Kampala City tour or walk

Kampala City tour

Uganda is hallowed with its innate beauty, gifted by nature as it is the gem of Africa. Every inch you cover in Uganda will be lovely.

Uganda safari guide offers 1-2 days excursions  around Kampala city. When visiting Uganda , you will take this opportunity with us to take an affordable short tour to explore Uganda at glance. You can opt to walk through Kampala or drive through Kampala. However Kampala Uganda’s capital that sits on 6 hills, can be best explored on foot to best see this vibrant city.

While on the walk or tour of Kampala, you get the opportunity to visit markets like Owino, or Nakasero fruit market, visit Rubaga church and also the Mosque, Visit the Buganda’ king’s Palace, Visit the Kasubi Tombs , Visit the Bahai Temple and Namugongo Martyrs shrine and many other sites

 

KAMPALA CITY
Our experienced guide(s) will pick you from your hotel or residence and take you through the sights and sounds this City re known for its seven hills. Kampala is by and large known as the city of many hills ever green with a beautiful climate. Meet the Ugandan people who are famous for their friendliness and visit cultural sites. The tour can include Visits to the Uganda museum, Makerere University, The mysterious Kasubi tombs-an ancestral burial place for the Buganda Kingdom Kings for the last 100 years, craft markets, Namirembe Cathedral, Nakasero market, Visit the Uganda Museum a center for Uganda’s cultural collections. Kibuli Mosque, Kabakas lake, Bagalayaze cultural center and Ndere Center for entertainment depending on the time you have .

 

HISTORY OF KAMPALA
Archeology tells us that antediluvian man walked the earth in the present  Uganda, and many sites have been exhumed that show occupancy over the centuries. One of the more recent excavations is at Kiboro near Lake Albert, where there are traces of village life going back a thousand years.

Recorded history has a much shorter tradition, and a documentary evidence of Uganda’s past goes only 150 years. However, oral traditions are also important to us, and from these we learn stories of several hundred years ago. The 19th century was a period of great change and great strife in Uganda. Many of the most famous sites are associated to this period.

The origin of the Kampala city goes back to 1891 when   His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda had his court on Rubaga and Mengo hills. In 1869 two significant events contributed to the history of Uganda; The first was the aperture of the Suez Canal in Egypt which connected Europe to Africa and hence smoothened the progress of trade routes via the East African coast, rather than the more traditional way into Uganda from the north and west.
The second was the tryst of Sir Samuel Baker as the first Governor of Equatorial province. Both were initiated by Ismael Pasha, the Khedive Ismail  of` Egypt, who was eagerly trying to set up a great Muslim state from Alexandria to Lake Victoria; the length of the Nile. Sir Samuel Baker returned briefly to Uganda in 1869 and 1871 while governor of the Equatorial Province of Egypt. The termination of the trade in slaves and the expansion of the Empire to the Great Lakes was the twofold consent from the Khedive who was anxious to gratify allies in Europe. Baker based himself in Gondonkoro (close to present day Juba) in Southern Sudan, because the Nile south of that point detached into marshland and he could not guarantee supplies and protection. This period in Uganda’s history is marked by the ascension to the throne of Bunyoro by Kabalega. He succeeded his father Kamurasi, and was to become a constant Uganda safari throne in the flesh of the British and Egyptian imperialists as well as his brothers in Buganda to the south.

 

General Gordon followed Baker as Governor of the Equatorial province  (1873-79). He explored the area at length and was in charge of commissioning the entire discovery of the sources of the Nile. Gordon tried to set up a sequence of connecting forts along the west bank of the Nile from Khartoum to Rippon Falls. His malfunction to do so was the result of Kabelega’s constant refusal to prostrate his kingdom before the Egyptians and later the British. Gordon had used a 108 tones steamer called the Khedive to transport men and supplies into Uganda. He got as far as Lake Albert and was blocked by Murchison and Karuma Falls. He managed to send an insatiable force of 160 men to set up a battalion in Mengo, Mutesa’s capital of Buganda. They were captured and only narrowly rescued from the Baganda only when he gave up and returned to Egypt rather disheartened.

 

The final period of Egyptian domination of Equatoria was under the governorship of Emin Pasha (or Dr. Edvard Schneitzer) between 1879 and 1889. Emin Pasha was an intelligent and responsive man. He was energetic and enthusiastic and traveled throughout the province. He recorded valuable notes on the Banyoro and their customs, and for a time was on equitable terms with Kabalega. The Equatorial province was finally abandoned by Egypt in 1889 when communications were detached by the notorious Mahdist revolt, and Emin Pasha, left stranded in Uganda, was rescued rather unwillingly by Stanley. At around this period in history, a ‘scramble and partition ‘ for African territories was launched by a sudden realization of their significance.

 

Uganda was no exemption. Stanley’s rescue of Emin was actually a carefully disguised attempt by Leopold II of Belgium to gain control of the Upper Nile Region. Conversely, Stanley was determined to secure Emin’s loyalty for the British. Concurrently, a German expedition led by Dr. Carl Peters was also on its way to rescue Emin Pasha. Emin had a firm following in Uganda and both the Germans and the British were nervous to secure his services. Sarcastically, Emin decided to join the German effort in East Africa after Stanley delivered him safely to the coast. Two personalities emerged from the scramble for the colony between Germany and Britain. The man chosen to lead the British effort was Frederick Dealtry Lugard, while the Germans placed their faith in Dr.Carl Peters. In 1890, a truce was signed between Mwanga, the successor to Mutesa, and the Germans. Politics in Europe altered the situation only months later and Lugard forced a rather confused Mwanga into another pact, yielding protection to Buganda in return for jurisdictional rights for the Imperial British East Africa Company, Lugard’s employers. The protective rights in Uganda had been exchanged with the Germans for Heligoland.

The town that developed attained municipal status in 1950 and turned out to be a city’ in 1962. Today, as you stand on the hills, the City’ provides splendid evergreen trees, gently disrupted by red-tiled villas, green and Red  iron and tiles roofed bungalows, as well as taller modern city profiles that yield to attractive views of the surrounding country side and nearby Lake Victoria. 5km north-west of Kampala on the Hoima road, is the traditional royal burial place of the late Kabakas Mutesa I, Muwanga, Daudi Chwa and Mutesa II. This chronological was once the place of Buganda Kingdom.  Muzibuazaala-Mpanga is a magnificent round thatched building 14 metres in diameter.

The legitimate crisis in 1966 uncovered Major General Idi Amin, who was now at the head of an army Obote could not do without. Effectively, the military were the policy implementing body for a civilian administration. This situation triumphed until the 25th January 1971 when Amin overthrew Obote, while Obote was at a conference in Singapore, and took over as Head of State and the military executed their own policies.

Uganda has been shaped by the union of many groups of people. Ancient people with their own traditional lands, their own customs and a way of life inherited from their ancestors. They now live together as one people.

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