Kampala is exceptionally one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. It ranks among the busiest commercial centers and the fast thriving urban areas in the continent. Before it comprised of only 7 (seven) hills around Lake Victoria but today about all the 22 hills that this city is proud of have been developed due to the growing demand. Kampala is best known as a city that does not sleep. The name Kampala was derived from ‘impalas’ that existed around the 19th century on the old Kampala hill. For city dwellers or visitors who love city tours, Kampala is an incredible tourist city center on its own kind. A variety of remarkable attractions are all confined within this city and visitors are never left out of choice.
Below are some of the top best things to do in Kampala
1. Visit the Kabaka’s palace
Situated in Mengo, the Kabaka’s palace consists of two big palaces, the main palace in Bulange and because of this, Mengo area has become one of most splendid sites that are worth visiting while on Kampala city tours. It features unique history, architecture and also offers the best views of Bulange hill. The Kabaka’s palace is the official capital of the Buganda kingdom and different events are conducted in this area. The colonial power of the palace holds too much history of Buganda’s ancient Kingdoms.
2. Sightseeing in Kampala
Kampala is remarkably one of the excellent cities in Africa that offer the best sightseeing tours. For the best sightseeing tours in Kampala never miss to visit the Kasubi tomb site and this is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that reward visitors with authentic cultural experience. Culturally and historically this is recognized as a burial site for Buganda Kings and the four Buganda Kings were also buried in the same place. Other incredible sites include Uganda National Museum, Gaddafi National Mosque, Nommo art gallery, the national theatre and a mention but a few.
3. Visiting religious sites
For faith travelers, Uganda also features as one of the best destinations for faith tourism. Within Kampala alone, there are many religious sites that are all worth visiting and among others;
St. Mary’s Cathedral Lubaga
The seat of Kampala Archdiocese, Lubaga Cathedral which is located within one of the stunning hills in Kampala. It is famous for its memorials of the first African catholic bishop who was martyred for introducing Catholicism to Uganda. This is also the headquarters of Catholic Church in Uganda.
You can also pay a visit to the Baha’i temple which features as the only Baha’i temple in the whole of Africa. It comes in stunning domed cathedral on Kikaya hill off the Gayaza road as well as gardens and some birds like brown parrot, palm nut vulture, pied crow, black and white casqued hornbill, hadada ibis, double toothed barbet, speckled mouse bird, laughing dove, blue spotted wood dove, ring necked dove, black kite, great blue Turaco, woodland kingfishers, stripped kingfisher, scarlet chested sunbird, fort tailed drongo, ruppels long tailed starling, red billed fire finch and many more.
Gaddafi National Mosque
Gaddafi mosque is another area that you should consider visiting for the excellent views of Kampala as a whole. The mosque is spectacular on its own way and visitors can walk around while taking photos. It was established by the former Libya leader Colonel Gaddafi and it is the biggest in Kampala.
Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine Namugongo
You can pay a visit to Uganda Martyrs shrine in Namugongo and explore more about faith tourism and those who were murdered for denouncing the Kings powers at a time. The shrine is situated about 15 kilometers east of city centre along Jinja road. It from this place that about 14 out of 22 Uganda martyrs sacrificed their lives to Christ on the orders of King Mwanga in 1886 when they refused denounce their Christianity. The site has become an incredible tourist attraction and thousands of pilgrims from different region gather here every year on 3rd June to pay pilgrimage in this area.
4. Visiting the Kabakas Lake
The Kabaka’s Lake is the largest man made water body in Uganda. It is situated in Ndeeba Lubaga division about 5 kilometers from Kampala cit centre. The Lake extends up to 2 kilometers and it is 200 feet deep. It was dug by 52 clans of Buganda from 1885 to 1888 at the time of Ssekabaka Mwanga. This was mainly constructed with the intention of creating a channel that would enable the king to travel by boat to Lake Victoria, for swimming, fishing as well as act as an escape route.
5. Visit the craft markets
Kampala also offers you a chance to purchase some of its incredible craft products whether for decoration or for gifts. The biggest craft market in Kampala is situated along Buganda road, central Kampala and it is ever open seven days.
In conclusion, Kampala features a number of tourist sites that make it one of the best areas for city tours. This means that travelers can combine your city tours with wildlife safaris in most of the outstanding nations in Uganda.