Day trip

Martyrs and Kings

Experience the culture and heritage of kampala

Explore Kampala’s unique past: see the palaces of the Kings, the graves of the Christian martyrs, the fort of the British administrators and the haunts of post-independence rulers, Idi Amin and Milton Obote.

Expertly designed, locally led

discover kampala's past

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. Kampala gets its name from the Hill of Impalas, akasozi k’empala, in Luganda and has played host to many a historical event.

 

martyrs

The only Catholic saints in Africa died for their faith in Uganda. 23 Protestant and 22 Catholic converts were martyred between 1885 and 1887. They are commemorated each year on 3rd June, and a million pilgrims come each year to Kampala.

Kings

Located in the kingdom of Buganda, Kampala was ruled over by a succession of Kings, dating back to the fourteenth century. There are 56 palaces and tombs throughout the capital, symbols to the rich cultural heritage of Buganda’s royalty.

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The Sites That We Visit

We travel across Kampala visiting the sites that represent the different facets of its past

Uganda Martyrs Museum

An exhibition about the Christian martyrs on the site where they were killed and are buried

Wamala Tombs

The burial site of Kabaka Ssuuna II, the king who welcomed the Arab traders into Buganda

Lubiri Palace

The royal palace became a barracks after the Battle of Mengo, and houses an underground military bunker.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

A minor Basilica built over the spot where St Charles Lwanga was martyred in 1886

Fort Lugard

Captain Frederick Lugard, the first administrator of the protectorate, built his fort on Old Kampala hill

Nile Mansions

A four star hotel that was used as a torture chamber during the regimes of Idi Amin and Milton Obote