A city originally out of seven beautiful hills, Mengo, Rubaga, Namirembe, Makerere, Kololo, Nakasero, and old Kampla, was founded in the 19th century when the king of Buganda had his seat in the hills. In the later years, the city expanded and now sits on at least 21 hills, forming the present-day greater Kampala City. It is blended with architectural buildings from modern, colonial, and Indian cultures. Just because of its beauty, the leader of the NUP Party, Robert Kyagulanyi, had to name one of his children Kampala.
The city enjoys a good climate, and the people are friendly. Kampala, fondly known as the “Green City in the Sun,” lies to the south of the world’s second-largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria. and is full of beautiful historical sites.
The National Museum
The Uganda Museum is one of the best places to tour in Kampala because it will expose you to the real picture of Uganda and its warm and loving people.
Started in 1908, it is the oldest museum in all of East Africa. It emerged when Governor George Wilson called for “all articles of interest in Uganda” to be collected in one place. had its first home in Lugard‘s fort on old Kampla hill, a second home at the school of industrial art at Makerere University, and is currently at Kitante Hill, where it stands to date.
The museum is a collection of traditional culture and Ugandan music, with all kinds of musical instruments, archaeology, history, science, and natural history.
The Kasubi tombs
Kasubi Tombs, occupying 26 hectares of land and recognized as a world heritage site of local and international importance by UNESCO, are the burial grounds of the kings (Kabaka) of Buganda. Built purely by plant materials and constructed in a circular shape, it has so far housed four dead kings at a site called Muzibu Azaala Mpanga.Being the burial grounds for the Kings of Buganda Kasubi Tombs, remains a vital traditional architectural, spiritual, cultural, and political site for both local and international visitors.
The Uganda Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo
The current building of the Uganda Martyrs Shrine was started in 1967 at Namugongo, and it was finished after a period of 8 years, on June 3rd, 1975, and the shrine was officially opened by papal envoy, His Eminence Sergio Cardinal Pignedoli.Between 1885 and 1887, 32 young men were killed to death for their refusal to renounce Christianity; 22 were killed as authorized by King Mwanga of Buganda, and 13 of the 22 were burned to death; others were killed in different ways, as well as others.
Kampala Central Mosque
It was a gift to the Muslim community in Uganda by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. The construction of the mosque was completed in 2006, and it accommodates up to 15,000 worshippers and can also seat another 1,100 in the gallery, while the terrace caters for another 3,500.Officially opened in June 2007, it was named after Gaddafi until 2013, when it was renamed the Uganda National Mosque. This mosque is one of the Top 11 Tourism Places to Visit on a Kampala City Tour.
The Bahai temple
You will not have been to the city of the “Green City in the Sun” if you miss this temple. This is the oldest and the first mother temple to be built on the African continent in 1958, and it was the tallest building in East Africa when it was completed in 1961. In 1951, the Bahai faith started to increase; 500 Bahais in 80 localities, including 13 Baha’i Local Spiritual Assemblies, joined. This number of people was represented by 30 tribes in Uganda.
Kampala has a lot of beautiful sites to tour; don’t miss the marvelous sites while in Uganda.