bahai temple is the only in Afrcia..
its quite interesting how the different religions are made togehter in ths special believe..from the temple one has a great view to the town..and enjoy a beautiful park
The rainy season in Uganda brings the grasshoppers out to play around every streetlight in the city and not far behind them a gaggle of kids trying to catch them and put them into plastic bags or jam jars and then take them home to fry (the grasshoppers and not the kids that is, but saying that being a Veggie I have tried neither).
Or you could buy them raw and alive or fried with or without wings and legs from any of the markets around town. Personally I stick to a "rolex" when it comes to Kampala street food, an omelette and salad wrapped in a hot chapatti, yum!
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.
You can't help but notice the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir not far from the clock tower on Entebbe Rd as you enter Kampala. It has now been painted pink since my last visit it did need a bit of smartening up as last time I was in town it had had a few windows put through during protests at the proposed destruction of Mabira forest to make way for another sugar farm. Because an Asian owned company was behind the sugar plantation anything Asian seemed to become a target. Thankfully Mabira was untouched, the mandir was touched up and protests stopped.
The Cathedral can be seen from all over Kampala sitting on top of Namirembe hill. Because of its position you can get a really impressive view of Kampala from up here, or as the near by Namirembe guest house likes to say “The Guest house with the Million Dollar view". I paid bugger all not a million dollars and walked from the centre of town.
This young chappie at M. Marahavan Saloon gave me the best shave I had in Kampala while I was there.
I've tried a few barbers/kinyozi around Kampala there are a decent barbers in Old Kampala but this was the best I had. On the whole I find the Asian barbers seem to handle Bazungu hair better than some of the African barbers.
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.
It is called New National Mosque, very huge and new construction situated on the top of one of the seven Kampala hills. Actually, it dominates the whole city area overlooking Nakasero Market and the Old Taxi Park.
Before getting to Kampala I new nothing about Muslim community there but seems like it is very significant there. There are other smaller mosques in that area concentrated around New National Mosque.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Park is located in the western rift valley, together with the Kyambura and Kigezi reserve, the National park covers approximately 2475 sq kilometers. Nestled at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains and is characterized by craters in its hills. As you plan your safari to Queen Elizabeth, please note that the wettest season in during March to May and then September to November. The best time to visit this park is between December and February. The park offers an abundance of wildlife, ranging from elephants, lions, and leopards to the Warthogs, Water bucks, chimpanzees, baboons, antelopes and Kobs. The park is well known for the thirty-two kilometer Kazinga Channel that links Lake Edward to Lake George. A boat trip on the channel from Mweya lodge will confirm the fact that this channel is host to the world's largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles. With an amazing population of bird life, Queen Elizabeth Park is home to a quarter of all bird life on the African continent! If you are a bird watcher, this is paradise.
Queen Elizabeth National Park was named the world bio-sphere reserve by UNESCO in 1979 because of the diversity it offers. Some of the tourist attractions in the park include the Launch trips on Kazinga Channel that takes you down to the shores of Lake Edward providing great viewing of wildlife. A launch trip starts at Mweya the park headquarters along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake Edward and Lake George. You must not miss out on this trip; I have probably done it more than seven times. During my employment with Mweya Safari lodge, I did take a few boat trips each time I was on site.
In the Southern part of the park is shasha which is famous for having tree climbing lions. There is a high concentration of game in this Savannah setting, which includes Lake Edward and the Ishasha River flats, and the Ishasha River Rhine forest. The hippo pools in the Ishasha River and Congo escarpment provides splendid scenery.
The Tombs of Buganda Kings. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi covers over 30 acres of hillside land. The top of the hill is Palace of the former Kings (Kabakas) of Buganda, built in 1882. It has now been converted into royal burial ground. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. For someone like me who loves and craves architectural beauty, I can testify to the fact that the tombs are a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials: Made absolutely from wood, thatch, reed, wattle and mad. The main significance of this site is the preservation of traditional values and beliefs, spirituality, continuity of life after death and human identity.
I can tell you that the architects of today would speak to the fact that these Tombs are a masterpiece of human creativity both in its conception and its execution. It is also a living testimony of the strong values the Baganda attached to their traditions and belief systems. I the earlier times, the Ganda (Central people) were known to be great architects and hard workers. Disciplined, respectful and loyal to their kings unto death. Because of the respect accorded the dead, it is almost impossible to take pictures at this site.
Visiting the Tombs would be part of a great Cultural Tour; I love culture and enjoy the background history that is the tradition and belief system of different people. I will tell you right now that my part of the world has history like you do not find in books. My friends never did understand why I knelt down to greet my own father, or why I will not talk back to my older sister even when she is WRONG!. That is what we call respect. Where I come from, respect is synonymous with life itself. It is the core, of who we are, but of course times are changing and the older generation is fighting to preserve the traditions and the older ways.
Update: The Tombs burnt down to the grounds a couple of years ago, they are being rebuilt.