Main Attractions in Uganda

National Museum

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The Uganda museum (founded in 1908) is the container of Uganda's historic memories. It is located on Kiira Road, near Mulago hospital, about 4 km from Kampala city centre. The museum is a true reflection of Uganda's multicultural past displaying the countries indigenous culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history.

It is a display of Uganda's cultural heritage where of ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a vivid reminder of the country's colourful past. One of its most interesting features is the collection of traditional musical instruments, which one is free to play.

It was inaugurated in 1908 at Lugard's Fort on Old Kampala Hill in Kampala city, and is regarded as the biggest and the oldest museum in Uganda. The museum was relocated to Makerere University in the school of industrial and fine arts and from there it was shifted to Kitante Hill, where it stands today in 1954.

Apart from being a national historical monument, the museum houses a collection of historical artifact. It is also a source of information about more than 650 cultural heritage sites dotted across the country. This means that the national museum is a centre of learning about the life, culture and heritage of Ugandans.


Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine

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Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine is an important religious and historical site related to the Buganda kingdom. Situated about 12 kilometers 7.5 miles north-east of Kampala off the Jinja Road, this impressive site is where 22 Christian converts were excecuted on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II in 1886.

A steel domed structure carved in a traditional style stands at the scene. Artistic works depicting the scenes of this memorable Christian episode grace the interior walls of the house. In the centre, preserved in glass are some remains of one of the great martyrs: Kaloli Lwanga.


Getting there: Head out of the capital on the Jinja road. At the second main round about on Jinja Road, near contenary Park, there is a right turn to Port Bell, some five kilometer three miles away on the shores of Lake Victoria. Uganda Railways Cooperation uses the town as its base from which to operate the country's second route to the Indian Ocean by utilizing wagon ferries between port bell and the northern Tanzanian lake port of Mwanza, where traffic is connected by railway to the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam. To continue to the Shrine, return to the Jinja Road and head north -east, past the Uganda Management Institute on your left before you come to the huge Lugogo sports complex.


Bird watching

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Queen Elizabeth boasts 606 bird species. You can encounter them by using experienced guide and they know the most interesting bird spots around swamps, lakes and other interesting habitat. Queen Elizabeth national park offers you a good chance of spotting Uganda's most sought after bird the prehistoric looking shoe Bill stork! Other key species include; the African fish eagle, martial eagle, papyrus ganolek, African Skimmer and many more. A trip plan for a minimum of 2-3 days gives one the best chance to see these beautiful birds.

Game Drives In Ishasha.

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Ishasha is the true pearl in the southern part of the park. Idyllic campsites frequently visited by Colobus and other monkeys are situated along the winding Ishasha River. The famous tree climbing lions can be spotted on large fig trees in this part of the park. Topi, Uganda Kob and Buffaloes Graze in the Acacia studded savannah.

 Uganda's largest national park protects a portion of wild African savannah separated by the impressive river Nile.
It is named for the magnificent Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river burst out ferociously through a narrow gap in the Rift Valley escarpment to fall into a frothing pool 43m below. This park protects intense populations of lion, elephant, buffalo, and Uganda kob together with the localized Rothschild's giraffe and patas monkey. Massive concentrations of hippos and birds can be observed from the launch trips along the Nile below the fabulous waterfalls for which the park is named.