The 7 Best Things to Do in Kampala, Uganda

August 23, 2017 Janette Largent

Near the banks of Lake Victoria, Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is a lively city with a long history. Before the British, the city was the capital of the Buganda Kingdom, and remains so to this day. The city sits on several hills, each housing an important government or religious building. Kasubi Hill is the home of the Kasubi Tombs, a sacred burial ground of Buganda Kings. The Uganda Museum sits atop Kololo Hill, and features a hands-on collection of traditional musical instruments.
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1. Gaddafi National Mosque

Old Kampala Road | Plot 23/25, Kampala, Uganda +256 782 837536
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Gaddafi National Mosque

Famously known as the "Gaddafi Mosque" The Colorful structure with its magnificent features of Art was built and designed based on a mixture of Cultures of Arab, European, and an African Touch. Built on Old Kampala Hill, which is One of Kampala City's Seven Hills. It can also be viewed from all Corners of Kampala and one cannot go without a glimpse of it. The Mosque is Open to all People regardless of their Creeds, Political affiliations, Ethnic backgrounds, Cultures and Nationalities. This majestic work of art also houses the Headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council which is the National Faith Based Umbrella Organization for all Muslims, their Organizations and Institutions in Uganda with a Core responsibility to reach out to all People at all Levels. The Mosque Complex consists of a Large Mosque Hall that is usually open to all Muslims for Friday Prayers and also for other Islamic Festivals. It can accommodate over 35,000 People. This makes it as one of the biggest Mosque in East, Central, and Sub-Saharan Africa. It also has a standard Conference Hall, Library, An Fm Radio Station, a hospital, and a University College among other Units. On arrival, report to the Tourism Information Office desk. Where you are required to pay your Entrance Fees, Ladies will be veiled as per the Islamic custom. This is a Guided Tour; hence you will be introduced to your guide who will take you around and Inside the Mosque to enjoy an Ambience of its exterior and interior. On entering the Mosque Main hall, enjoy its Architectural designs. Climbing the Tower / Minaret gives you the best view of Kampala City at 360 degrees with its original surrounding Seven Hills. The Mosque also stands on the Original Spot where British first hoisted their Flag which signified Uganda as British Colony. OFFICIAL OPENING HOURS TO TOURISTS AND RESEARCHERS; Monday - Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00Pm Friday: 09:00am - 11:30am re-Opened after the Friday Prayers from 02:00 - 06:00Pm Saturday - Sunday: 09:00am - 06:00Pm. Remains Open on Public Holidays Follow us on our Face book Page; Gaddafi Mosque Uganda Please note; All Visitors are required to respect the Islamic Regulations, Norms and Values. Thank You Management Tourism Office Uganda National Mosque

Reviewed By judysam2016 - Kampala, Uganda

Fantastic views over Kampala, really gives you a feel for the layout of the city. Excellent tour guides, really know their stuff. It is quite a hike up, there are a lot of steep stairs to get to the top, so be prepared. But the views are worth climbing up for and lovely breeze to cool you off after the climb! There are not many things to do in Kampala, so this is a nice excursion.

2. Baha'i Temple

Kikaya Hill, Kampala, Uganda +256 782 065126
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Baha'i Temple

Reviewed By JolantaM - Abu Dhabi

The only Baha'i temple in Africa. The location is atop one of the hills of Kampala and the views are beautiful. The area is not very big and a walk around only took about 15 minutes. There was a "tour", but in only included a guide talking to us for about 10 minutes about the Baha'i faith, history, locations, etc. Still, it was informative. A very peaceful place in the middle of a hectic city.

3. Uganda Martyrs Shrine

Kampala, Uganda
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Uganda Martyrs Shrine

Reviewed By Ryana M

I understand every year people walk (not just come) to this shrine to pay their respects and pray.
You have to admit there's a calmness to the place...with the expansive grounds you can meditate and get in touch with your soul.
A place of such history and memories.

4. Lubiri Palace

Mengo, Kampala, Uganda +256 700 610328
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Lubiri Palace

Reviewed By Rick S - Wakefield, Canada

I think your experience will depend on the guide you get. Ours, Fred, was ok, but our driver actually probably knew more than he did about the kingdom and neither really delved into the many narratives and stories that I'm sure are available. The palace is never open to outsiders and the Parliament, which we combined with our visit, has only one room open, so there isn't a huge amount to see. The torture chambers on-site were rather eye-opening and macabre.

Mutesa Road, Kampala, Uganda
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Rubaga-Kathedrale

Reviewed By Familien V - Copenhagen, Denmark

The Cathedral is nothing special but we were met by a friendly guy - probably staff who insisted on giving us a free tour inside. We were told several stories about the church and its founders. If you are touring the city you could spend half an hour here.

6. Gorilla Bookings

Entebbe | Victoria Mall, Kampala, Uganda +256 704 300703
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Gorilla Bookings

We organize great safari holidays that will reward you with great memories. in Uganda and Rwanda

Reviewed By aylesburypilgrim - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Just returned from a 6-day trip to Uganda booked through Gorilla bookings and cannot say enough! Excellent service from the outset, making recommendations on how to improve my proposed itinerary whilst retaining value for money. On the ground with Moses was excellent with his good knowledge and safe driving - something we appreciated as we live in Nairobi where safety does not naturally come first! Ugandan people are welcoming and friendly. As for the Gorilla and Chimp experiences - totally amazing! Impossible to describe unless you have visited these amazing creatures. Uganda tourism have got it right and Gorilla Bookings follow suit - excellent company. I will definitely travel with them again,

7. Namirembe Kathedrale

Namirembe Hill Side Road, Kampala, Uganda
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Namirembe Kathedrale

Reviewed By SoerenSP - Copenhagen, Denmark

Despite an ongoing wedding the local guide was very enthusiastic in showing us the Cathedral. Very impressiive.

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