The Uganda Museum – Kampala

Dating far back to 1908, the Uganda Museum can be considered as the custodian of Uganda’s past. The building which is considered to be great historical significance to the Pearl of Africa Uganda, her citizenry and the number of travelers that undertake safaris in Uganda contains range artifacts that were collected over time symbolizing the process of modern day man’s civilization and past.

The Uganda Museum is located along Kiira Road in Kamwokya Kampala and is one of the significant tourist attractions that can be encountered in Kampala city by tourists on guided or self drive Uganda safari. The Museum houses a range of ethnographic items that bring out the traditional Ugandan society and the process of its civilization. The hunting equipment, music instrument s which can be played freely, archaeology, entomology and weaponry are among the artifacts in the Uganda Museum.


The Uganda Museum is considered to be the oldest in East Africa and its setting up stretches back to 1902 when objects of interest were called by George Wilkerson. In 1908, the British Protectorate government formally established the Museum at Old Kampala hill in a small Sikh temple. The excavations continued spearheaded by Bishop J. Wilson, Church Hill, E. Lanning, P.L Shinnie and E, L. Wayland from 1920 to 1940s leading to increase in the number of artifacts. Thus a bigger space was required and Margaret Trowel School of Fine Art at Makerere University was considered in 1941. In the process, the funds for construction of a more spacious and established Museum were raised and by 1954, the Uganda Museum had got a home on Kitante hill the place where it has lived up to today. This history in its self presents a rich trail that a tourist on safari in Uganda could opt to explore in detail.

Besides the exhibits in the Museum gallery, the Uganda National Museum is also a haven for educational tours that appear in form of demonstrations, outreach programmes, workshops and a range of complimentary services. The traditional huts in the Museum back yard depict a range of tribal communal stings ad their different architectures which are worth exploring while on Uganda safaris. The traditional canteen on the site offering traditional cuisine gives the taste of the Ugandan tradition. There is also a gift shop where one can get a souvenir to take back home. The German Architect Ernst May is credited to have designed the Uganda Museum structure.

Self Guided Short Tours around Kampala City

Kampala has so many interesting that one can explore on a self drive or guided tour around. Alternatively, you can hire car with drive in Uganda and explore the city along side other natural and historical wonders of the country. Among the reputable car rental companies in Kampala include Self Drive Uganda Limited, 4×4 Uganda Limited, Uganda Car Rental and Road Trip Uganda among others. Below are the detailed options short trips around Kampala.

Kampala City Tour: Itinerary

Pick you up at 8:30 am from agreed spot, and start on the drive through Kampala City to the Independence monument, then to the Parliament of Uganda from where you will continue to Rubaga and Namirembe Cathedrals before proceeding to the Kabaka’s Lake.

Visit Kasubi Tombs – the traditional royal tombs of the Kabaka’s of Buganda

Lunch break at Ekitobero Restaurant

Visit the crafts village at National Theatre before heading back ending your day’s excursion.

The above Includes

Entrance Fees

Land Cruiser / Minibus or Super Custom i.e. for 1 – 8 Pax

Coaster bus i.e. for 10 – 25 Pax

An English Speaking driver / Guide

Fuel (Gas)


Flooding in Kampala


1 Day Nile Express Tour/ White water rafting


Depart Kampala, head to East of Uganda to Jinja passing sugar plantations & colorful road side fruit /vegetable markets. Stop at the Owen Falls Dam and the submerged source of the Nile.

Lunch break at Jinja Nile Resort

Visit Bujagali falls where several rapids are situated close together. You will enjoy the quiet of the water and know the quiet times of the day.

Return to Kampala in the afternoon, with a brief stopover either at Ssezibwa Falls or Mabira Forest.

The above Includes:

A visit to the source of river Nile

A visit to Bujagali Falls

Entrance Fees

Land Cruiser / Minibus or Super Custom i.e. for 1 – 8 Pax

Coaster bus i.e. for 10 – 25 Pax

An English Speaking driver / Guide

Fuel (Gas)

The above excludes:

Local & International Flights

Airport transfers



Accommodation in Kampala (day prior & on completion of the excursion)


Plus any other items of personal nature

Alternatively, you can enjoy half day or full day white water rafting adventure on River Nile. Rafting fees are US$115 per person (half day), and US$125 per person full day. Other activities may include quad biking, horse riding and bungee jumping.


White water Rafting


1 Day Royal Martyrs Trail Tour


Your driver / guide will pick you from your Hotel in Kampala at 8:30 from where you will start the drive by visiting Old Kampala, where St Mathias Mulumba was killed;

The head to Kasubi Tombs. The Tombs are a huge dome like structure that houses the remains of four former Buganda Kings: Mutesa I, Muwanga II, Daudi Chwa II and

Edward Mutesa II.

Visit Kabakas Lake which was dug out on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga in the 1880’s as an escape corridor to Lake Victoria.

Continue with the drive past Namirembe Cathedral, where Bishop James Hannington’s remains were buried; then to Rubaga Cathedral, where archives on the lives of 22 Catholic martyrs are kept.

Head to Naguru where you will stop over for lunch at the Capital Palace or Arch Apartments

After lunch start take on a walking safari through the trails of the martyrs up to Namugongo shrine. This is the spot where in 1886 more than 20 newly converted Christians were burnt alive.

Spice up the day with a visit to Ndere Centre (Optional). Transfer back to Kampala town.

Transfer back to town. End of Excursion

The above Includes:

A visit to St. Mathias Mulumba, Namirembe & Rubaga Cathedrals

A visit to Kabaka’s Lake, Kasubi Tombs & Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

Entrance Fees

Land Cruiser / Minibus or Super Custom i.e for 1 – 8 Pax

Coaster bus i.e for 10 – 25 Pax

An English Speaking driver / Guide

Fuel (Gas)