Kampala is the largest city and the capital city of the country, the city sits on the seven rolling hills from which you can get a clear view of the chaos of the downtown of the city. Kampala has a rich history and also has a variety of attractions that can keep you busy for several days on a tour to Kampala.
Today we have decided to put together the main attractions you can visit for free in Kampala and among them are the following.
1. Kampala city
When someone mentions Kampala city what comes to the minds of every Ugandan is the chaotic downtown part of the city and that is the area of Namirembe Road, Kibuubo, Arua Park, side of owino, Nakasero and many others. so in case you planning a Kampala city tour then expect to have visited such places and learn more about the hustle life of Ugandans in their congested city. On this, you can enjoy a ride on boda boda and explore every part of the city. Another thing you will still have a chance and enjoy locally cooked food seats with the locals and share conversation and tell you how they survive in this hard city. Then in the evening, you will know Kampala is alive day and night then at this time you will visit some of the most active bars and clubs of Kampala and if you take some alcohol still you take some beer and see how happy are Ugandans. A Kampala downtown city tour in most cases can take you a full day.
2. Kabaka’s Palace or the Bulange House
If you talk about Bulange, you can’t leave out Buganda as the largest kingdom and the most famous. The Bulange house is the administration house and the parliament of the Buganda Kingdom. According to the tradition of Buganda, the Kabaka (king) is the ruler of the parliament, and its believed that it’s ruled by two kings, one spiritual and the other secular.
The house was constructed in 1955 by the Ssekabaka (Late King) Mutesa after returning from exile from Scotland where he comes back with the drawing of how he wants the house to be. The construction of the Bulange house was finished in 1958. Bulange house can be visited at any time starting from 8 am to 5 pm in the evening and visiting this place is free and the women should not wear trousers when visiting Kabaka’s Palace. This is the perfect place where you can learn about the culture and history of the Buganda Kingdom.
3. Kasubi Tombs or Amasiro
The Kasubi Tombs is a burial site of Buganda Kings and some of the royal family; it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in December 2001. The place was almost destroyed by fire in July 2010 and the cause for the fire is still under investigation. This led to the site being added to the list of World Heritage Sites in danger in 2010. The Buganda Kingdom promised to reconstruct the tombs and the president of the National government of Uganda promised also to assist in the restoration of the tombs and the reconstruction of the Tombs started in 2014 funded by Japan government. The Kasubi Tombs is an important political and spiritual site for the Ganda people. The site offers a perfect impression of the rural village with a grass-thatched hut was built by Mutesa I as his palace in 1882 and later after is deaf it was turned into a burial site after two years. Visiting this place is free and starts from 8 am to 5 pm just to make your visit memorable you can pay simple money to a guide who can help to explain everything there.
4. Uganda Martyrs Shrine – Namugongo
Located in Namugongo in Kira municipality in the district of Wakiso, from Kampala the capital of Uganda, this martyr’s shrine is found in the northeastern direction about 16km from the capital city.
On 3rd June 1886, Mwanga II who was the king of the Buganda kingdom ordered the killing of 32 young men because they refused to renounce Christianity, the men have just burned live these martyrs were both Anglican and Catholics. Every 3rd June every year, believers from all over the country gather at this place to commemorate the life of these young men who were killed here.
Over 2 million people attend this ceremony every June 3, and this day is regarded as a national day holiday in Uganda. Many people come to this place from neighboring countries like, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and some of them just walk all the way from their areas of residence to attend the event, and many others who fail to attend in-person follow the celebration on national television.
You can also choose to attend this event in case you get a chance and 3rd June find you in Kampala but in case you come on a day which is not 3rd of June still you can go and take a tour around the place and you will find there some people praying whom will help you explain the history of the place.
5. Uganda Museum
The museum is located in Kampala something like a 20-minute drive from Kampala city center on Kira Road, Kamokya. It was officially established by the protectorate government of the British in 1908. It’s believed to be the oldest museum in East Africa the museum displays the natural historical, ethnological, and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage.
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