Kampala Refugee Community Tour

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2 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Learn about Uganda’s social issues through the personal stories of struggle and success from East African refugees
  • Visit YARID, a local NGO, to see what programs are supporting and empowering the refugee community
  • Explore the streets of Kampala, visiting local attractions like the Nakasero and Owino markets
  • Make a royal visitation at Lubiri Palace to learn about one of the oldest Ugandan kingdoms
  • See Uganda’s only skyscraper mosque, the Gaddafi National Mosque, that seats an impressive 15,000 worshipers
Visit the Lubiri Palace to get a look back at Uganda’s royal history and visit a number of local attractions including the Nakasero Markets and Uganda National Mosque.
What to Expect
On this community Kampala tour, you’ll get a look into the difficult lives of East African refugees. At the heart of refugee support is YARID – Young African Refugees Integral Development – an Ugandan NGO focused on education and empowerment in Kampala’s refugee community. The first stop is at YARID’s newest development program, the Nsambya-YARID center, a vocational training center for women. Here, you will learn why women are among the most vulnerable refugees and how YARID is working to support refugee communities through job training, peer counseling, and entrepreneurship workshops. 

From there, the tour will continue walking tour through the streets of Kampala to get a snapshot of local life by visiting the Nakasero markets, Old Taxi Park, Hindu temple as well as the Owino market. The walk will take you to the main YARID center - the site of their main development programs in literacy, computer literacy, and microfinance. You will meet with local refugees and hear their personal stories about why they left, what life is like in Uganda, and whether they plan to repatriate. 

To understand the historical development of Uganda, you will take a van to Lubiri Palace to learn about the formation of the Buganda Kingdom, one of the oldest in Ugandan history. Official residence to the king of Buganda, this majestic colonial palace at the peak of Bulange hill is a prime example of traditional royal architecture. From the King’s parliament, you visit Uganda National Mosque. Formerly known as Gaddafi National Mosque, this 15,000 seat skyscraper mosque was commissioned by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya as a gift to the Ugandan Muslims.     

The Kampala walking tour concludes with a final debriefing on current local issues and a chance to ask your local guide for recommendations of other interesting places to check out in Kampala.          
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
What's Not Included
  • Food, drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
Meeting Point

Plot 11 Portal Avenue, Adam House, Kampala. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Please leave your valuables at home or at your hotel.
• Children below the age of 10 are not permitted on this tour.

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Product ID: 48301