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Kampala City Tour: Explore the city of Kampala on the back of a motorcycle known as a ‘bodaboda’. This tour fully wraps you in the local culture driving around. You experience the authentic life of Kampala city as you see, smell, and taste the sights and sounds of Kampala!
The tour lasts 4-6 hours and exposes to you Kampala from all angle and viewpoints. It covers all of Kampala’s original 7 hills plus all the remaining hills – a total of 23 today. This is an adventure tours that makes you feel ‘Kampala’. You will not only explore the thrilling 27 hills of Kampala, but also discover the cultural, historical and hysterical sites Kampala has. This tour is for you!
Go shopping to the local Kampala market, enjoy Uganda’s ‘rolex’ (fried eggs in chapatti), thrilling luwombo – local Buganda food and many more.
Kampala occupies a series of hills at an elevation of about 3,900 feet (1,190 metres) and is situated in the southern part of the country, just north of Lake Victoria.
Kampala district lies within Buganda Kingdom in the Central part of Uganda.
The area neighbours Wakiso district to the south, west and north while the municipality of Kira lies in the east.
The geographical coordinates of the district are; 00 19N, 32 35E.
The Uganda population and housing census of 2014 put the population in Kampala at a figure of 1,516,210 people.
Because of its close proximity to the Equator, the weather in Kampala is warm all year-round. There are two rainy seasons from March through May and from august through December.
The largest University in Uganda and East Africa established in 1922.
Has the largest Library in East Africa & repute in Engineering, ICT, and Food processing and packaging. Advanced soft wares, the Kiira Electric Vehicle – an electric powered vehicle, plus the food incubation centre
Has lush flora and host of fauna not forgetting variety of birds.
The institution also contains a range of monuments, sculptures, works of art and paintings that describe it’s close to 100 years journey and the Uganda’s and Africa’s past in general along with its Zoology museum and the Margaret Trowel School of fine art.
Positioned on top of Kasubi Hill over 5 Km from the city center of Kampala, it shelters Kasubi tombs the ancestral burial grounds for the Kings of the Kingdom of Buganda and a world heritage site
In 1882, KabakaMutesa settled at the site like his predecessor Suuna II some 30 years earlier and renamed it Kasubi Hill after his birth place some 50 Km towards the East.
Mutesa built a large palace called MuzibaAzalaMpanga where he died from in 1884
The 4 Kings include; KabakaMutesa I, KabakaMwanga, DaudiChwa and Sir Edward Mutesa II.
Located on top of Namirembe hill, roughly 1.5km west of the city centre, it is the head of the Church of Uganda. Namirembe is a Luganda word meaning the “of peace”.
The initial cathedral was completed in 1903 by Baganda artisans taking up to 3,000 people. This was struck by lightening in 1910 and the reconstruction ended in 1919.
The Cathedral back yard features a cemetery with graves of Bishop Hannington, Sir Albert cook while the brass memorial plagues on the wall testify to the often short lives of Europeans in those early days.
Rubaga Catholic Cathedral:
Positioned on the summit of Rubaga hill, it is the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda
Built in an ancient Roman architecture in early 20th Century, it features splendid piers, great color paintings of catholic saints featured in its well carved windows and the fabric mosaics.
The graves of the first African Catholic Bishop Joseph Kiwanuka and first African Catholic cardinal CardinalNsubuga Emmanuel to mention but a few are in the back yard.
The name is got from the Luganda word called Okubaga because the Buganda Military generals used to plan wars from there. It was also the palace of the 19th King of Buganda, KabakaNsobya from 1724 to 1734.
Kabaka of Buganda KabakaMwanga offered the land to the missionaries and the cathedral was built from1914 – 1925.
Located on Mengo Hill, it is the palace of King of Buganda
Here KabakaMuteesa II was attacked by Idi Amin`s soldiers forcing him into exile
Amin built torture chambers in the palace and would apply electric shock as well to any one perceived as a political threat. Human bones and blood stains are still present
At the palace gate, there is traditional fire that has never stopped burning least the King is dead.
Buganda Parliament – Bulange:
Located at a mile direct from the gate of the palace
It is where the Kingdom Ministers sit to deliberate about the issues of Buganda
The SsekabakaMuteesa II got the architecture while in exile in Scotland in 1953 and when he returned with the drawings in 1955, construction began & ended in 1958 costing £5 million, fully funded by the Government of Buganda
Old Kampala hill which rises gently to the immediate west of the city center
The site of the original fort and capital founded by Captain Lugard in 1890.
This was initiated by Idi Amin in the 1970s but the project stalled after the dictator’s overthrow and has only recently been completed by Libyan leader Colonel Gadhafi.
The structure lay dormant as an ugly concrete monolith with a lofty minaret overlooking the city of Kampala.
The Uganda’s first Museum lies in the back yard
Ground work for the mosque began again in 2004 & was formally opened and dedicated for worship in 2008 by the late Colonel Gaddafi himself in an event that was attended by several African heads of state.
The Kabaka`s Lake:
This is one of the long surviving manmade lakes in Africa.
Dug on orders of KabakaMwanga in the 1880s, it covers 5 acres with the intention to connect to Lake Victoria from the palace and also act as fishing and swimming ground
Initially headed by incompetent Musoke, the lake was established in eleven months under the guidance of KamyaNdikumulaga
The Kabaka’s Lake has no inlet and yet its waters have never gone down, partly because of the springs that serve it
Owino Market & Tax Park :Owino is one of the largest second hand cloth markets in Africa
The visit to Owino and Taxi Park offers an authentic touch of the Uganda’s ordinary life in the down town
The Baha’i Temple:
Positioned on the hill of Kikaya, it is the first of its stature in Africa covering 8.5 hectares with its foundation having been laid on 26 January1958 after the coming of Baha’i faith in 1951 with architectural guidance of Charles Mason Remey and Shonghi Effendi
It is 38m tall and seats over 800 people on 515 Sq.m of floor space.
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