Kampala, The City of Seven Hills is the capital metropolis of Uganda and, by far, the country’s biggest conurbation and sole genuine city. It is located in the South Central region, close Lake Victoria.
Kampala, Uganda’s capital and biggest city, with a population of around 2.5 million people. Although it is a smaller metropolis with less suburban expansion than Nairobi or Lagos, traffic congestion and pollution may be just as terrible. Plan your days carefully if you are traveling around the city to avoid spending several hours stuck in traffic.
Uganda, being a beneficiary of significant sums of Western assistance, is home to a great number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Because the majority of those NGOs are situated in Kampala, the city has a well-established expat community.
The people of Kampala, and Ugandans in general, are highly warm, accessible, and kind. Even at night, Kampala seems secure to wander about, which is a nice relief for many a high-strung guest coming from Nairobi.
On a Sunday morning, when the streets are largely empty in stark contrast to other days, to cruise around the city on a boda-boda, get a feel for the different parts of the city, and see a lot of stuff in a short amount of time, such as the docks, beaches, and fish markets at Ggaba or Port Bell, all the wonderful hills with great views and nice buildings on top, and the extreme contrasts between different neighbourhoods. Use a driver that is familiar with the area where you are staying and have them arrange you an additional helmet.
Because significant portions of Uganda are ideal for agricultural, Kampala offers a plethora of big and diversified food and farm markets. Traditional handcrafted tools, as well as arts and crafts, are popular. There are, nevertheless, some huge western-style malls and supermarkets (e.g. Shoprite from South Africa., Tuskys from Kenya, and Nakumatt from Kenya). If you’re looking for gifts, visit the Exposure Africa Crafts Village on Buganda Road or the somewhat bigger Uganda Arts & Crafts Village behind the National Theatre, close to the Garden City complex. If you need garments stitched, there are a number of tailors on Buganda Road, across the street from the artisan market. If you’re bored of shopping, the (upscale) café 1000 Cups of Coffee is a popular Mzungu hangout.