Red Chilli Kampala Day Tour


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Red Chilli Kampala

Red Chilli Kampala Day Tour

A one day tour of the vibrant and bustling city of Kampala, taking in all of our favourite religous, historic and cultural highlights.

Tour Details

The capital of Uganda has traditionally enjoyed a reputation as the greenest city in Africa. Kampala literally means “of the Impala”, due to the number of antelope which roamed freely over the Kabaka of Buganda’s hunting reserve in the nineteenth century. The city, like Rome, was originally built on seven hills, although Kampala has expanded dramatically over many more hills since then, into the busy and bustling vibrant city that it is today. In fact the city has been named the 13th fastest growing city in the world, with a current population of over 3.5 million and a growth rate of more than 4%. Despite this, Kampala has managed to retain its relaxed and friendly feel and enjoy relative safety: some of the reasons why it has been ranked the best city in which to live in East Africa.

There is much to see and do whilst in Kampala and many sites of cultural, religious and historic interest to visit. These are spread over the length and breadth of the city’s hills, which makes a comprehensive tour on public transport more than a little challenge. For this reason we have put together a varied itinerary of our highlights of the whole city which can be enjoyed in a full day with your own Red Chilli driver and guide.

Departure & Return Location

Red Chilli Hideaway | Kampala

Departure Time


Price Includes

  • Traditional Ugandan lunch
  • Private driver/tour guide
  • All activities & entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses

08:45Meet at Red Chilli Reception - Leave for Day Tour 09:00

Please be at Red Chilli reception by 08.45 to meet your driver and guide for the day. Depart at 09.00 in either an 8-seater minibus or a standard saloon car, if 3 or less people are on your tour.

09:45Uganda National Mosque

Depending on traffic, you will arrive at the Uganda National Mosque by 09.45. The mosque was commissioned as a gift for Uganda by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and was completed in 2007. Although Kampala has many mosques, this sky-scraper mosque is the largest in East Africa and boasts panoramic views over the whole city. At the mosque you will take a brief private tour and enjoy the views from the minaret. Please note, women should be prepared to cover themselves before entering the mosque (scarves are provided if necessary at the entrance) and a reasonable level of fitness is required to climb all of the stairs up the tower for optimal viewing.

10:45Taxi Parks and Owino Market

Leaving the National Mosque, you will take a drive past the infamous Kampala taxi parks and Owino market. Owino is the second largest second-hand clothes market in Africa, although you can buy pretty much anything from here! The market borders the crazy transportation hub of Kampala: the old and new taxi parks and the bus park. If you wish, you may take a brief stop here to have a look around or take some photos of the organised mayhem!

11:00 Kabaka’s Palace

Arrive at the Kabaka’s Palace in Mengo. The site actually comprises 2 palaces which provide a rich history of one of Uganda’s oldest Kingdoms – the Buganda. Although you are not permitted to enter the palaces, you will receive an informative guided tour of the grounds, including the torture chambers of Idi Amin. Not for the faint-hearted!

11:45 Kabaka’s Lake

Leaving the palace, you will take a short drive to the nearby Kabaka’s Lake – the largest man-made lake in Uganda and originally built to allow the king to travel by boat to Lake Victoria, as well as serving as an escape route in the event of armed conflict with the British. The construction was halted in 1888, before completion, because of a religious war that broke out in the kingdom.

12:30Mamma Babolu’s restaurant

After leaving the Kabaka’s lake you will head off for a sumptuous lunch at Mamma Babolu’s restaurant in Mbuya. Her Ugandan buffet is prepared fresh daily and usually includes the following traditional food, depending on what is in season: African beef and/or goat stew, steamed matoke, pilau, cassava, sweet potato, chapatti , spinach and G-nut sauce. Homemade passion fruit juice or a soda will also be provided.

14:00Namugongo Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine

After lunch, you will make your way to the Namugongo Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine on the East of the City, for your last activity of the day. On 3rd June 1886, under the orders of King Mwanga II, 32 men were burnt to death for their Christian faith. The basilica, set in 15 acres, was completed in 1968 and has been honoured by two Papal pilgrimages, in 1969 and again in 2015. You will receive a guided tour around the grounds, where artwork and sculptures depict the martyrs’ sacrifice.

17:00Return to Red Chilli Kampala

You will return to Red Chilli Kampala at around 5pm, depending on traffic conditions and the exact time taken at each location.


From only US$65 per person.

Price dependent on number of people on Safari

  1 Person 2 People 3 People 4-5 People 6-8 People
Standard Price (Per person) $ 145 $ 100 $ 85 $ 75 $ 65
Terms and Consitions
  • Trip cost excludes all food/drinks/other personal items, unless otherwise sepecified in the itinerary
  • Cost includes transport/fuel and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Staff tips are never expected but always appreciated.
  • A 50% deposit or payment in full is required in order to secure your reservation. Please see our payment terms and conditionsfor further information.
  • Pick-ups en route may be considered if FULL PAYMENT is made in advance – please enquire before booking.
  • Baggage is limited to 1 medium backpack per person. Excess baggage can be stored at Red Chilli Kampala free of charge.
  • If you are arriving at Red Chilli Kampala on the morning of departure please report to the reception by specified time. We cannot wait for latecomers and will not refund deposits should this occur.
  • Do not approach any wild animals you may see around the camp/park, & do not startle them with flash photography.
  • Drink plenty of water at all times & protect yourself from the sun.
  • Take care of your valuables at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss.
  • We can supply packed lunches on request from Red Chilli Kampala. However last orders are taken at 21.00 the night before the trip departs. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please email or call ahead with your order.
  • Please leave yourself plenty of time between the scheduled return of the trip and any ongoing travel connections. We cannot accept responsibility for any missed connections due to late return



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