The Land Rover Uganda Club Kampala tour

The Land Rover Uganda Club was formed by a group of enthusiasts who shared an interest in four wheel driving and the great outdoors. It caters for all models from Series I right through to the current Freelander, Defender, Discovery and Range Rover.

JOINING US

Membership of the club is open to everyone with an interest in Land Rovers and entitles members to participate in club activities and gain discounts offered by supporting organisations.

The Land Rover Uganda Club is a family club, and we have structured our membership fees to keep costs to a minimum where we can.

Social Events

The social side of our club is important to us.. We meet every last Friday of the month for a chat, catch up with Club members, to exchange information about anything in line with our Club and for anything else vaguely related to Land Rovers.

We normally use this opportunity to plan for off-roading and regular road trips for those who don’t wish to have lots of mud on their vehicles, among other things.

We’re always looking forward to welcoming new members, so why not pop along and say hello at our next get-together?

The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts

The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is undoubtedly Uganda’s number one festival – physically, by offering exciting artistic experiences to all audiences; artistically, by presenting Uganda’s finest artists and upcoming talents from across the country; demographically, by engaging as many Ugandans as possible, thus making the Bayimba International Festival their own; and organisationally, by being led by a team of committed, passionate and experienced Ugandans.

After a great launch to the 11th Edition on LUNKULU ISLAND in August 2018 with an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts, coupled with the magnificent view of Lake Victoria, Lunkulu is a two hours drive out of Kampala on the Mukono side along Jinja road, and this is the home of Bayimba foundation from two years ago. The drive could be shorter than two hours, but Jinja is a busy road, being the main import route for goods coming from Kenya to Uganda, and by extension to Rwanda.

How to get to Lunkulu

By own car

If coming by own car you are requested to travel through Nkokonjeru to join for the official festival parking area at Namaziina landing site from where you can cross to Lunkulu Island by footbridge. For directions see the route map.

Note that vehicles cannot access the island.

By private transport

Various private transport options (from the airport as well as Kampala) are available. You can cross to Lunkulu Island by boat from Kibanga port and landing site (drop off/KissAndDrive only)) or by foot bridge from Namaziina landing site.

Note that all drop offs and pick ups at Kibanga Port and landing site will be allowed till 7 pm. NO BOATS WILL BE ALLOWED TO LAND OR TAKE OFF to Lunkulu after 7pm.

Company

Mode of Transport

Contacts

Uber

Car / Vehicle

Download app

Safe Boda Boda

Motorcycle

Download app

Taxify

Car / Vehicle / Motorcycle

Download app

+256 712 489 222

+256 702 489 222

+256 773 259 277

Kampala Taxi

Car / Vehicle

Website

+256 779 445 464

+256 206 666 888

Friendship Taxi

Car / Vehicle

Website

+256 200 966 666

+256 700 985 511

+256 779 445 464

Roundbob

Private Hire / Vehicle

Website

jacob@roundbob.com

By public transport

Public transport from the Old Taxi park in Kampala using a matatu will cost 5,000/= UGX to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there one can use a boda boda ranging from between 3,000/= to 5,000/= UGX to Kibanga port from where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

From Mukono, you can take a matatu for 3,000/= UGX at the Mukono park located in Mukono town near Collin Hotel to get to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there you can use a boda boda ranging from between 3,000/= to 5,000/= UGX to Kibanga port where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

NOTE for visitors from outside Uganda:

All visitors from outside Uganda require a Visa and Yellow Fever Card to enter Uganda.

Flights

The nearest airport is Entebbe International airport which is directly served by a range of airlines.  Airport transfers are available and can be booked through Round Bob.

Bus

There are various bus companies connecting to Uganda from across the region (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda etc.). A special festival tour package for visitors from Kenya is arranged in partnership with Picnic Entity – click here!

Services on location

Food/drinks

There will be a wide range of food and drinks available at the festival location. Alcohol (beers and spirits) will be sold at the festival at regular Uganda prices. Snacks and dishes range from fresh fish, local food, BBQ.

It is forbidden for visitors below 18 year to buy or consume alcohol or tobacco.

Sanitary facilities

There are toilets available on the festival location while the camping areas also have washing opportunities (showers).

Camping shop

There will be a shop at the camping space where you can buy (in limited quantities) toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, bathing soap, lotion etc.

Mobile phone charging points

Mobile charging points will be available at the camping sites.

Internet

Unfortunately, the festival will not have internet services this time.

Accommodation

On-site camping

Camping is free for Full Festival Pass holders. It is advised you come with your tent and camping gear. If you do not have a tent, pre-pitched tents can be hired for all the festival days through our partner Errands Uganda.

Contact for Camping gear:

Errands Uganda

Beatrice B. Olakha

+256 704 182 118 or +256 783 714 915

Only tents are allowed – there is no space for campers.

There will be no electricity but there will be mobile phone charging points.

There will be basic sanitary facilities.

Off-site accommodation

Those in need of other accommodation can check out Jumia for hotel options.

Nearby accommodation 15 – 25 km

Accommodation

Address

Contact

Colline Hotel

Mukono

Website

+256 752 723 344

+256 392 790 212

reservation@collinehotel.com

Hotel Alvers Mukono

Mukono

Website

+256 392 176 623

+256 772 502 177

frontdesk@hotelalversmukono.com

Bush Baby Lodge

Mukono – Katosi Road

Website

+256 788 104 752

booking@staybushbaby.com

Tickets

Tickets are available via Jumia, Xente & Quicket.

Early Bird tickets:

• Full Festival pass – 71k

• Camping (tent for 2 + mattress) – 100k

Group tickets:

• 5 People – 50k per person

• 10 people – 45k per person

Late purchase and on gate tickets:

• Full Festival Pass – 95k

• One Day Pass – 30k

• Camping (Tent for 2 + Mattress + Sleeping bag) – 180k

Note: This year we do not have any children programme but parents are welcome to bring their children. The festival programme is child- friendly.

Ticketing Regulations

You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase any advanced Festival passes, ticket packages or individual tickets. Name changes will be allowed after purchase for a 10,000 UGX fee. If you purchase two passes, we will request the second name and a unique email for the pass. The deadline for the name transfers will be communicated on purchase order.

No refunds, transfers, or resale permitted. Ticket holders must be in the appropriate landing sites to board the boat or walk to the island in time before the festival starts. There are no ticketing privileges.

Ticket holders release or hold harmless Bayimba Festival with its subsidies and affiliated companies, successors, assigned and licensees and their respective officers, directors,employees and agents from any claims resulting in attendance. The likeness of the tickets and any Bayimba trademarks may not be used without express written consent of Bayimba Foundation.

come join us for the 13th Edition – 2020, 20th – 23rd August ,Lunkulu Island Mukono

Organising 12 editions of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is not a mere feat. Besides, Bayimba is also known to spearhead other major activities including the Kampala International Theatre Festival (KITF), the Amakula Film Festival, the Doa Doa East Africa performing arts market, and a multitude of workshops to improve the quality of arts education through the Bayimba Academy.

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Christmas Eve in Kampala

In downtown Kampala it’s always the busiest place in the nation. Usually crowded streets like Nabugabo Road, Kikuubo, Ben Kiwanuka Street and Luwum Street become impassable as pedestrians jostle to find a way through the Christmas-themed goods on display.

Some bus companies in Uganda have sharply hiked transport fares as Ugandans living in urban areas rush to their home villages to enjoy Christmas festivities with their relatives.

Currently, many passengers in Kampala are stranded in various bus parks around Kampala as the available buses are few to transport them at ago to upcountry homes. They are waiting for those coming from upcountry.

Transport fares range from Shs3500 to Shs100, 000 for those travelling to Juba.

Bus managers like always, when it comes to this period of the year, say the sharp increase in transport fares is meant to compensate for fuel consumption from upcountry as a few passengers board to Kampala. Taxi operators to places like Mbale, Tororo and Busia have also upped their fares.

“We have increased transport fares because when we return to Kampala, the taxi is almost empty with a few passengers yet we have to refill fuel and pay taxes,” said Abdu Kafeero a taxi operator who operates between Kampala and Mbale, which distance is normally charged Shs10, 000 but has now rose to Shs35000 from Kampala due to many clients going for Christmas.

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Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe

Adjacent to the beautiful Victoria Mall, the Western Premier Hotel is at the heart of everything a truly world class 5-star experience in Uganda has to offer…and more. Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe is located 3.7 mi from Entebbe International Airport and features an on-site bar and offers free WiFi. The Victoria Mall is 450 m away.

The hotel’s spacious rooms are clean. Its highly trained staff are the most hospitable people you will meet anywhere. Their willingness to serve and take your experience to a whole new level makes this hotel a must for your accommodation plans, retreats and conferences within East Africa. It is a place to hang out for a fun-filled day. It is truly beyond the ordinary.

The dining experience, the serene surrounding and breathtaking view and ambience makes the hotel visually stunning.Huge beds and lounge area are designed to suit your taste for a relaxing environment. How can you miss out on an experience of a lifetime presented to you at the most competitive prices available.
The hotel’s proximity to the world’s second largest fresh water lake makes it not only a marvel for your accommodation choice but also offers you the prospect of an exciting expedition within its vicinity.

The restaurant at Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe serves a international specialties, while the bar offering selection of beverages from wines, liquors, beers, cocktails and mocktails. The 24-hour front desk can assist guests in arranging an airport shuttle or taxi upon request.

Being a Family-friendly hotel connected to a shopping center in Entebbe with free breakfast A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free buffet breakfast is provided, as well as free WiFi in public areas, free valet parking, and a free manager’s reception. Additionally, a snack bar/deli, a 24-hour business center, and a conference center are onsite.

All 51 rooms offer free WiFi, balconies, and LCD TVs with digital channels. Other amenities available to guests include 24-hour room service, minibars, and premium bedding. Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe offers 51 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies. Beds feature premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium digital channels. Rooms have partially open bathrooms.

This Entebbe hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers.

A nightly turn down service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning as well as a complimentary manager’s reception.

A computer station is located on site and wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Business-related amenities at this 4-star property consist of a 24-hour business center and meeting rooms. Event facilities measuring 3900 square feet (362 square meters) include a conference center. This family-friendly hotel also offers a library, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance.

For a surcharge, an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is offered to guests. Complimentary self parking and valet parking are available on site. Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe is a smoke-free property. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

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The royal Mparo Tombs of Bunyoro

Mparo Tombs is the final resting ground of King Kabalega II who was exiled in Seychelles by the British empire in 1899, Tito Winyi plus several princes, princesses and royals of Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom. The Bunyoro – Kitara Kingdom was once the most powerful Kingdom in the country. Situated in western Uganda, the kingdom comprised of 5 districts, Masindi district, Hoima district, Kiryandongo district, Kibale district and Buliisa district. It becomes easy to visit this attraction if your Uganda safari tour has Kibale Forest National Park.

At the tombs, the remains of the kings were just laid out in small mausoleums and not buried. Each of the tomb is covered with a bark-cloth, a cultural cloth made by from cultural trees. Next to the cloth are the royal regalia and other cultural tools and belongings that respective kings used during their rule.

The most immense tomb at Mparo Tombs holds the remains of their greatest king, Omukama Kabalega. Omukama Kabalega is remembered for his exceptional endeavors to protect Bunyoro – Kitara empire from the British rule that was taking over Buganda by then. He is referred to as a brilliant fighter who always made the right decisions. Omukama Kabalega is still admired for his courage, exceptional achievements, and noble qualities. A number of roads, schools and buildings have been named after him.

The most shocking part of the tradition is Omukama Kabalega died in 1923 but still has a living wife and will forever have one. At the time of writing this article, there is an old woman inside the King’s tomb who is his wife. By tradition, when a king in Bunyoro marries a woman, he marries the entire clan which creates a bond between the woman’s clan and his clan implicating if his wife passes on, another woman is chosen from the same line. A weird fact is the bond between the King and his wife’s clan proceeds even after his death.

Despite the fact that Omukama Kabalega is wrapped in a bark-cloth, the tradition still had to continue and he there has to be a wife by his side. When this woman dies, a sacred ceremony is carried out in the Kingdom where another woman is chosen from the same lineage to become the new wife to the king. This goes on until the whole clan is no more then they can switch to another clan.

Mparo Tombs is situated about four kilometers from Hoima town on the Hoima – Masindi highway. Book a Uganda safari with us today and have a clear view of Mparo Tombs.

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Fairway Hotel and Spa

Fairway Hotel is a family-owned hotel constructed in 1969 to host Pope John I’s delegation, during his inaugural Papal visit to Africa. The Hotel has a unique history and an ideal, serene location in spacious grounds on Nakasero, one of Kampala’s seven hills, a short walk to the business and entertainment district. Originally a residential home, the building has served many purposes throughout the years, always retaining its detailed beauty and elegance, matched with modern comforts. During a crucial point in history, the Hotel offered free services to guests seeking refuge from political turmoil a young Uganda was facing.

We believe in our people first, who above all, care about you. One can find this ethos ingrained in every team member coming together and reflected in each aspect of your Hotel experience. Three generations of management have transformed the hotel while maintaining its family values of Quality, Excellence, and Honesty. Fairway Hotel is often described by our regular guests as their “home away from home”, providing exceptional customer service in the beautiful and bustling city of Kampala.

With 100 rooms fully serviced in a historical atmosphere of comfort and pleasure, Fairway Hotel and Spa is conveniently located on one of the Seven Kampala Hills in the Heart of the Capital.

We offer an unforgettable affordable experience in a contemporary style with well furnishings at our Conference Rooms, Restaurants and Bars, Swimming pool, Gym and Spa but yet convenient in our serene green and floral mixed culture environment for diversity for both the locals and internationals, business community and tourists.

Our Tree-top restaurant raises you up in the trees, with a beautiful view of the hotel, the Kololo hills and the Golf course area. The restaurant features a scrumptious breakfast buffet (included in the room rate), local (Ugandan) lunch buffet and Continental a la carte dishes.

Asian Fusion Restaurant is a treasure trove of unique Indian and Chinese foods that is designs to not only excite your eyes but your taste buds too. The restaurant’s courtyard transports guests to the wonderful world of Asia; adorned with exquisite traditional art, Thai sculptures, and Chinese architecture with private booths for intimate gatherings and a wealth of nature serene beauty of well-groomed lawns, flowers and trees.

The Ice Lounge bar is an upscale bar, serving an assortment of cocktails, wine and beer in a refined-yet-relaxed atmosphere. The lounge provides a place for in-house and outside guests to unwind at the end of the day with LCD screens, especially for watching soccer.

7 conference & meeting rooms and 2 Gardens (Palm & Green Gardens) .

Our Banqueting and Guest Relations team will ensure that any events organize is successful.Have your Dream Wedding at Fairway Hotel, unmistakably the most popular Poolside Wedding spot in Kampala. Beautiful Gardens, Great Food and Drinks and Yes, an Ample Parking Space for your Guests. Create great wedding memories with us!

We are surrounded by the biggest shopping malls and art craft centers with accessible transport network to get you anywhere at any time.

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Extreme Adventure Park Busiika

Extreme Adventure Park Busiika is located in Uganda Motosport Arena in Busiika village on Gayaza Road, Luweero district Uganda.

Extreme Adventure Park is Uganda’s biggest adventure park presenting thrill and excitement in all its outdoor games. Both Paintball shooting and the High Ropes Obstacle challenges constitute the major activities at the park.

The course provides challenges and excitement for groups as they work through physically and intellectually demanding situations The park is the ultimate adventure destination for all the fun you’re looking for.

We offer various outdoor activities for all, forexample; Co-operate Team Building, Bungee Trampoline, Paintball, High Ropes Element Course, bicycle racing, Quad BikingZip Lining, picnics, camping among others.

Come Build your confidence & self esteem, Take responsibility, Improve performance and Develope positive attitude. Fun, Satisfaction and Safety all at ones.

It’s also where motor cross and rally sports happens since it’s located with the circuit premises and for motor cross fun’s it’s a highly recommended place

Location
Busika, Luweero, Central Uganda

Getting There
Public or Private Transport (Taxis) can take you to the gate.

When to Visit
Throughout the Year

Who To Contact
You can contact the Extreme Adventure Park through their social media accounts to make arrangements or a list of Tour Operators is available to guide you through. They’ll take you to get the best experience ever in your adventurous life.

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Fort Patiko / Samuel Baker’s Fort

Fort Patiko or Samuel Baker’s Fort, a military fort built by Samuel Baker in Patiko, Gulu District, The Construction of the fort was completed on December 25, 1872.

After Baker left in 1888, the fort was used by Emin Pasha and Charles Gordon while they served as Governor of the Equatorial Province of the British Uganda Protectorate. A plaque on the remaining wall of a grain storage building in the center of the fort reads “Fatiko 1872 -88, founded by Sir Samuel Baker, occupied by Emin and Gordon”.

The fort was initially constructed by the Arabs as a slave collection centre. Sir Samuel Baker took over the fort from 1872 to 1888 when he was sent on a mission by the Queen of England to stop the slave trade which was being carried out by the Arabs slave traders.

The fort then became the headquarters for Emin Pasha and Gordon, the respective Governors of the Equatorial Province of the British Protectorate.

Slaves were a key trading item for the Arabs too and were captured from northern Uganda, Gondokoro in Sudan and other areas. Ocecu Hill became a sorting ground for slaves. Healthy-looking ones were forced to trek from Patiko, through Sudan across the Red Sea and sold in Egypt.

The fort had the following divisions which were instrumental to the Arab slave traders:

• The industrial area

• Court yard

• Prosecution Chamber- by (firing squad/beheading)

• Concrete stores

• Administrative Chamber

Fort Patiko is located about 32 kilometers north of Gulu Town, the fort is enclosed by a 16 feet wide and 15 feet deep trench dug by slaves on the orders of the Arabs to avoid the escape of captives. The site, covers about 9.4 hectares.

It is neighbored by six hills – Ajulu, Ladwong, Akara, Abaka and Labworomor to the north and Kiju hill to the south.

Kidepo Valley National park

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.

The park’s vegetation is described as open tree Savannah which varies in structure and composition. Mountain forest dominates some of the high places, while areas along the Lorupei River support dense Acacia geradi forest. The flora and fauna of the park are more typical of Kenya than the rest of Uganda. The landscape of the park is studded with small hills, rocky outcrops and inselbergs from which one can obtain stunning views in all directions.

Where to stay

Bandas offers a financial budget price, guests are recommended to carry there own food and even find the toilet facilities just outside the Bandas or your cabins.  The spectacular rocky attractiveness of Kidepo Valley National Park combined with the wild animals that waits are going to be well worth it. With camping gear u can camp just next to the bandas,

Game Drives

Your driver/guide will pick you at 6.00am to start the game drive in the Park . The park offers breathtaking Savannah landscapes, which end in rugged horizon. A huge latitudinal range and correspondingly wide climatic conditions have evolved an extremely diverse flora. Unique birds are found here like the Ostrich , kori bustard and secretary with 463 bird species. Kidepo’s species are not found anywhere in Uganda like the bat –eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal and cheetah. In this park you can meet prides of lion heard of elephants , buffalo, giraffe, eland, zebra and many more.

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