Summary of The Day: Joining for a Kampala sightseeing tour to uncover the rich history and culture of seven hills of Kampala, aka the Rome of Uganda.
After picking you up from your accommodation we'll head out to The Uganda Museum, a spectacular display of Uganda's cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a vivid reminder of the country's colourful past. The Uganda Museum (founded in 1908) in Kampala has exhibits of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history. It regularly presents performances of traditional music. One of its most interesting features is the collection of traditional musical instruments, which one is free to play.
You may also choose to visit the Kasubi Tombs (admission not included) where the fallen kings of Buganda Kingdom are buried. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of hillside within Kampala district. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome.
From here we'll journey to Nakasero Market, one of Kamala's oldest markets, where you can find a variety of huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, most of which are indigenous to Uganda. Across the street you can see the lower market which is full of spices, legumes, grains, and hand-made house hold items.
Then we'll visit Owino Market, one of the largest in this region of Africa. The endless booths that line the chaotic alleys of Owino offer a mind-boggling array everything from homemade irons to an amazing array of African foods, to any and everything else under the sun. Everything at Owinio starts cheap and gets cheaper with bargaining.
Next, we'll travel to Lubaga Hill, the original home to the main palace of Kabaka Muteesa I who ruled Buganda between 1856 and 1884. The palace was struck by lightning and was rebuilt on neighboring Mengo Hill. The first Roman Catholic missionaries to arrive in Buganda were Frenchmen, Father Pierre Lourdel Monpel and Brother Amans, who settled near the hill in 1879, and established St. Mary's Cathedral.
Today, Lubaga remains the seat of the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Uganda and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. The remains of the first African Catholic bishop in Uganda, Bishop Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka and those of the first African Catholic Cardinal, Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga are kept in the Catholic Mission on the hill.
After visiting here we'll head to Namirembe Hill, the site of St. Paul's Cathedral, the main place of worship of the Anglican Church in Uganda. The Anglican Faith is the religion most closely associated with the Buganda Monarchy since the end of the religious wars of the 1890s.
Then we'll visit the Kabaka’s Lake (Kayanja Ka Kabaka), the largest man-made lake here, dug up on orders of the tyrant Ssekabaka Mwanga (also a former King), who needed it as an escape route besides being a place for water sport just adjacent to his kingdom headquarters – Mengo.
Afterwards we'll drive to central Kampala where we'll visit Nakasero Market.
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