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Best Religious attractions in Kampala

Religion is one of the things that builds unity among diversity and in Uganda, several religious events have always brought thousands of people even from across borders together. These are the best religious attractions in Kampala found in different spots of the city.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

Located along Jinja road about 12km from central Kampala is Namugongo Martyrs shrine. The shrine is popular for the martyrs who were executed here on 3rd June 1886 by the orders of Kabaka Mwanga. Namugongo is where a number of Baganda men were kept after the kabaka got to know that they got baptized. They were asked to renounce the new faith they had undertaken and 26 of the members refused to denounce. Divided among the Anglicans and Catholics, the individuals were burnt a live starting from the catholic head who was known as Charles Lwanga. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV declared blessed the 13 known catholic martyrs at Namugongo. In May 1886, 9 other catholic victims of different killings were canonized. They were finally canonized during Vatican II conference by pope Paul VI on 18th October 1964. The first reigning pope to set foot in Sub Saharan Africa was Pope Paul VI who visited and made pilgrimage to Namugongo in July 1969. From that time till now, Uganda safari tours to Namugongo Shrine have increased especially during the first week of June.

religious attractions in Kampala

Namugongo Martyrs shrine

Namirembe Cathedral

Situated on Namirembe hill (one of the seven hills of Kampala) is the beautiful well architecture Anglican church. The word Namirembe is a Luganda word that means “of peace” the because the hill was popularly known as the hill of peace. Namirembe cathedral is about 2.8km from the city center. Namirembe Cathedral also known as St Paul’s Church is the biggest Anglican church in Uganda. The church has beautiful architecture and great interior with a lush environment. On a one-day Kampala city tour a tourist can attend one of the services at the church and see Sir Albert Cook and Bishop Hannington graves.

religious attractions in Kampala

Namirembe cathedral

Gaddafi National Mosque

On old Kampala hill, Gaddafi mosque is a focal point for the Muslim community in Kampala. The mosque derives its name from the former Libyan leader colonial Gadhafi, it was opened and dedicated for worship by Colonial Gaddafi himself in 2008. The mosque is constructed in a beautiful and attractive way. The mosque is open to the public and those who love to witness this architecture in and out can visit the mosque.

religious attractions in Kampala

Gaddafi mosque

Every destination offers choices but, on a Uganda tour, the choices are limitless no matter how long you can spend in the country.

Why Bwindi Impenetrable national park is Africa’s best gorilla trekking safari destination

Bwindi impenetrable national park is the most popular Uganda gorilla safari destination along side Mgahinga gorilla national park in the Virunga massif adjacent to Virunga national park in Congo and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. It’s the best destination to for gorilla safaris because of the many activities in Bwindi impenetrable national park. These reasons make a gorilla safari in Bwindi worth undertaking;

Gorilla trekking is the famous activity of the park. Gorilla trekking means spending the day trekking the gorillas and when the gorillas are found a maximum of one hour is what you can spend with the gorillas. The time spent on finding the gorillas isn’t pre-determined, these are wild animals. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is cheaper than in the nearby Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, a gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi costs USD 600 whereas those in Rwanda go for USD 1,500. The amount of a gorilla permit is per each individual for a single trek. Children below the age of 15 are not allowed to trek the gorillas. There several rules to follow for a safe gorilla trekking safari in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park

Tourists after meeting a gorilla

A side from gorilla trekking, there’s another experience known as gorilla habituation. Gorilla habituation means spending four hours with the mountain gorillas. The gorillas that are open for habituation are those that are not fully tamed to behave normally in the presence of human beings and therefore this is done to familiarize them with people before they are let for gorilla trekking. Spending four hours with the gorillas will teach you a lot especially on feeding habits.

Birds too love this pristine tropical jungle. Bwindi impenetrable forest was named the best birding spot in Africa by Africa bird club with about 350 bird species. Bwindi impenetrable forest is home to 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemic birds. This is the best Uganda birding safari destination for all birders who love to see unique bird species.

The altitude of the forest ranges from about 1,190-2,600m above sea level. This height is good for those who love hiking because it becomes a memorable experience. You get a hiking experience as you trek through the jungle to find the giants rather than just finding the gorillas in the lower slopes without a great experience to remember.

Have a Batwa experience after a gorilla trek. The Batwa pygmies were the real inhabitants of the forest before they were resettled to the slopes for conservation purposes. The Batwa later decided to share their culture with those who visit their old home. The Batwa take tourists through their culture and the ways of life that they used for survival while in the forest.

Bwindi impenetrable national park

The Batwa people

For any destination, there’s a question on how to arrive however, how to get to Bwindi forest national park is so easy. There are two options either get there by road or by air, both options will get you to the best destination for gorilla trekking. The national park is so accessible and this makes the safari more enjoyable.

Accommodation in Bwindi forest national park is nothing to worry about. Because of the treasure there, areas close to the park have accommodation facilities that can accommodate any type of traveler. The hotels and lodges within Bwindi impenetrable national park range from luxury/upmarket, mid-range to budget/basic. All these accommodation facilities offer a taste of the local Ugandan cuisine depending on what you want.

If it’s about having a memorable safari, then Bwindi impenetrable national park is the best option, you will see and do what’s not expected and still enjoy. You won’t tell the experience unless if you get there, start planning your safari with the best gorilla safari tour operators.

A lot to enjoy when you tour Lake Victoria

About Lake Victoria

The Immense Lake Victoria is amazing holding about 2,750 cubic kilometers of water with an average depth of 40m(130ft) and a maximum depth of 84m(276ft). The shoreline is 7,142km (4,438m) and islands constitute 3.7 percent of its length a place so rare to find on a Uganda recreational safari. Lake Victoria is the source of the Nile River-the world’s longest river.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

What to see at and near Lake Victoria Uganda

Wildlife in Lake Victoria includes mammals like the hippopotamus, African clawless otter, spotted necked otter, marsh mongoose, sitatunga, crane rats, giant otter shrew. The incredible reptiles to sight on a Uganda wildlife safari comprise of the Nile crocodile, African helmeted turtle and the Williams’ mud turtle restricted to Lake Victoria and other lakes, rivers and swamps in the upper Nile.

Birds, especially water birds can be sighted like the swamp fly catcher, Malachite king fisher, long-tailed cormorant at Makanaga swamp in Mpigi. A one-day birding tour to Mabamba swamp West of Entebbe is one of the best things to do on Africa’s fresh waters. It’s the best place to see the elusive shoebill stork, a shy bird that has prompted birders to plan birding safaris in Uganda. This swampland is accessed using a small canoe with a perfect view in the morning.

Entebbe botanical gardens within the settlement areas of the lake shore with a beautiful floral view is a good place to tour by nature lovers with a variety of flora species. You will see 115 bird species and several monkeys only on a one-day Entebbe tour in the beautiful environment.

Uganda wildlife Educational center in Entebbe also known as the Zoo is just within the shores of Lake Victoria good for relaxing and a walk to have an interaction with wildlife. When you want to see what Uganda’s wild holds, this place holds a summary of what is in the national parks. A morning encounter with the chimpanzees can also be planned at the Zoo.

Ngamba chimpanzee island sanctuary is one of the islands in Lake Victoria home to about 49 chimpanzees dominated by almost only chimpanzees. Its accessible by a speed boat on Lake Victoria a 45-minute boat ride from Entebbe. One day Ngamba Island safari is the best and fastest way of getting close to man’s cousins-the chimps in Uganda.

Lake Victoria

Chimpanzees in Ngamba island on Lake Victoria

Dotted Ssese islands are an archipelago of 84 beautiful islands with unique features on each one of them. One of the best adventures on Lake Victoria is accessible by either ferry, boat or canoe. There other highlands known as Musambwa islands, Lulamba island, Buyovu Island, Damba island, Kome, Lwaji and Mpunge islands.

The Uganda reptile Village with over 20 reptile species is a short drive from Entebbe along the highway to Kampala-Uganda’s capital with all snake specie you wouldn’t imagine existed. This can be added to your itinerary of the one-day kampala city tour.

Lake Victoria isn’t just about the clear waters there’s a lot more you should not miss.


Uganda airlines orders for 6 aircraft companies from 2 companies

Uganda airlines to fly Ugandan colors soon

Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has signed a memorandum of understanding for a total of 6 aircrafts. The aircrafts will include two A330-800neos by Airbus and four (4) new CRJ900 regional jets by Canada’s Bombardier.

The A330-800neo is the new version of the best-selling A330 widebody airliner, featuring new wings new Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines, new systems and a new Airspace cabin interior. Uganda Airlines is expected to operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats. These modern facilities will boost Uganda safaris since travel will be classy and efficient.

The Airbus agreement was announced at Farnborough airshow by Ephraim Bagenda, CEO of Uganda Airlines and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. They stated that

Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer said, “We are delighted to welcome Uganda Airlines among our A330neo customers, the A330neo will bring a range of benefits offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin. We look forward to see the A330-800neo flying in the colors of Uganda”

“This agreement demonstrates our ambition for economic growth supported by a robust aviation industry. The A330-800neo combines low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are looking forward to launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service”, said Ephraim Bagenda, CEO of Uganda Airlines.

The Canadian based plane manufactures Bombardier Commercial Aircraft too announced that it has signed a firm order for four (4) new CRJ900 regional jets with the Uganda National Airlines Company. This was confirmed by the Uganda Airlines CEO Ephraim Bagenda. Regional jets will surely boost Tanzania safaris, safaris to Kenya and Rwanda tours within the East African region.

A model of the ordered for aircraft by Uganda airlines

A model of the ordered for aircraft by Uganda airlines

Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, noted that;

“We congratulate the Government of Uganda for the revival of its national flag carrier and are thrilled that the new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets for its upcoming debut,” He also added that;

“Recognized for its superior economics and efficiency, the CRJ Series aircraft have enabled airlines worldwide to serve communities with better connectivity, and we look forward to supporting the development of Uganda’s regional air travel with these CRJ900 regional jets.”

Confirming the memorandum signing, Ephraim Bagenda, CEO Uganda Airlines said, “We are delighted to have ordered the world’s leading regional jet, and we look forward to providing the most modern passenger experience in regional aviation to the people of Uganda and across Africa,” adding on to that, he stated,

“As we were establishing Entebbe as a strong hub in East Africa and building more connectivity in Africa, we thoroughly reviewed our needs. With its proven track record in Africa and other regions of the world, we are confident that the CRJ900 aircraft will help us succeed.”

The wonderful announcements followed payment of commitment fees of USD1.2m to M/S Bombardier and Airbus to facilitate start of the aircraft manufacture. The CRJ900 aircraft firm order is valued at approximately US$190 million (711Billion shillings) and the A330-800neo is worth 586million.

This is good news for Uganda’s travel industry since it’s a foundation for the development of trade, travel and utmost tourism. The benefits of the airline development will be of a great advantage to Uganda.

This is a great chance to Uganda’s development internationally. We look forward to increased flight safaris within the region.



3rd International cultural Tourism Fair set for September 2018-Uganda safaris

Ekyooto international cultural Festival in Uganda to take place this September.

Africa’s friendliest nation-Uganda has never stopped being home to diversity with unity, those who take Uganda safaris are witness to this. On the 14th  – 16th  days of September 2018, Uganda is set to hold her third (3rd) international cultural fair at the Uganda Museum in Kampala-Uganda’s capital. The fair is themed “Our Diverse cultures Empowering Each Other.” Being held in Kampala which as a city has a lot of attractions ranging from educational, religious, cultural and having the only Bahai temple in Africa, a Kampala city tour will be rewarding too.

Uganda has a diversity of cultures because its home to up to about 56 different tribes and these all have different cultures!! That’s not all Uganda is home to international cultures that too are celebrated during the cultural fair. The international cultural festival brings together diversity of communities both from local and international communities to exhibit what their cultures have as a uniqueness. If you wished to have a cultural tour in Uganda, this is the perfect one stop cultural fair for you.

The cultural fair is going to be a form of cultural market for all forms of arts, Visual arts, fashion, music, dance, drama, comedy, poetry, storytelling, foods and beverages including local brew. This exhibition of arts and crafts will be a representation of cultures from different regions of Africa and beyond. At least 300 exhibitors of Africa’s most interesting cultural products like memorabilia, artefacts, local cuisines, dress code/fashion, music, dance and drama will be actively involved in the fair.

This is going to be the best opportunity for global communities to exhibit their unique cultures, buy cultural artefacts, showcase cultural innovation and expand on the number of tourists in their communities.

Cultural performance for those on Uganda safaris in last years fair

Cultural performance for those on Uganda safaris in last years fair


Activities to be done by those who will be enjoying Uganda safaris at the cultural fair

There are going to be conferences related to culture and preservation, school quiz competition on culture similar topics, East Africa high level culture related policy discussion comprised of parliamentarians from the East African member states, ministers of culture and ministers of Tourism across Africa. This will bring a new perspective to cultural differences and increase the number of those wishing to have a cultural safari in Uganda and other countries as well.

At the cultural fair will be a wildlife exhibition an educative moment from personnel of Uganda wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) formerly known as the Zoo with a main focus on totems as spiritual emblems that demonstrate conservation challenges stemming from ancient times.

The cultural fair will also feature Ekyooto (fire place) story telling sessions centered around bringing together humanity regardless of color, religion, race and background. These things have always tended to create psychological differences between human beings yet when we get together to realize what each other culture holds we change our perspective.

By the end of the cultural fair, best exhibitors, unique/creative talents, most culturally a ware schools rated from the quiz competitions that will take place, best essays, among other categories will be awarded. This calls for cultural awareness from all participants of the cultural fair.

This cultural fair isn’t only set to increase cultural safaris to Uganda but part of the objectives of the fair is to create employment opportunities to youth and women on how to produce and brand artifacts and souvenirs for both domestic and international markets.

The Uganda cultural fair is anticipated to attract at least 20,000 tourists from Uganda, East Africa, Africa and international countries. This will promote both international (which exports tourism) and domestic tourism (which strengthens a country’s tourism).

Event: Ekyooto International cultural festival

Date: 14th-16th Sep 2018

Venue: Uganda museum

Theme: “Our Diverse Cultures Empowering Each Other”

Fees: Adults 5,000, Students 2,000, Kids below 5: free


Cultural diversity is actually a source of strength and diverse innovativeness. Uganda should take her unity in diversity as a great potential source for diverse innovation especially since the biggest population is of youth. It just doesn’t start it starts with you taking a Uganda cultural safari tour to this year’s cultural fair.

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