Example trip: Kampala area - culture & fairtrade
Example trip Kampala area
Experience the special community projects, just outside Kampala and contribute yourself by helping the local people.
Kampala and surroundings
Kampala is the capital of Uganda. It is a mixture of a modern business centre, old colonial buildings, big markets, luxury districts and large slum areas. Especially at the outskirts and in the suburbs there is an abundance of shops, markets, taxis etc. The city has approximately 1.7 million inhabitants.
Participate in the workshop drumming and dancing
After arrival at Entebbe Airport, Kampala is often no more than a short overnight stop before leaving for the countryside, the next morning. However, it may be advisable to stay a bit longer in Kampala to get used to the tropical climate and the height (the whole country lies above 1000 metres). For many visitors this is their first experience with Africa. For those who want to experience more of the culture and get to know the people better there are different opportunities. RunguTours made a selection of options:
RunguTours selected some options:
The Kings' Tombs
Uganda contains five traditional kingdoms: Buganda, Ankole, Bunyoro-Kitara, Busoga and Toro. Kampala lies in the Buganda Kingdom. The Kasubi Tombs contain the remains and memories of four kings (Kabakas). It is an important spiritual place for the Buganda people. Also interesting is the Bahá’i temple; one of the seven Bahá’i houses of worship in the world. The mother-temple of Africa was designed by Charles Mason Remey and sits on Kikaya Hill, just outside Kampala City. The construction started in January 1948. The temple was opened on the 13th of January 1961.
Community-based project outside Kampala:
The community-based project in Mukono lies about 22 km from Kampala, in the direction of Jinja.
It is possible to make a day trip, but if you want to stay longer it is possible to camp here or rent a cottage. The following activites are possible (under supervision of the porject staff): - visit the farm and the coffe and tea plantations, here you can do some work alongside the staff -visit the clinic -take part in various workshops with the village people: drumming, dancing, weaving baskets and carpets, making traditional medicine from herbs from ancient prescriptions, listening to traditional stories told by the village elders etc. All income out of these activities will flow to the village and its population.
Ssezibwa Falls and Mabira Forest:
In the neighbourhood of this community there are the following possibilities: - a guided tour to the Ssezibwa Waterfalls (about 25 minutes from Mukono) - around the waterfall you can visit the spiritual places - visit a workshop where the traditional cloth is made from tree bark - do a guided village tour and participate in traditional cooking - a guided walk in the nearby Mabira Forest From here the journey back to Kampala will take about one and a half hour. You can combine this with a tour, later, to the parks that lie in the North (Kidepo) or the East (Jinja, Mount Elgon) of the country.
Walk around the Ssezibwe waterfall
Basket and carpet weaving
Pictures: Henk Bothof
- Bicycle tour through the outskirts and along lake Victoria
- Visit the local market where you can buy the ingredients for lunch and diner.
- Visit the Kings' Tombs (see information on this page)
- Cooking Ugandan food together with a local guide
- Departure to the Mukono Community based-project. Visit to schhol and clinic. Help out on the farm (tea and coffee plantation) or in the school.
- Participation in different workshops: traditional drumming,- Ugandan dances,- weaving baskets and carpets, - making traditional medicine from local herbs and crops from ancient prescriptions
- Cooking and eating together with local people and listening to tradional folk tales round the campfire
OPTIONAL DAY 3
- Stay overnight in a tent Mukono to get to know the people and participate in more workshops
- Visit to the Ssezibwa Watfall (this can also be done seoarately)
- Optional: visit a mosque - souvenir market - shopping mall