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Zebras sighted during a game drive, Uganda © Olive Nakiyemba
Zebras sighted during a game drive, Uganda © Olive Nakiyemba
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20 Unmissable Attractions in Uganda

Picture of Olive Nakiyemba
Culture Trip Writer
Updated: 1 May 2018
From mountains to national parks, hot springs, crater lakes, and everything in between, we’ve rounded up 20 attractions you should definitely check out while in Uganda.

Rwenzori Mountains

Forest, Hiking Trail, Natural Feature
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Rwenzori Mountains
The scenic Rwenzori Mountains | © Timothy Latim
This beautiful snow-capped range of mountains is mountaineering destination. Its unique flora gives travelers a semblance of a fairy tale hiking scene.
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Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Cold, Photo Opportunity, Instagrammable, Historical Landmark

Kampala City

Movie Theater, Post Office, Shopping Mall, University
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Ugandan boda boda driver
Ugandan boda boda driver  | © emre topdemir / Shutterstock
Kampala is also known as East Africa’s nightlife capital.
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Mon - Sun:
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Worship services, Luxury, Boutique, Gift Shop, Dancing, Guided Tours

Twekobe

Building
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Twekobe
The Kabaka's Palace | © William Kane
This is the Kabaka, the King of Buganda‘s palace. Built in 1885, the Twekobe is a symbol of Buganda Kingdom’s past power and glory.
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Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Vintage, Gift Shop

Atmosphere:

Local, Architectural Landmark

Kidepo Valley National Park

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature, Park
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Kidepo National Park
Elephants on a stroll in Kidepo National Park | © Timothy Latim
Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most remote national park located in the semi-arid valleys bordering Sudan and Kenya. Go off the beaten track and discover the best of Africa’s wilderness.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Peaceful, Photo Opportunity

Baha'i Temple

Bahá'í Temple
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Baha'i Temple
Baha'i Temple | © William Kane
Africa’s only Baha’i Temple, also known as the Mashri’qul-Adhkar and Mother Temple of Africa has attracted the Baha’i community and nonbelievers from all over the world.
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Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Photo Opportunity, Touristy, Peaceful

Lake Victoria

Natural Feature
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Lake Victoria
Serenity at Lake Victoria | © Timothy Latim
The perfect place for those that find serenity in looking at the water, enjoy boat cruises and fishing excursions, and want to catch the sun drown into the vast water body.
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Mon:
6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gaddafi National Mosque

Mosque
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Gaddafi Mosque, Kampala, Uganda
Gaddafi Mosque, Kampala, Uganda | © Sam DCruz / Shutterstock
Gaddafi National Mosque is the biggest mosque in Uganda. Take in Kampala in a 360-degree view from the mosque’s skyscraper tower.
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Mon - Thu:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Fri:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee, Worship services

Namirembe Cathedral

Cathedral, Cemetery
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Namirembe Cathedral
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.
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Mon - Sun:
6:00 am - 7:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Worship services, Free

Atmosphere:

Local

Mount Elgon National Park

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature, Park
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Mt. Elgon boasts of the largest volcanic base in the world | Olive Nakiyemba / © Culture Trip
Mount Elgon has the largest caldera in the world, resulting in some of the most unique vegetation you will ever see on a hike.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity, Peaceful, Quiet

River Nile

Natural Feature
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Rafting River Nile
Down into the Nile | Olive Nakiyemba / © Culture Trip
The River Nile established Jinja into East Africa’s adventure with activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, tubing, sunset cruises and so much more.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Lifeguard, Kayaks

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity, Touristy

Kasubi Tombs

Archeological site, Memorial
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Buganda Royal tombs at Kampala, Uganda
Buganda Royal tombs at Kampala, Uganda | © Attila JANDI / Shutterstock
Kasubi Tombs is the burial site of four of Buganda’s past Kabakas. Make a stop here to learn the rich history of this great Kingdom.
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Mon:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Historical Landmark, Local

Semuliki National Park

Natural Feature, Park
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Semliki National Park
A traveler enjoying the steamy hot springs | © Timothy Latim
Explore this steamy jungle and its intriguing wildlife. Semuliki National Park is famed for its hot springs, which are used for traditional rituals by the locals in the community.
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Mon - Sat:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity

Lake Bunyonyi

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature
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Lake Bunyonyi
Island-studded Lake Bunyonyi | © Timothy Latim
Lake Bunyonyi, “a place of small birds,” is one of the loveliest lakes you will ever see. It’s studded with 29 islands.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Kayaks, Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity, Peaceful, Touristy

Crater Lakes

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature
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Fort Portal Crater Lakes
Instagrammable moments at the crater lakes | © Timothy Latim
The crater lakes paint a dramatic landscape ideal for long walks, cycling, and definitely, Instagram ops.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Photo Opportunity, Instagrammable

Uganda Martyrs' Catholic Shrine Namugongo

Church, Memorial, Shrine
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Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine
Uganda Martyrs' Catholic Shrine | © Uganda Martyrs' Catholic Shrine
Uganda Martyrs’ Catholic Shrine Namugongo is a Catholic Parish and Shrine established in the honor of the Martyrs of Uganda by the Mill Hill Missionaries in 1935.
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Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Worship services, Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Historical Landmark