If you want to take a day trip without having to check your wallet, we’ve come up with some excellent cheap and free things to do in Kampala. Using the Uber fare estimator, we’ve have planned a choice of two exciting itineraries, which will help you to keep your travel costs in check. Don’t forget to check out dynamic pricing to see how peak times can affect Uber rates in Kampala.
Starting point: Constitution Square
A central spot is always a good place to start, but before you start your day trip, you may as well stroll around the symbolic Independence Monument. Continue to work up an appetite as you take a 10-minute walk down the road to Café Javas to enjoy a hearty brunch from their varied menu – perhaps a traditional Rolex. Of course, you mustn’t forget the great selection of coffees prepared by their specialist baristas, accompanied by a delicious home-baked pastry.
Option One: Shopping with a side of art
After brunch, it’s time to for a walk in the market – catch an Uber ride to Owino Market (USh 4000-5000 or a short walk southwest). Kampala’s markets are famous around the world, and Owino is one of the biggest. Whether you’re looking for a deal or just exploring, you can find everything from fresh fruits and food to second-hand clothes, shoes and TVs. And, of course, Owino isn’t the only market around: a quick walk into Kisenyi will take you to Segawa Market and Usafi market is just next to the Pan Africa Freedom Square.
Once you’ve had enough of window-shopping or haggling, continue your day by riding to the Nommo Gallery, a cultural haven in the heart of the city (USh 4000-5000). Boasting an impressive array of art in all its forms, Uganda’s national art gallery features sculpture, batik, crafts and paintings from both local and international artists on display (and for sale). Stop off for a cup of coffee to contemplate or a cold drink at one of the restaurants on the premises once you’ve had your fill.
Option Two: Politics and history
Alternatively, you can take an Uber ride from Café Javas to the Kasubi Tombs (USh 10000-13500). Politically and spiritually, this UNESCO World Heritage Site (the burial place of four Buganda kings – and made entirely from plant matter) has strong links for the Ganda people. Since the fire in 2001, which almost destroyed some of the buildings entirely, it has been the focus of major restoration work and is definitely worth a visit or re-visit.
Of course, after the past comes the present. Take a step this time into modern history by riding to Parliament House (a USh 6000-8000 ride). You can either take a guided tour of the building, or if you want to see the government at work, you can organize to take a visit during their sitting times from 2:30PM Tuesday to Thursday.
Dinner with a difference
After feasting on culture or history, it’s time to head back to Kampala Road for a feast of Indian food at Haandi Kampala (Nommo Gallery USh 4000-5000, walking distance from Parliament House). Choose from their specialty Indian dishes with papadums to start and a variety of curries on offer, both meaty and vegetarian. If Indian’s not your thing, they also offer Chinese and Thai dishes – explore their extensive menu yourself!
So, for about USh 20000 or less, you can spend an enjoyable day soaking up some of the best that Kampala has to offer. If none of the above grabs you, you can use the Uber fare estimator to work out how much it will cost to organize your own day of cheap things to do in Kampala with Uber!