7-Day classic culture extravaganza & wildlife safaris
No fixed price! It is your chance to experience the best shopping bargains in downtown Kampala’s vibrant markets. This is just one of the niceties of Kampala city tour’s unique activities. If you have limited time not to take a trip to the national game parks or track gorillas, you can sample our special single day’s excursions that will give you equally beautiful memories of this wonderful country.
8:00AM: Namugongo Martyrs Shrines .
After a relaxed morning breakfast, your driver will pick you and you head straight to the Namugongo Martyrs shrine, just 20 minutes outside Kampala. This is a place of great religious significance. Every June 3, as many as 5 million Christians from as far as Brazil converge here to pay homage to the first Christians who were killed as Christianity took root in Uganda and in the region. Two Popes have visited Namugongo. You can separately book your trip to Namugongo every June 3, 2018 to have a feel of this great Christian convention.
9:30AM: Bahai Temple:
Sitting on 52 acres of land and 130ft with a dome of 44ft in diameter, the Bahai temple is no ordinary house of worship. It is a unique architectural master piece built between 1958 and 1961, three miles North of Kampala. It is a nine sided structure which represents oneness and unity of the faiths biggest tenets.
Relax on the lush beautiful park like ground with lots of beautiful trees most of them fruit tree species and flowers as well as a green-carpet like grass with clean clear gazetted paths leading to the dome.
11:00AM Uganda Museum.
After the Bahai temple, we head back to the city centre straight to the Uganda Museum. Founded in 1908, the museum is a sojourn of great history, artefacts, science, archeology, musicology, ethnography, natural history and stone age sites. The museum has the largest collection of ethnographic materials in the whole of Africa. Here, you will see more of Uganda’s cultural heritage from the different tribes and their different totems. Learn more about the ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. See the first car in Uganda and occasional sessions of traditional performances.
12:30AM: Kasubi tombs.
After the museum, head straight to Kasubi Tombs- the burial grounds for the past four Kabakas (Kings) of Buganda. Buganda is Uganda’s largest ethnic group. It is here that you will see symbolic rituals and Buganda’s complex cultural hierarchy.
2:00PM: Nakasero/ Owino markets/ St. Balikudembe markets.
These three markets are walking distances from each other. Nakasero was the first formal market established in 1895 after advice from Reverend Mackay to Kabaka of Buganda and it is a place for great fresh fruits.
Down the street from Nakasero is St Balikuddembe Market: This is the largest open market and the best place to get merchandise at a bargain. There is no fixed price and the salesmen and women are very creative with their sales. Established in 1971 when Kampala City Council relocated 320 vendors from Nakasero Market, Owino Market is a myriad of activity and free trade. The market is divided into two areas, one partially covered, where fresh produce is sold, and another located in an attractive old building, where textiles, hardware, electric shops are on sale.
3:00pm: Gaddafi Mosque/ Old Kampala.
After the markets, we take a short drive uphill to Old Kampala to the imposing mosque which is one of the most pivotal positions to view metropolitan Kampala. This is also the second largest mosque in Africa co-funded by the late Lybian strongman Muhamar Gadhafi.
4: 00pm: Exposure Africa/ Uganda Arts & Crafts Village.
These two crafts markets are not far from each other and are the biggest craft market in Uganda with about 50 stalls. Here you will find authentic Ugandan crafts that you can purchase as souvenirs. There are wood curvings, country souvenirs, and batiks capturing different themes and lifestyles of Uganda.
6:00PM: Ndere Centre.
If time allows, we can crown our city tour with a roll over cultural extravaganza at Ndere Centre for great barbeque/ muchomo/drink, cultural performances or to one of the vibrant night life that make Kampala the entertainment city of East Africa.