If you only have three hours to spare, then our Mini Tour is the best way to see the city! See the highlights of Kampala’s history, from the royal palaces and tombs, to the churches of the missionaries who introduced Christianity and the martyrs who died for it.
Kampala is part of Buganda kingdom, the largest of Uganda’s indigenous kingdoms. It is a city built over seven hills, and takes it’s name from the Impala that used to roam there.
Buganda was ruled by a king, known as the Kabaka. Each Kabaka established his capital on a hill, where he built his palace. Kings were traditionally buried in their palaces, a tradition that ended at the turn of the twentieth century.
The only Catholic saints in Africa died for their faith in Kampala, during a two-year persecution in the 1880s. Missionaries had arrived in the kingdom at the invitation of the Kabaka twenty years prior, but the conversion of the local people led to civil war.
Explore the sites that offer a snapshot into Kampala’s culture, history and heritage