYANGE TOMBS

Termed as the link mother and son forever on the hill top opposite Wamala tombs is the most revered woman in Suuna’s Royal court his mother Nnamasole Kanyange before dying she appointed a new Nnamasore.

The tombs are an important place for ritual ceremonies and contain the drum for calling the Suuna’s spirit. An historical walk to the impressive Wamala tombs retraces the steps that Kanyange and Suuna followed to visit each other.

SPORTS CENTERS

Kampala city is an ideal place for sports and recreation done from any of its outskirt places.  Track and field sports lovers can visit well facilitated Mandela National stadium Nambole along Jinja road and the all time Old Nakivubo stadium just opposite the new taxi park at the heart of Kampala city, Lugogo indoor stadium for in door games, Golf at Uganda golf club, cricket from Lugogo Stadium, Motor sport from Lubiri Kabaka’s Boating which takes on lake Victoria at Murchison bay and on the Kabaka’s Lake, Bowling done from Alleygators Ten Pin Bowling Alleyat Garden City, swimming from any of the hotels with swimming facilities, international schools and clubs,  Ice skating at Garden city, Rugby at Kampala Rugby club off Lugogo bypass and Kyadondo rugby club Jinja road and sport fishing experienced from Munyonyo and Ggaba on Lake Victoria and the Kabaka’s Lake.

THEATRE, TRADITIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC

Uganda is rich of different cultures with different cultural art and performance. While at Kampala city, theatre performances can be experienced at the National theatre on De Winton road with an Old palace musician Ssempeke and his brother Serwanya, the Bakayimbira Dramaticors at Marvin theatre at Natete along Masaka road, Ndere Troupe with Sunday performances at Ndere Centre Northeast Kampala about 2km from Ntinda trading centre and the oldest excellent Afrigo jazz band performing at Little flowers on Bombo road.

SHOPPING CENTERS

NAKASERO MARKET

Located at Market Street opposite Tourist hotel into the heart of the city. At the market is the source to a variety of indigenous fresh fruits and vegetables from the fertile soils of Uganda, legumes, grains, and hand made household items.  Here is where you can get mostly high quality fresh fruits food and vegetables. Here is mostly visited by foreigner and high class standard kind of people and here things are measure in kilograms each at around $1 and above depending on the type of things you are buying.  The market is surrounded by a number of shops selling hardware materials, sanitary ware electrical shops. Negotiable skills are needed as prices might be hiked depending on the kind of customer’s physical appearance here JUST TRAVEL UGANDA can help you to go about these challenges.

OWINO MARKET

About 100m from the Old tax park and just between Nakivubo stadium and Kafumbe Mukasa Road you experience designer market of Uganda’s biggest population St. Balikuddembe Market named in remembrance of Ugandan Martyr Balikuddenbe whose monument and a church which pilgrims visit on the festive season of Martyrs day.

The experience is fascinating that you can get second hand designer clothes and shoes, such as Ck, Tommy hill figure and many more, other types at as cheap as $1 and first class grade.   Still here you can get variety of Indigenous fresh fruits and vegetables from the fertile soils of Uganda, legumes, grains, vegetables and hand made house hold items. Prices are really cheaper compared to rest of other shopping centers of Kampala prices. Here mostly fruits, food and vegetables are sold in bundles at a price of less than a dollar each. The market is surrounded by a number of shops selling hardware materials, sanitary ware, electricals. Negotiable skills are needed as prices might be hiked depending on the kind of customer’s physical appearance and beware of pickpocketers here JUST TRAVEL UGANDA can help you to go about these challenges.

GARDEN CITY MALL

On Yusuf Lule Road is the Garden City complex with an ample secure parking, a place visitors can have entertainment from Cinema complex banking facilities from Barclays bank, Stanbic, Standard chartered and money transfers, recreation facilities, gaming, information centers, lunch, dinner in the food courtly, coffee shops, from Uchumi a typical one stop shopping center with groceries, electronics, clothes, amazing Ugandan craft parked beef.

SHOPRITE

In Uganda shoprite group has two stores at Clock tower in the city centre where besides shopping one can view the busy clock tower traffic junction, Swaminarayan temple and the other is at Lugogo shopping mall on Jinja road opposite Lugogo cricket oval Ground. Its not only about shopping when it comes to shoprite stores but around it there are fast food store communication service centers for MTN, Utl and banking facilities.

These two world class Shoprite supper markets are stocked with a wide range of quality products at the lowest prices. A large percentage of products sold in the store are sourced from South Africa and some locally. Divided into well-marked sections for easy location of goods a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available in the store as well as a selection of locally produced coffees.

GAME SHOPPING MALL

Housed in the Lugogo shopping mall on Jinja road opposite Lugogo cricket oval Ground Game is a gigantic complex for authority household items, electronics, gymnasium equipment and furniture.

CRAFT CENTERS AND GALLERIES

Wish to glance through generous unique and amusing souvenirs rooted from the rich cultures, made from Ugandans or imported from the neighboring countries, with hours of sheer viewing pleasure. Craft village behind and at the National Theater De Winton Road and Buganada road Women’s Craft Market, are the place to visit around Kampala. You can find almost anything made in Uganda at the National theatre crafts market from mats, bracelets, artifacts, beads bangle, and African chairs to mention.

ACCOMMODATION IN KAMPALA

The number of hotels in Uganda has grown enormously in recent years, Kampala holding the largest number. Two-five star luxurious category, which caters primarily to international leisure, business travelers.  In Kampala on upmarket hotels you may choose from Sheraton Kampala hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel, Imperial Royale Hotel, Emin Pasha Hotel, Golf Course Hotel, Grand Imperial Hotel, Protea Hotel. If cost is not a major constrain for standard accommodation expected a home away from home for a double room self contained with hot water, fan, room service, internet and DSTV expect the booking price to be in brackets of $120 and above for bed and brake fast.

Moderate accommodations are mostly not classified upmarkets hotel but are expensive and are sufficiently of high standard to budget. Charge between $50-$120 some may go above for a double room self contained with hot water, fan, room service and possibly DSTV inclusive of bed and brake fast.  The affordable hotels in this category include Hotel African, Speke Hotel, Shangri la Hotel, and Fang Fang Hotel Diplomate.

Budgetary accommodations are generally large at the local market. Definitely they do not approaching the international standard but reasonably clean, comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities, running water, fan, and good mosquito nets and room rates range between $10-$40 some may go above for a double the following fallow in this cartegory; Amponye Hotel, Pacific Hotel, Fairway Hotel, Hotel City Square, Tourist Hotel.

Shoestring category dominates guest houses accommodating with accost of around $5-$10 or a little more for a double sharing bath rooms, toilets, with a reception and with a restaurant

There have been a great number of organized campsites in Uganda and that now there are very few established tourist centers where you cannot pitch a tent in a guarden site with good facilities. Camping costs around $5-$10 per night and in Kampala the facility can be received from Red Chilli Hideaway, and Backpackers

TRANSPORTATION IN KAMPALA

Shared Taxis and buses stations

In Kampala travel is either by public commuter mini-buses boarded either from the New tax Park or Old tax park depending on where you are going. By law all vehicle performing in this category are supposed to have a distinctive blue and white band round the middle with visible written number plate. They fall in 14-30 passenger seats and the cost ranges from as low as a Dollar for town service to $20 and above for long distances for up country travels.

There are numerous bus stations in and around Kampala Qualcell bus station, Horizon bus, getway, Postbus, Kalita, Link organizing upcountry trips to Hoima, Kabale, Mbale, Kasese Mubende, and regional trips including Busscar, Akamba Kampla coach charging relatively simple fares

Boda boda

In and around the town the most convenient means of travel is by “boda boda” motorcycle. These easily get around Kampala’s notoriously traffic snarlsups. Depending on the length of the journey the cost of using a Boda boda is between a $1 and above however you should be aware of pretty poor urban safety records by identifying reasonable looking operator and do not be afraid of tell him to slow down and asking for a safety element.

Car hire and special hire

There are privately organized special hire stations in and around the city centre. Yellow tax, Europcar, Hertz rent a car Blue cruse the cabs charge about $3 and above but you will have to take extra observation to the genuine tax driver to use. Here JUST TRAVEL UGANDA is recommended for all you car hire services and transfers.

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