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About the guru Arthur
I'm Arthur - my friends call me Zaasa. I was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. I have had the opportunity to live in a different country for a year, and to travel to different global destinations over the years. From the experiences I had and the people I met on these travels, I was inspired to find ways of sharing the best bits of day-to-day life in Uganda's main cities (... More »
I'm Arthur - my friends call me Zaasa. I was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. I have had the opportunity to live in a different country for a year, and to travel to different global destinations over the years. From the experiences I had and the people I met on these travels, I was inspired to find ways of sharing the best bits of day-to-day life in Uganda's main cities (Kampala, Jinja, Entebbe) with guests that are visiting Uganda. I founded Immersionug with a group of friends: We are a team of young people that are passionate about our country and want to share the awesome aspects of Uganda like our food, our hospitality, our diverse culture and nature with visitors that seek a taste of local day to day experiences. I worked for eight years in Uganda's leading brewery and the home of our best known beer, Nile Special, and I am a beer enthusiast. I have hosted countless house parties, boat cruises and I am always hanging out with friends on the weekends. I have also hosted countless visitors to Uganda in my home via couch surfing and have hang out with guests on many occasions. I have visited most of the capitals in Western Europe and spent a year in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am excited to be able to share many of my favourite activities in Uganda's cities, with other like minded visitors.
About the tour
Join this shared group tour and together with other travellers and get a fun and informative introduction to Kampala and the spirit of it's people.
We start off bright and early 9:00am at the Crafts Market on Buganda road where you have a chance to meet our guide and other travellers. We will provide you with a briefing on the experience as well as some do's and don'ts while on tour.
The first one and a half hours are spent visiting the historical monuments and noteworthy government buildings in up-town Kampala. These include:
1.World Wars Memorial
2. Independence Monument
3.Statue of Leadership
4.General Post Office,
5.Nakasero Hindu Temple
We stop for a toilet break at a popular local cafe close to the central post office. You can also grab a coffee or water to go before we continue with the tour
The second half of the tour (also one and a half hours) covers markets and hubs of activity including:
6. Nakasero produce market
7. Nakasero herbs and spice market
8. Old taxi park,
9. Owino flea market,
10. Fabric shops
There are lots of opportunities to try street food and fresh fruit and to get great bargains on spices and fabrics.
Finally, we return to the starting point where you can browse or shop for authentic souvenirs and crafts.
OPTIONAL: We provide the option to continue on to the Gadaffi National Mosque at the end of the tour (very popular but paid city attraction - 2 additional hours). Should you opt for this, we request that each guest carries 40,000UGX (approx 10$) to cover admission fees at the mosque for themselves and the guide, as well as travel by boda to and from the mosque. If you are not keen on bodas, no worries, we are happy to walk (added 25 minutes of walking each way).
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