Being found in the center of Kampala makes our location a jumping-off point for anyone who wishes to dip into the deep reservoir of Uganda’s many cultural sites.
Once you have explored all the city has to offer, step inside Speke hotel for a warm welcome and a rich heritage of captivating stories. Of all fascinating tales it has to tell, Speke Hotel is probably best known for being named after the British explorer, John Hanning Speke, who discovered ‘The source of River Nile’ in July 1858. Built in the 1920s colonial era, Speke Hotel is the first and oldest hotel in Uganda. Despite having gone through numerous renovations since then, it has nevertheless maintained its colonial ambience.
Visit the only Baha’i Temple on the African continent. It is located on Kikaaya Hill, only 1.8 miles away from our hotel. The temple attracts the Baha’i community from all over world and is open to the curious visitor who is not of this faith. Its well-manicured lawns, stately architecture and self-sufficiency makes it like a little city within a city. And thereby recalls scripture in Matthew 5:14 where Jesus tells his listeners, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."
Only 1.3 miles away from our hotel, Uganda Museum is part address and part matrix of Uganda’s collective history and cultural heritage. To the inquiring mind, it’s a repository of artifacts which date back thousands of years, the first Ugandan president’s 1925 Ford Model T and a library with multiple troves on historical, cultural, scientific and artistic subjects that shed light on Uganda’s past.
This monument to Uganda’s independence is found on Speke Road and features a man unwrapping and holding a child to the infinite vastness of the skies. It’s a powerful statue which recalls an iconic scene out of the classic miniseries “Roots” where a baby is held to the sky as its father says, “Behold the only thing greater than yourself.”