Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is spread over ten hills and derives its name from Kasozi k’empala, “the hill of antelopes” The origins of the city go back to 1891 when the Kabaka (king) of Buganda had his court on Mengo hill. It grew to municipal status in 1950 and became a city in 1962.
Today, as you stand on the hills, the city provides magnificent ever green view gently disrupted by red-tiled villas, green iron-roofed bungalows, as well as taller modern city profiles that give way to attractive views of the surrounding countryside and nearby Lake Victoria. The city has retained its traditional charm, and remains the greenest in Africa.
Kampala is the heart of Uganda, the center of commercial life the seat of the government. It is a vibrant modern metropolis adorned with gardens and parks providing colourful oases for its citizens and visitors alike.
Within Kampala, there are many hotels including luxury hotel facilities with state-of-the-art conference facilities, to offer budget hotels and other accommodation lodging that cater for the more budget-minded. From USD10 (per night) you can get a good number of hotels to choose from for your stay in Kampala.
The broad range of cultures in Uganda is also reflected in the wide choice of restaurants in the city, all featuring the wonderful produce of our fertile countryside and fish-filled lakes.
By air: 40 km from Entebbe International Airport.
By road: a network of modern tarred roads feed the capital from different border posts.
By rail: Kampala is linked with Kenya by rail.
By lake: A cargo steamer service links Port Bell with Mwanza in.