Martyrs and Kings

1 Day, 150 Years of History

Cultural Tour

Kampala One Day Tour

Various dates available

1 day tour. Bookings now being taken.

Location

Kampala City

Martyrs and Kings: Historical Kampala

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, and it has a rich history. Located in the kingdom of Buganda, Kampala was once ruled over by a succession of Kings, dating back to the fourteenth century.   Their tombs are now located throughout the city. The only Catholic saints in Africa are buried near where they sacrificed their lives for their faith on the outskirts of the city. The official royal palace of the current King was once used as a military barracks

Our Martyrs and Kings tours take you through the history of the city over the past 150 years. Our first stop is the Protestant Shrine at Namugongo. It is here that 12 Catholics and 13 Protestants converts were burnt to death for refusing to renounce their faith.

We then head to the Catholic Shrine, 1.5km down the road. Here, one Catholic martyr was executed separately. The shrine is built over the spot where he died, and is a minor Basilica. The Pope visited both shrines in 2015.

Next, our tour takes you to Wamala Tombs, the palace, and now final resting place of the 29th Kabaka (King) of Buganda, Ssuuna II. It is here that the first Arab traders came to the kingdom in 1844.

We then visit Fort Lugard in Old Kampala, which was the seat of the first colonial governor, Captain Frederick Lugard, once Buganda became part of the British Protectorate.

The royal palace at Mengo is out next stop. It was built in 1885 by Kabaka Mwanga, and has had a long colourful history, including being a military barracks for three decades.

Our final stop is a hotel that used to serve as a headquarters, entertainment centre and occasional torture chamber for post independence rulers Idi Amin and Milton Obote.

On our Martyrs and Kings tour, our guide will tell you the story behind each site, and give an account of the larger historical context within which these events took place.

RESIDENT RATE $78
NON-RESIDENT RATE $85

DAILY ITINERARY

DAY 1

Namugongo Protestant Shrine – Namugongo Catholic Shrine – Wamala Tombs –Idi Amin’s Torture Chambers – Kabaka Statue – State Research Bureau–  Serena Hotel (Nile Mansions)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • ALL DRINKS INCLUDEDYES
  • LUNCHYES
  • SITE ENTRANCE FEES YES
  • ACCOMMODATION NO
  • TRANSPORT TO/FROM KAMPALAYES

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About Changing Horizons

Changing Horizons is a tour company which specialises in travel to sites of historical interest in East Africa.

Our tours take you to places that are identified with past events and experiences, such as sites of great discovery, like the source of the Nile, or sites of great sacrifice, like the shrine of the Christian martyrs.

Contact Details

How to book and get further information

Email: bookings@changing-horizons.com

Business registration number: 197182

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