10 Top Guided Tours to Take in Kampala

Kampala City at night
Kampala City at night | © Timothy Latim

For its size, Kampala City sure has a lot to offer. From music to crafts, religion, culture and history, here are the best guided tours that will leave you enriched with knowledge of this capital.

1. Ndere Cultural Centre

Music Venue, Theatre

Ndere Cultural Centre
© Ndere Cultural Centre

Built on almost four hectares (nine acres) of land, Ndere Cultural Centre is home to all Ugandan cultures. The Ndere Troupe are Uganda’s multi-award winning cultural ambassadors, and they celebrate and showcase amazing songs, dances and unique instruments from all corners of the country. There’s also a daily buffet and barbecue.

2. Uganda Museum

Museum

The Ford Model T from 1925. The Uganda Museum.
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The Uganda Museum, established in 1908, is the oldest museum in East Africa. The museum displays Uganda’s cultural heritage; one can see ethnological and natural history exhibitions, a vivid reminder of the country’s colourful past. It also features a collection of traditional musical instruments, which visitors are free to play.

3. Bulange

Building

Bulange in Mengo
© William Kane

Bulange houses Buganda Kingdom’s administration and parliament. In the past, sessions used to be held under trees, before they moved to a grass-thatched building. Construction of Bulange began in 1955 when Ssekabaka Mutesa returned from exile in Scotland with a drawing of what he wanted it to look like; it was completed in 1958. It’s a good place to learn about the history and culture about Buganda. Note that ladies shouldn’t wear trousers when visiting.

4. Kasubi Tombs

Archaeological site, Memorial

Buganda Royal tombs at Kampala, Uganda
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Kasubi Tombs is the burial site of four of Buganda’s past kabakas (kings). Make a stop here to learn all about the rich history of this great Kingdom.

5. Uganda Martyrs' Catholic Shrine Namugongo

Church, Memorial, Shrine

Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine
© Uganda Martyrs' Catholic Shrine
Uganda Martyrs’ Catholic Shrine Namugongo is a Catholic parish and shrine. It was established in honour of the Martyrs of Uganda by the Mill Hill Missionaries in 1935.

6. Namirembe Cathedral

Cathedral, Cemetery

Namirembe Cathedral
© William Kane
Namirembe Cathedral is an impressive, domed Anglican cathedral that is also known as St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s the oldest cathedral in Uganda.

7. Rubaga Cathedral

Cathedral

Rubaga Cathedral
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Rubaga Cathedral, which is also known as St Mary’s Sacred Heart Cathedral Rubaga, is a twin-towered Roman Catholic cathedral that is perched on one of the seven hills of Kampala.

8. Twekobe

Building

Twekobe
© William Kane

This is the palace of the kabaka, the king of Buganda. Built in 1885, the Twekobe is a symbol of Buganda Kingdom’s past power and glory.

9. Baha'i Temple

Bahá'í Temple

Bahai Temple
© William Kane

Africa’s only Baha’i Temple, also known as the Mashri’qul-Adhkar and the Mother Temple of Africa, has attracted members of the Baha’i community from all over the world, as well as interested nonbelievers.

10. Gaddafi National Mosque

Mosque

Gaddafi Mosque, Kampala, Uganda
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Gaddafi National Mosque is the biggest mosque in Uganda. Here, you can take in Kampala in a 360-degree view from the mosque’s skyscraper tower.

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