KAMPALA CITY MONUMENTS TOUR

Attraction Overview

Kampala city monument tour: A monument is a statue, landmark, building or structure put up to commemorate a famous event or notable person. Uganda is endowed with rich symbolic historical monuments one can explore mostly within the capital city. Visit all these monuments and many other land marks in a days excursion on foot or by sight seeing bus. They can be visited throughout the year due to their strategic locations within the city center.

 

The monuments are perfect sites to capture Kampala city in breathtaking photography.

Itinerary

Start the tour in the morning with a guided visit to the Independence monument being the closest site, move down to The Stride and Muteesa II monuments, while here, you will see the parliamentary building, national theatre, Kampala Sheraton and Serena hotels which area is the safest in the city given its proximity to the Nakasero state house.

Continue to Centenary park and learn of the history of this encroached wetland in the city center, move northwards to constitutional square to tour the war memorial monument and conclude with the Sir Apollo Kaggwa monument on Kampala road. Settle for lunch at a selected restaurant up town or down town before visiting the Buganda road crafts village to shop for souvenirs.

Visit other major land marks like Makerere University, Gadaffi mosque, Rubaga and Namirembe cathedrals, Nakasero central market, Old taxi park, Kibuli mosque, Uganda museum etcetera then return to your place of residence.

 Independence monument

This important piece in Uganda’s heritage is located along Speke road opposite standard chartered bank, It is a sculpture of a woman lifting up a child in her arms commemorating Ugandas independence from British colonialism which took effect on October 9th 1962.

The Stride – CHOGM monument

This monument is located behind the parliamentary building in the southern gardens and commemorates the commonwealth heads of state meeting held in Kampala, Uganda on 23rd – 25th November 2007. It is the most expensive of all and was uncovered by the Queen of England.

Muteesa II Presidential monument

The Muteesa II presidential monument is located on Speke road around Nile Avenue near the independence monument. It commemorates Sir Edward Muteesa II the first president of Independent Uganda for his contribution towards Ugandas struggle for independence.

Sir Apollo Kaggwa Monument

This monument is located along Kampala road facing Amber house known as the statue of leadership. It was made to remember Sir Apollo Kaggwa a former (Katiikiro) Prime minister of Buganda Kingdom for pioneering a campaign for the use of electricity during his term in office. He also encouraged Ugandans to grow coffee as a cash crop and offered his own land for construction of schools.

Centenary monument

This one is located at Centenary Park neighboring Hotel Africana. This monument was built to commemorate the centenary celebrations of Kampala Capital City Authority for its contribution to socio–economic development of the city. This monument has a treadmill protected by shields which signifies progress, it also appears on the 20,000 Uganda shillings note. This feature was designed by a Makerere University Artist, Sylvia Katende and it stretches up to 6 feet.

War memorial monument

The war memorial monument is found within constitutional square in the city center. This monument was built to remember Ugandan soldiers who lost their lives during the first and second world wars. It which was built at the peak of the World War II in the year 1945 making it one of the oldest in Uganda. It It is printed on the back of 5,000 Uganda shillings note.

Education monuments

These depict the role and contribution of education on Ugandas economy. Kyambogo University has a monument with three kids struggling to touch a book in commemoration of the centenary celebrations of education in Uganda unveiled in 1996. Makerere university has a monument titled Hatching a new generation in front of the college of natural sciences depicting a new dawn in the world of academics in Uganda with the rise of many educational institutions under the example of the fully established tower.

The two monuments below are located in Entebbe and can be visited to or from Kampala depending on ones travel program.

 The church monument

The church monument is located on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kigungu village near Entebbe international airport. It bears statues of Reverend Father Simon Lourdel and Brother Amans Mapeera the first catholic missionaries in Uganda belonging to the White Fathers Missionary Group, it is here that they first landed on 17th of February 1879. This place means a lot to the Ugandan Catholic community, a pilgrimage is held every year on the 17th of February to celebrate the birth of Christianity. A beautiful church was built in front of the monuments for this reason.

Muzinga Park monument

The Muzinga park monument is located along airport road below the state house, Entebbe. It comprises of an anti – aircraft canon gun that symbolizes Uganda’s participation in the Second World War.

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Excursion includes; 

  • Hotel pick up and transfer 
  • Monument visit
  • Lunch and bottled mineral water
  • Expert tour guide fees
  • Professional photography

Excursion exclusions;

  • Visa fees, international flights, personal insurance
  • Phone bills, tips, laundry services and other personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and extra activities outside the itinerary

Optional activities: Tour Kampala 7 hills, visit major land marks

NB:

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  2. Country health status: There is no disease out break 
  3. CANCELLATION POLICY

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  1. Cancellations received within 30 -10 days’ notice to date of departure will incur 25 % charge
  2. Cancellations received within 9-2 days’ notice to date of departure will incur 50% charge
  3. Cancellations received within less than 48 hours to date of departure incur the full charge
  4. No shows without communication over the whole safari period will be charged 100%
  5. Cancellations of bookings in peak seasons (Christmas, new year and Easter) received 60 days to date of departure will incur a cancellation charge of 100%
  6. Cancellations must be advised in writing via email to the reservations or tours manager

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