Day to Day Itinerary Details
Day 01: Tour Kampala
08:30 am: You will set off and drive through Kampala – “The African City that never sleeps.” Kampala city has two central business areas; the upper Kampala that’s cleaner, more organized, and less congested, comprising of government offices, corporate entities, and upper-class shopping malls. The lower Kampala is an ever-busy business hub comprising of multi-trade activities, dusty roads, busy markets like the famous Owino Market- which is the largest 2nd hand clothing market in Africa, the Taxi Park-an amazing site in itself and the hub of Kampala transport with hundreds of mini-vans jostling in and out plus a couple of Food and Vegetable Markets. You will explore some of the seven hills of Kampala (popularly known as Rome of Uganda) and visit several places among which include; GadhafiMosque: This is the biggest mosque in East & Central Africa with an excellent mix of African, Arabic, and modern European Architecture. Make sure to climb the 308 steps of the minaret to get the most amazing view of Kampala and its surroundings- It is unforgettable!!
Kabaka’s Palace & Parliament: In this palace, king Mutesa II was attacked by Idi Amin`s soldiers forcing him into exile in Great Britain from where he later died of poisoning. Situated on a hill overlooking Kampala, this palace is a symbol of rich cultural history for many Ugandans. Still present are the torture chambers inside which Idi Amin used to torture anyone who was perceived as a political threat. The presence of human blood writings on these wall chambers is a living memory to those who lost loved ones during the dark era in Ugandan history. Still at the gate of this palace is a traditional fire source that has never burnt out since the inception of the Buganda monarchy/Kingdom and shall never stop burning least a king is dead. Here is a representation of all Baganda Clans and their respective role in this Kingdom since time immemorial, as narrated by a royalist at this fire source. A short distance away but directly positioned gate to gate is the Bulange- a parliament in which the Kabaka and his ministers have since the old days sat to deliberate upon issues concerning the Buganda Kingdom. The architectural design of this building has proven a spectacular tour site to many local and international visitors.
Kasubi Tombs: This UN heritage site is where fallen kings of the Buganda Kingdom are buried. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing a large hillside within the Kampala district. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built-in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials, principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle, and daub. The site’s main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity, and identity.
Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine: This is a memorial place where 22 Catholic young men/martyrs were officially burnt to ashes after rebelling against King Mwanga when he ordered them to stop worshiping the missionary preached God of heaven but in vain. Every 3rd June, the Catholic Church and their counterpart of Anglican persuasion flock this place from all over Africa most of them by foot to commemorate this day in honor of their Religious heroes. The unique architecture of the temple of worship in this place is stunning
Lunch, a Ugandan traditional cuisine. Thereafter, depart Kampala heading to the East of Uganda to the second largest town and the colonial manufacturing hub, Jinja. The Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea. En route, you will stop at the Sezibwa Falls, a cultural site well known for its terrific falls. As stated by the local convictions, this river is believed to have been born by a human being.
Stay: 2 friends Jinja
Approx: 2-3hours Drive
Meal plan: L/D
Day 02: Tour Jinja
Take breakfast, and after proceed to the sailing club from where you’ll take a boat trip to the Source of the Nile. The first explorer to discover the source of the Nile is believed to be John Hanning Speke in 1858. At the source stands the mighty Lake Victoria which is believed to be the source of the Nile. Waters from the large Lake leave the Victoria Nile to head north to join the Albert Nile in Northern Uganda. During this boat tour, you will be able to view a wide variety of birds, monitor lizards, and other aquatic life.
Optional activities include; Hoarse riding US$60, Bungee Jumping US$115, Water Rafting US$140, sundowner cruise on the NileUS$45 and Quad Biking US$60 or simply relaxing by the Nile.
In the evening, travel back to Kampala/Entebbe
Stay: Airport Guest House
Meal plan: Breakfast
End of Tour