Further Afield, Kampala and Jinja

Kampala is now less than an hour’s drive on the new Entebbe Kampala expressway, though it is advisable to avoid rush hour traffic in Kampala. There are several sites worth visiting including:

The thatched Kasubi Tombs of Baganda kings is a UNESCO heritage site for the burial grounds of four Baganda kings with unique architecture and displaying many artifacts.

Uganda Museum is the oldest museum in East Africa, established in 1908. and was based in several locations before moving to its present site in 1954.

The Uganda National Mosque is the largest in East Africa.  Daily guided tours of the mosque are available, which include a climb to the top of the 50-metre minaret with its 360-degree view of Kampala. Please check the times of the tours, especially on Fridays. People of all faiths are welcome. Footwear should kindly be removed and women are provided with headscarves and a full-length robe.    On Fridays, there is an excellent craft market next to the mosque, in the forecourt of Lugard’s Fort which houses an exhibition of historical photographs of Uganda.

Jinja, the source of the Nile river, can be reached within two and a half hours after an early departure. Half or full-day rafting trips of various grades, including a family float with no capsizing, are organised by the White Water Rafting company as well as kayaking, tubing, and body boarding.