Kampala – Entebbe – Jinja

Kampala

Uganda Museum

Kampala’s Uganda Museum, which offers displays on Uganda’s history, anthropology and geography, including a unique collection of traditional musical instruments.

Craft Markets

Shopping tour of the two largest craft markets in Kampala, situated on Buganda road and behind the National Theatre. Opportunity to enhance your haggling skills and pick up some much loved pieces of African arts and crafts.

Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine (8kms east of Kampala)

Commemorating the martyrdom of 22 christian converts who were burnt alive in 1885 and 1887.

Kasubi Tombs (15kms north west of Kampala)

Traditional burial site of four former Kings of Buganda.

Bahai Temple (6kms north of Kampala)

This is the “mother temple” of Africa – the only temple of this religious sect found in Africa with a panoramic view of Kampala. Built in approx. 1957.

Local Market(s)

Visit Nakasero market for an amazing varied display of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Uganda, or the large, bustling Owino market – the largest market in Kampala selling not only fruit & vegetables and dry foodstuffs but a huge array of second hand clothing, footwear, household goods… anything and everything from a bolt of cloth to a tube of toothpaste! (NB: not for the feint-hearted! beware of pick-pockets!)

Makerere University

East Africa’s oldest institution of higher learning.

Namirembe Cathedral (Protestant)

Uganda’s oldest cathedral, built by the first representatives of the Church Missionary Society. Namirembe, meaning “mother of peace and tranquillity” is the name by which both the hill and the Cathedral have come to be known.

Rubaga Cathedral (Catholic)

Roman Catholic church with beautiful architecture. Archbishop Kiwanuka (the first Archbishop to be ordained in Uganda) is interred here.

Old Kampala Mosque

This is the site where Idi Amin was attempting to build the “largest mosque in Africa”, however the one minaret he built was demolished in recent years and Col. Gadaffi has funded the building of a beautiful, brand new mosque, complete with domes and minarets. Absolutely stunning at sunrise.

Mulago Hospital

Uganda’s largest teaching hospital.

Kibuli Mosque (east of Kampala)

Situated on Kibuli Hill, this mosque has panoramic views of Kampala.

Shopping Options

  • Garden City Mall – a variety of shops (Uchumi supermarket, butchers, wines & spirits, clothing, shoes, crafts, sports, bookstore), optician, hairdressers, banks, food court, coffee shops and food bars, cinema, bowling alley, gym.
  • Kisementi shopping area – supermarkets, crafts, hairdressers, bank, several restaurants and a sports bar
  • Lugogo shopping area – Game store, Shoprite supermarket, opticians, coffee shop, bank.

Entebbe

Entebbe Botanical Gardens

The lovely Entebbe Botanical Gardens are conveniently located close to town, and allow for good wildlife viewing opportunities. A variety of bird species can be seen here, as well as a number of unusual plant species. Several primate species also reside in the gardens.

Uganda Wildlife and Education Centre

Founded as sanctuary for young animals whose parents had been killed by poachers, the UWEC now operates as a conservation education centre, with a mission to promote an understanding of the importance of protecting Uganda’s biodiversity.
All the animals at the centre have been rescued from poachers, illegal trade or accidents. Over 50 animal species are represented by over 200 animals.

Ngamba Island excursion

Travel by  boat to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. This refuge on a 100-acre island offers a home to orphaned chimpanzees in a natural environment. Watching them is an absolute delight, as is a chance to help in their rehabilitation while stemming the impact of illegal poaching.

Tours from Entebbe or Kampala

Mamba Wetlands

This large accessible wetland near the village of Mamba on the shores of Lake Victoria is only a short drive from Kampala or Entebbe. Mamba swamp extends across more then 100km² from a shallow marshy bay on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. This large papyrus swamp is listed as an Important Bird area and provides a haven for a wide variety of birdlife. The swamp is laced with navigable channels which you can explore in dugout canoes with the excellent help of a local guide. Especially exciting is the chance to see the magnificent shoebill, Mamba swamp is now possibly the most reliable place to see this rare and most sort after bird.

Paper Craft

This community project is situated halfway between Entebbe and Kampala. It is a locally run company who use natural materials, such as banana leaf, pineapple and elephant grass, to make various kinds of paper. This is then used to produce a wide variety of items, including photo frames, gift boxes, cards, albums, books, and many other interesting objects.

During your visit you will be shown the process of paper making, with an opportunity to get your hands dirty and give it a go if you wish. You will be shown how the paper is then worked to make the various goods and again have the opportunity to make something yourself to take home. At the end of the tour, there will be a chance to purchase any of the items on sale. The money received from the sale of any goods is used to help local communities.

This year Papercraft have expanded their crafts to include the making of soaps which they supply to the lodges and also jewellery which is made from recycled glass.

Jinja

Jinja is a city in eastern Uganda. It is the second busiest commercial centre in the country, after Kampala. Jinja is approximately 90km from Kampala and is located on the shores of Lake Victoria near to the source of the Nile River.

Jinja is affectionately known as the ‘Adventure Capital of East Africa’ and has some of the most exciting tourism activities in Africa. These include white water rafting on a series of rapids north of the river’s source which represents one of the world’s premier white water rafting and kayaking destinations. A 700m-long aerial runway which provide the most novel way to cross the Nile and for the very adventurous a 44m bungee jump from a plateform cantilevered over the river; since Murchison Falls is 40m, this is the highest plunge along the length of the Nile apart from Egypt’s Aswan dam. Quad biking and horse
back safaris through local farms and communities are also available in Jinja and are a great way to have loads of fun and see the countryside and the local way of life.

On the 28th July 1862, John Hannings Speke declared that he could see the ‘old father Nile’ emerge from it’s source, the Victoria Nyanza. A monument was raised on the spot where he stood on the west bank of the Nile to mark the historical event. It is at this point that Speke believed the Nile River begins it’s journey through Uganda, Sudan and finally Egypt. There are also some craft stalls selling Ugandan arts and crafts, situated near to the Source of the Nile.

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Carbon Neutral 2012

As part of our corporate social responsibility program Classic Africa Safaris is carbon neutral. We are the FIRST safari company in Uganda and Rwanda to become carbon neutral, and one of the first safari/travel companies in East Africa to officially 'GO GREEN'.