Kampala Visit

 

Package B-$79 (maximum 3pax-exclusive of entrance fees and meals)

Destinations
Independence Monument
Uganda Museum
African Craft Market
Bahai Temple
Namugongo Martyrs Shrine
Ndere Troup Center

Lake Victoria 30 minute boat ride**

Summary of The Day

This particular package has been setup to consider the geographical locations of each landmarkto ensure that our clients can take their time  to soak in each site while spending  as little time as possible transitioning to the next.

After picking you up from your accommodation we’ll head out to see the Independence monument. This historical feature is one of the rewarding sights in Kampala city. Rising magnificently to the height of 6 meters, the monument commemorates the attainment of Independence in 1962. It was put up by the British colonial administration a year before the celebration of Uganda’s independence in 1962. This historical feature depicts a man unwrapping a child and raising a child to touch the sky. This demonstrates a new born nation set free from bondage of colonialism. The independence monument was crafted by Gregory Magoba and unveiled by the first Prime Minister of Uganda Apollo Milton Obote (R.I.P)

We will then head over  to the Uganda Museum, a spectacular display of Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a vivid reminder of the country’s colourful past. The Uganda Museum (founded in 1908) in Kampala has exhibits of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history. It regularly presents performances of traditional music. One of its most interesting features is the collection of traditional musical instruments, which one is free to play.

The journey will then continue to the Uganda crafts limited which is the largest collection of authentic Ugandan craft. Here you can pick from a wide selection of crafts and easily select what gifts to take back home with you  while also putting into consideration luggage space. From paintings to jewellery to coffee table crafts, clothing and so much more.
The tour will then proceed to the Bahai Temple which was opened on 15 January 1962, the Temple is the only place of worship of its kind in Africa and is the spiritual home to the African Bahá’í community, adherents to the 2nd most geographically dispersed Faith in the world, founded by the Persian mystic Bahá’u’lláh in the nineteenth century. The Bahá’í Temple in Kampala, visible for miles around and open to all, is set in neatly manicured gardens extending over some 30ha atop Kikaya Hill. The Lower part of the building consists of a white nonagon roughly 15m in diameter, with “nine great doorways which beckon men and women of every race and clime, of every faith and conviction, of every condition…”  This is topped by an immense green dome, made with glazed mosaic Italian tiles, and a turret that towers 40m above the ground. The interior, which can seat up to 800 people, is illuminated by ambient light filtered through coloured glass windows, and decorated with lush Persian carpets.

 

After that we will head to the Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo which is one of the most distinguished shrines in Uganda and an important site among Christians in Africa. It is believed that, at Namugongo, 32 young Christian converts (Including Anglican & Catholics) were martyred on refusal to denounce Christianity, which was spreading like wildfire in Uganda right from 1870.This angered King (Kabaka) Mwanga II, prompting his to order the execution of the 32 men on Thursday 3rd June 1886.

The Church of the Namugongo Martyrs, dedicated in 1975 and subsequently named a basilica church, is an unusual and imposing structure, modernistic and metallic in appearance, but based on the traditional Kasiisira style.The site of the massacre was visited by Archbishop Robert Runcie of Canterbury in 1984, and by Pope John Paul II in 1993. The 3 June massacre remains a public Holiday in Uganda and is marked worldwide on the Church calendar in honor of the Uganda Martyrs.

We will then head on to Ndere Troupe Center which is hands down the cultrural dance capital of Uganda. The centre is a collection of all Music, Dance and Drama from all the regional inhabitants of Uganda and beyond. Amazing performances from Acholi, Lugbar, Karamajong, Bagisu, Baganda, Banyoro, Batooro, Banyankole, Bakiga and the tribes beyond boarders like Barundi and Banyarwanda all combine to provide a perfect summary of the local inhabitants of the great lakes region in a single night- an amazing encounter. The dance groups are clothed in traditional attire throwing their arms, legs, twisting their waist, bending their necks and showcasing all styles of dancing suiting the beats of drums, flute sounds among other traditional music instruments delivering a typical magical African experience.
The experience at Ndere troupe goes beyond leisure, the messages uttered out during performance breaks are quite educative and aimed at closing cross-cultural differences among the people. It is no wonder that at the end of the show, all people from different cultural backgrounds join each other to dance the tunes and drum sounds from areas that they have never even reached or heard of in an enchanting mood of excitement. This is one of the memorable encounters, a visitor will ever have while visiting the country and Africa in general.

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