Kampala city is uniquely located close to Lake Victoria’s banks. Prior to colonization by Britain, Kampala was the Capital of Buganda; it still is Uganda’s capital city and has a population close to 2.5 million. Other than its close proximity to Lake Victoria-the world’s largest fresh water later, Kampala lies on top of various hills that house important government buildings.
One of the hills, Kasubi Hill, plays host to the famous Kasubi Tombs that were used for sacred burial of Buganda kings. On top of Kololo Hill is the Uganda Museum that features lots of hands-on collection of traditional Buganda instruments of Music and power.
Unlike other major African cities, Kampala still enjoys little traffic. Additionally, Ugandans are very friendly people and safety is well maintained irrespective of the time of the day. This is unlike the neighboring Nairobi where crime is at its highest. The multiple NGO’s in Uganda has attracted lots of experts to the city. There are lots of places to visit in Kampala.
Popular tour spots in Uganda
Uganda Museum hosts top collections from the Buganda Kingdom and the African region at large. Other than the collection at Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs also host multiple cultural collections in addition to being the final resting place of the Buganda Kings. Despite being damaged by fire in 2010, efforts have been placed to restoring its original stature. Another interesting place to visit is the Nommo art gallery that houses exquisite arts collections by top Ugandan artists. The national theatre is also a place worth stopping at and enjoying African-based plays. The Cathedral, although not an attraction itself, offers an exclusive view of the city. The Old Kampala also hosts the famous Gaddafi National Mosque. Up the tower’s stairs, one can also enjoy a 360° view of the city.
On the other hand, Wamala tombs, like Kasubi Tombs hosts remains of various earlier Buganda kings including Kabaka Ssuuna 11 (19th century). The Kabaka is reputed for having married 148 wives and bore 218 children. Bahai temple located on top of Kikaya Hill is also a place worth a visit.
Things to do in Kampala
Hosting River Nile, visitors can raft the Nile’s headwaters; this service is offered by various companies. There is also the Bungee jump where visitors deep their head in Nile’s headwaters. Jet boating is also one of the activities at the Nile. An ATV safari along Nile’s headwaters is as well worth giving a try. It may also be worth stopping at Namugongo Martyrs shrines that were turned into a UNESCO world heritage following destruction of Kasubi tombs by fire. One can also enjoy an excursion to Mburo National Park that is just few hours’ drive from Kampala and see the amazing hippopotamuses, zebras, gazelles, crocodiles, birds, and warthogs. There is also an excursion to Entebbe to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
At the Kampala market, visitors can buy souvenirs representing the culture of Uganda. Indeed a great place to visit.