Kampala City is the capital of Uganda and is one of the fast-growing cities in Africa whereby it has attracted quite a number of travelers to come and enjoy the nice scenes of the city.
The largest and capital city that is located in the heart of the Republic of Uganda. The city is located in the sub-section of Wakiso district, holding insights of over seven hills that is to say Mengo, Kololo, Nakasero, Namirembe, Old Kampala, Rubaga and Makerere. The city also comprises of divisions that include Rubaga, Kampala Central, Nakawa, Makindye, and Kawempe.
The history of Kampala is based on the geo-location of the area that is traced back in the days of the colonial masters (British) that arrived in the Buganda Kingdom in the era of Mutesa I as the king at the time. The area at the time was occupied by the African antelopes with ridged horn known as the Impala. On the arrival of the colonialists, they named the area as the “hill of Impala”. This later developed into the occupied Old Kampala that turned out to be Kampala the city of Uganda.
The city is covered with an area of 68 sq mi land and 5 sq mi water with an elevation of 1,190m (3,900 ft). It is bordered with one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world that is Lake Victoria in the south. Kampala is among the fifteen fast-growing cities in the world with an annual growth rate of 4.03 percent. It accommodates a population of 1,650,800 that works daily and partly lives in the city. The buildings in the city stage back from the Asian style of architectural design to new or modern buildings.
The city is governed under the authority and the political leadership that governs its daily activities and regularities. The authority known as the Kampala City Council Authority is a corporate body with perpetual succession. It administers the capital city on behalf of the central government subject to administrative divisions. The political leadership contains the ministers for the Kampala city council and deals with metropolitan affairs.
Major Attractions in Kampala
Lake Victoria: On reaching Kampala, one of the eye-catching spectacular sceneries is the fresh water lake bordering Kampala city in the south and its one of the great lakes of Africa, the second largest in the world. Commonly known as Lake Nyanza it is surrounded by a large number of tourist attractions that is to say the fishing landing sites on its shores. It is the source of the River Nile which is another attraction in the city.
Namirembe Cathedral: Built-in 1890 by the church missionaries, the Saints Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe is the oldest cathedral in Uganda serving as the provincial cathedral of the church of Uganda and the diocese cathedral of Namirembe diocese. It is located on one of the hills of Kampala that is Namirembe hill. The architectural structure of the cathedral is such a wonder never to be missed on a visit to the city well as the noise-free environment good for a picnic, meetings with friends.
The Uganda museum: Located along Kira road on plot 5 and 4 kilometers from Kampala City, the Uganda Museum is a place that holds Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can have a glimpse of the ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a reminder of the country’s colorful past. Anybody desiring to learn more of Uganda’s past, the museum welcomes you. The place is good for holding parties in its backyard and it’s open for everyone in the working hours.
The Uganda National Mosque: The largest mosque in Uganda built and completed in 2006 by the government of Libya under the leadership of Late President Muammar Gadhaffi. This was given to the Muslim population of Uganda as a gift from him. The mosque is located on top of Old Kampala hill with the capability of accommodating 25000 followers of Allah. The structure is so massive that a tourist is able to have the scenery of all Kampala hills in a 360-degree view from its highest towers.
The Bahai Temple: About 4 miles from Kampala city, holds the majestic piece of art that bases on Kikaya hill. The Bahai temple is one of the largest temples in Africa under the Bahai faith. This attracting structure has a diameter of 84 feet and the seating capacity is over 600. The place is so peaceful and good for picnics and the scenery of flowers that give it a depictive view. The place is open for anyone who wants to have a great experience with a quiet surrounding.
Other places to visit in Kampala include Bulange and Lubiri, Craft markets, Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Rubaga Cathedral.
Activities carried out in Kampala
A lot of activities happen in Kampala and the easiest mode of transport is the motorbike taxi commonly known as the Boda Boda. These machines will get you anywhere at any given time from the uptown to downtown.
The old and new taxi parks: Immediately reaching the city, the place that welcomes you is the old and new taxi parks. These are located in the downtown of the city accommodating more than 500 taxis that operate in the transportation network of Uganda and Kampala in particular.
The large number of arcades, complex and plazas that are opened and others still under construction that welcomes you. These structures can contain anything you feel like purchasing starting from the clothes, food, and gadgets that fill up the streets of Kampala city. For the uptown side, we got you sorted with the malls around, for example, Acacia mall along Acacia avenue, Garden city, Victoria mall.
For music, dance and drama, the existence of the Uganda National Cultural Centre commonly known as the National Theatre have a lineup of great live music and film, dance and drama in the auditorium.
Other places to experience like never before including the Ndere Troupe located in Ntinda, Owino market, Wandegeya market.
There are quite a number of accommodation facilities that can be used by different travelers that visit Kampala and also by its residents.
Sheraton Kampala Hotel: This upscale hotel in central Kampala is a 15-minute walk from the Nakasero market in the city. It is a 4-star hotel with stylish rooms, free WiFi, plus dining options including a Tandoori grill and English pub. There is also a gym, an outdoor pool, and a tennis court. A 24-hour airport shuttle is provided for a fee.
Kampala Serena Hotel: Located in Kampala with a number of services, for example, offering an outdoor and a restaurant, free WiFi access plus a peaceful and good environment, this is one of the closest places in town. Other facilities include a fitness center, a tour desk, and luggage storage. The rooms are luxurious and security is guaranteed.
Hilton Garden Inn Kampala: The place provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, and a bar. The property features city views, an outdoor pool and free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Mestil Hotel and Residences: The hotel provides free private parking, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. Each accommodation at the four-star hotel has garden views, and guests can enjoy access to a bar and to a garden. It features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
There is also a number of pet-friendly hotels that include Izera serviced suites, Amari comfort homes, and Perl Cottages.
Travelers can sleep at these hotels as a kick start to there Uganda tours to different National Parks in Uganda like Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and other tour destinations in Uganda.
Best time to visit Kampala
The best time to visit Kampala for ideal weather are May to August or December to January. May contains the highest humidity and has more chances of rain and January, July and August record a few chances of rainfall holding the least humidity in the area.