Kampala Things to Do

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    Rwenzori Mountain Climbing

    by Africancrab Written Dec 31, 2012
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    While it is said that Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest free standing mountain, it is nothing in difficulty when compared to the Rwenzori mountain in Uganda. Rwenzori is harder to climb because it is mainly rock and ice when you get to the second peak. The level of difficulty increases exponentially as you get closer to the highest peak. It literally takes 10 days for seasoned climbers to get to the highest peak - Margherita. The highest peak is set at a little over 5,100 meters. The Rwenzori National Park is set over 100, 000 hectares of land in western Uganda, of which most of it is the mountain with glaciers, water falls, forest, bogs which make it very beautiful in comparison to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Elgon and Mt. Kenya all of which I have had a chance to climb.

    Besides it's popularity with forest activities, wild life and greening, Rwenzori mountains has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for it's forest program: During it's 25th session in 2001, the UNESCO world heritage committee agreed that the forests world wide needed special focus and attention therefore they approved the creating of a World Heritage Forest program to make sure that forest conservation is carried out on a global basis. One of these sites was the Rwenzori National Park Forest program and it covers the furthering of conservation of tropical forest biodiversity. There are two sites in Uganda that are dedicated as World Heritage sites for Forest conservation and they include Rwenzori National Park Forest Program and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, both in western Uganda. It is designated a UNESCO Heritage Site.

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    Ramgarhia Sikh Temple

    by Africancrab Written Oct 17, 2012

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    Gurdwara Ramgarhia Sabha is a place of worship for all Gurdwara people. It is a place of fellowsip where the gathered hear hymnals and recitals. Through the years the Gurdwara Indians have migrated to different locations in the diaspora, in so doing, they had erected Temples where they could continue to worship. The Sikhs participate in devotional hyms, recitals from the Guru Granth Sahib and fellowship at the community Kitchen known as the Langar.

    The architecture of the Sikh Temples set them apart, they are recognizable wherever they are built. In Kampala, there are 2 temples, and many more all over Africa.

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    Walter's Boda Boda Tour Kampala

    by ecampisano Written May 18, 2012
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    Really fantastic and fun budget tour of Kampala from the back of a boda boda (motorbike). You can arrange for a full-day, customized tour of whatever you want in Kampala--hear all the history about Uganda, check out the 7 hills of Kampala, see the best views, eat local food (including fresh fish from Lake Victoria), take a boat ride to tour the famous islands of Lake Victoria, and tour all of the historical sites you want. Walter is wonderful and professional, and his drivers all speak great English, and are safe and experienced (helmets always provided!). A full-day tour will run you about 65,000 UGX, and group deals can be arranged. Also, flexible hours are key! Call him here to set something up: +256 (0)79188106 or email him at walterfahd@yahoo.com. Definitely a great way to see everything Kampala has to offer!

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    Murchison Falls National Park Day trips

    by Andy2020 Written Mar 20, 2012
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    Great experience with lots of animals in just 2-days with African Adventure Travellers at the Murchinson falls.beautiful and nice landscape characterised by abundant wildlife sightings from the gate to the park.

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    Queen FOREX

    by muguruki Written Dec 6, 2010

    Woke up Sunday skint after arriving the night before from kenya and only had £s in my pocket. So would I find a FOREX bureau open on a Sunday.

    Yep not only was Queen Forex one of only 2 bureaus open on Sunday but had the best rates in town whatever day of the week it was. Needless to say this is where I went every time after that. I got quite pally with the young chap behind the counter and on my last visit there he even rounded the rate up a touch, bless him.

    If you have worked up a sweat slogging the streets trying to find the best rate they even have a water cooler inside for customers.

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    Ngamba Chimpanzee sanctuary

    by petersnice Updated Sep 2, 2010

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    Chimp at Ngamba island sanctuary

    If you've got an extra day at Kampala and you're out of ideas what to do, you could do much worse than going for a nice trip to the Ngamba island on the Lake Victoria.

    There's a chimpanzee sanctuary on the island and any travel agent in Kampala will be more than willing to organise the trip for you. It usually is a half-day affair, but you can also choose to stay overnight on the island. The boat departs from Entebbe, it takes around 45 minutes and the ride can be quite rough, depends on the weather. There's a brief lecture on chimps and the purpose of the sanctuary first, followed by a walk around the sanctuary, usually it's around feeding time. Watching chimps is always fun so time will pass quite quickly.

    If you're not in a hurry to return to the city, you could stop by the Entebbe ZOO after returning from the island. It's nothing spectacular, but it's probably the safest bet to see the shoebill stork, one of the symbols of Uganda. Oh, and there's more chimps in the ZOO :)

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    Muyenga

    by georeiser Updated Jul 30, 2010

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    Muyenga is a neighboorhood in Kampala and is located on the highest points in the city at 1306 meter above sea level. The hill house some water storage tanks which supply Kampala. Because of the water tanks, Muyenga is also known as Tank Hill. Muyenga is a place with some nice residences. It's less crowded than downtown of Kampala, and the city view makes it also a popular place to stay. Tank Hill Road from Kabalagala to Muyenga are the restaurant and nightlife area of Kampala. Kampala International University (KIU) is located in the hill.

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    Muyenga club

    by georeiser Written Jul 30, 2010

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    Muyenga club in Tank Hill is a club where you can be at a swimmingpool. The pool area does't deserve its exclusive reputation because it's rather ordinary and nothing more than that. The entry costs 7000 UGS (3 USD), and you get a sunbed and towel. A cafe serves snacks and beverages right beside the swimmingpool. The temperature of the water was too cold, and I was the only guests at the swimmingpool area this day in June.

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    Kampala matatu station

    by georeiser Written Jul 30, 2010

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    Kampala matatu station is a chaotic place in the downtown. Small buses, in most cases toyota Hiace, are crowded in a very dence area. From here you can take a matatu to the suburbs of Kampala, but also go for a long distance drive.

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    Kabalagala

    by georeiser Written Jul 30, 2010

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    Kabalagala, Kampala Uganda
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    Kabalagala is a neighborhood in the south-east Kampala. The centre of the neighborhood is the crossroad of Tank Hill Road, Ggaba Road and Nsambya Estate Road. Kabalagala borders the neighborhoods of Muyenga and Kansanga.
    Kabalagala are known for many restaurants, bars and night clubs, especially in the beginning of Tank Hill Road and up to Muyenga. The name Kabalagala comes from a local type of pancake made from cassava flour and sweet bananas and is spiced with local peppers.

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    The hills and the city view

    by georeiser Written Jul 30, 2010

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    The hills and the view of Kampala
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    Kampala is called the city on seven hills. And the view over the city from the hills are good. Visit one of the hills if you like to take landscape photos of the city.
    Most parts of the city is lush and green.

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    Kasubi Tombs

    by muguruki Updated Mar 19, 2010

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    UPDATE MARCH 2010. THE TOMBS HAVE BURNT DOWN veiw pictures at this web page

    http://pictures.newvisionuganda.info/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&Itemid=70&gid=9&subcat=9&limit=12

    I must say I thought my visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Kasubi Tombs was a bit sad.

    The main hut and gate house are all very impressive the main tomb building is supposed to be the largest grassed roofed building in the world and there are a good selection of spears and shields inside the building itself. What I found sad were the strange beliefs and misogyny that the Buganda believed and a lot of these superstitions linger on to this day.

    My guide was delighted to tell me that it wasn't until Daudi Chwa II's reign that women were not allowed to eat chicken, eggs, or grasshoppers. I was shown a pair of chairs that were given to the kabaka (king) for himself and his wife by Queen Victoria. Old Vicky didn't realise Kabaka at the time had 84 wives and besides women were not allowed to sit on chairs.

    My guide also told me that because she was not a member of the colobus monkey clan she would disappear if she stepped beyond the line drawn in the hut!!!

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    Pacify swimming pool

    by muguruki Updated Feb 27, 2010
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    My favourite pool in the centre of town at the Equatoria was having some serious work done to it in fact the whole hotel was closed while work was going on. So I was told that the next best swimming pool was out of the town centre in Mengo.

    Nice big pool at the Pacify which I had mostly to myself even though it was a Saturday all for 5,000 UGX

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    THE KILLING FIELDS OF IDI AMIN

    by DAO Updated Jul 24, 2009

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    The name Idi Amin still strikes fear in the hearts of some people today. He was one of the worst and murderous dictators to ever scar the African continent. During his rule anyone he suspected was tortured, raped, beaten, and then shot. Here in the gardens of the Kabaka Palace is a series of cells where prisoners were shot dead. The walls are pockmarked from the strike of machine guns bullets and the hand prints of the condemned can still be seen. What many people do not realise was the first President of Uganda, Milton Obote, was the first to murder political opponents in these cells. The writing on the wall in one of the pictures translates as “Obote – you have killed me, but what about my children?” The Army General in charge of killing Obote’s “enemies”?

    General Idi Amin.

    Please note: This is not part of the Guided Tour you receive when you pay admission to the Kabaka’s Palace. If you are not offered, just ask politely to see it.

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    THE EYE SEES ALL

    by DAO Updated Jun 26, 2009

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    The EYE Magazine is both free and priceless. This dynamic little magazine has it all. It has a good map of Kampala right in the middle, a business listing for the whole city and some interesting articles about local life. It also let’s you know what events are happening throughout the month it is published. It also includes reviews on:

    * Books *Lodge/hotels * Restaurants * Movies * Culture

    It also keeps you up to date on sports events and other festivities in and around Kampala. It also contains some maps of other large nearby towns like Entebbe.

    The restaurant articles and advertisements are in depth and will direct you to some great places to eat.

    The EYE is free, but sometimes hard to find. I picked up my copy at the Sheraton Hotel. Get a copy!

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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