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What Attractions & Tour Activities To Experience During Your Kampala Visit?The city of Kampala is a fascinating melting pot of cultures with a long and illustrious history that began with the reign of the Buganda kings. As you tour the city, you will be able to visit many fascinating sites that stand testament to those times. Visit the Kasubi Tombs for a glimpse of Uganda’s royal past, before going on to explore the Uganda National Mosque and the early colonial-era Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedrals. The more unique Baha’i Temple, Muslims mosques, Hindu temples, Kampala Jewish Synagogue and Nakayima Tree all attest to the religious harmony and diversity that prevails in Uganda. Round out your tour by sampling Uganda’s impressive range of arts and crafts with a trip to the Uganda Museum and Craft Village on Buganda Road.
- Incredible melting pot of cultures and historical remnants dating back to the time of the traditional kings of Uganda
- Various architectural wonders that showcase religious tolerance and harmony
- Shopping expeditions for authentic arts and crafts and global merchandise
- Visit conservation sites such as Serenada Eco Tourism Wilderness, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center, Uganda Reptile Village
- Experience a diversity of spiritual attraction sites such as Africa’s only Baha’i Temple, mosques, Hindu temples, a Jewish Synagogue, cathedrals and a remnant of the Bachwezi Empire - the Nakayima Tree
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1. Tour Of The Baha’i Temple
- One of the only such temples on the continent of Africa
- Standing on a 50-acre property on Kikaya Hill
- Spectacular architectural design created by Charles Mason Remey
2. Shop At The Craft Village On Buganda Road
- Shopping at the Crafts Village where handcrafted items are available
- Enjoy a bargaining session which is an acceptable pursuit
- Selection of canvas art, colorful textile, pottery, musical instruments, beaded jewelry, souvenir utensils and many more
3. Visit The Uganda National Mosque
- Standing on the site of the Captain Lugard’s Fort that was dismantled during the reign of Idi Amin
- Construction commissioned in 1972 and eventually completed in 2006
- Stunning specimen of Islamic architecture showcasing fabulous pillars, sparkling glass chandeliers, and intricate mosaics
During your visit to the mosque, don’t forget to take off your footwear at the doorway, wear modest dressing that covers your legs, chest and hands, and the women need to wear a headscarf. When your visit to the interiors praying halls is complete, you can request your guide to climb to the apex of the minaret for stunning views of Old Kampala. Although the Mosque was commissioned in 1972, construction halted upon the dictator’s exile in 1979 and the mosque was not completed until 2006. Today the mosque is one of the region’s largest, with space for 15,000 Muslim worshippers.
4. Rubaga Cathedral Viewing
- Also called St. Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga, built on land donated in 1889 by esteemed Buganda King Mwanga II (Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa)
- Built in Romanesque styles much like the structures in South America and Europe
- Final resting place of first African Catholic bishop in Uganda
5. Uganda Museum Visit
- Located on Kira Road close to the British High Commission in Kampala
- Culture village designed to educate visitors on the heritage of Uganda
- Peaceful gardens where vacationers can spend time
6. Namirembe Cathedral Viewing
- Also called Saint Paul's Cathedral Namirembe, and is the oldest Protestant Church in Uganda
- Dismantled and reconstructed four times since its original establishment in 1890
- A beautiful organ is one of the most striking features
7. Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center Visit
- Sanctuary showcasing few of the rich and diverse wildlife of the country
- Rehabilitation home to some of the Big Five of Africa along with a range of other terrestrial life
- Sightings of avian life, reptile and children’s recreation area
Located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the heart of the city, the UWEC houses some of Africa’s Big Five, including the lion, leopard, baby elephant and rhino. You can also see red-tailed monkeys, giraffes, waterbucks, chimpanzees, zebras and the Uganda kob. Among the avian life, look out for the African fish eagle, peacock, shoebill stork, ostrich and pelican, to name a few. The center also has a children’s recreation area and reptile section. Please note there are photo opportunities for petting and feeding; however, AfricanMecca does not recommend engaging in these activities if you decide to visit the center on your own accord.
8. Serenada Eco Tourism Wilderness Trip
- Can be reached by taking a 35-minute boat ride from Ggaba Beach
- Sanctuary comprising of a papyrus jungle, tropical forests, a beach, and landscaped gardens
- Sightings of more than 220 diverse species of avian life
9. Tour Of The Hindu Temples In Kampala
- Shree Sanatan Dharma Mandal (SSDM) located close to Nakasero Market
- Built out of sandstone without the use of steel girders or nails, a marvelous architectural specimen
- Decorated on Diwali with thousands of small candles called dewas and traditional dance celebrations during Navratri
10. Uganda Reptile Village Excursion
- Located on the highway connecting Kampala and Entebbe
- Experienced snake handlers to display and educate visitors on the characteristics of the specimens
- Certain species known to live for up to 40 years
11. Kampala Jewish Synagogue Visit
- Located on Mbogo Road in Kibuli, center for the Jewish faith
- Houses the Monaco Institute of Science, which offers learners lessons in the Hebrew language and literature
- Fixed timings from Monday to Saturday when worshippers and visitors can visit
12. Excursion To The Nakayima Tree
- Remnant of the Bachwezi Empire ruled by three kings, Ndahura, Mulindwa and Wamara
- Center of folklore and myths that whisper about their sudden disappearance
- Held in reverence by Ugandan women who offer prayers to the spirit of Nakayima who lives in the tree
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Kampala (Luganda for Hill of the Impala) is built on what was once undulating green hills, fields of grass and wetlands. Today, it is a fascinating, cosmopolitan city with many attractions and tourist hotspots.
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WHERE & BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KAMPALA
Kampala offers a diversity of accommodations, from the boutique chic Latitude 0 Degrees to the larger luxuries of Kampala Serena Hotel. The deluxe property options are Humura Resorts and Emin Pasha Hotel.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KAMPALA
The long dry season starts around the middle of December, January and February, and is considered the best time to visit Kampala in Uganda. The alternate best time to visit is June, July and most parts of August.
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When visiting Kampala, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Entebbe.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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