Welcome to Kampala city, a city of it’s own in East Africa. Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and it is in this city you find all the cultural, religious, museum, universities, hotels, theatres, shopping malls, churches and cathedrals of Uganda. When you plan for your safari to Uganda do not miss to take the amazing day or night Kampala city tour.
When you travel to Uganda you will have to arrive at the Entebbe International Airport, and if you have a tour operator taking care of your safari definitely you will find company representative waiting for you at the airport and if you are on your private travel you can easily Airport tax from the Airport to your hotel either in Entebbe or Kampala. The drive from Entebbe to Kampala it is about 45 minutes without traffic but with traffic it approximately 1 hour, and in about 4 km at Najjanankumbi a suburb of Kampala you can have a clear view of the city.
Kampala city sits on over 7 hills which include the Rubaga, Namirembe, Old Kampala, Mengo, Makerere, Nakasero and Kibuli and what is so unique each of the hill sits churches, schools and hotels and offering a beautiful view of the Kampala city. Today the Kampala City Council Authority under the tourism department has come up with the possible means of visiting Kampala and now if you are in Kampala to take a Kampala city tour there is a modern bus.
While on your day Kampala city tour here are tourist attractions to visit and you can start from the Kings Palace and here you can visit the Buganda Parliament, Amin’s torture chambers, Kabaka’s man made Lake, Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum, Makerere Art Gallery, Baha’i Temple, Namugongo Shrine, Uganda National Theater, Uganda Parliament and the historical land marks like Independence monument found near the perimeter fence of Sheraton Hotel among others.
On your visit to Kampala, there is several hotels to stay which include Luxury, Mid-range and Budget Hotels and among the budget you can stay in Guest Houses or Motels. Among luxury hotels include the Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Serena Hotel Kampala, Imperial Hotels (Grand and Royale), Golf Course Hotel, Protea Hotel, Speke Hotel. All these mentioned are found in the heart of Kampala and you can stay in a room of your category and all have gardens where you can relax when you are tired the indoor environment.
Mid-range Hotels in Kampala include the Hotel Africana, Metropole Hotel, City Blue Hotel, Emin Pasha Hotel, Tulip Court Hotel, Far Way Hotel, Humura Hotel, Cassia Lodge among others and you can book your hotel in advance. Then budget hotels include the Namirembe Guest House that is located at the Namirembe hill and on your stay at this hotel you can have a clear view of the city and when it comes at night different lights of Kampala can be spotted.
If you want to spend your Sunday in Church there is several churches that you can visit, for the Anglican you can go to Namirembe Church, Kampala All Saints, Catholics go to the Rubaga Cathedral, Christ the King among others and then Moslem you can either go to Kibuli Mosque or Gadafi National Mosque at old Kampala, and this one has been ranked among the Kampala tourist attractions. Then if you want to go to the born again churches you can either go to Kampala Miracle Center – Rubaga, Kampala Pentecostal Church among others.
Kampala at Night becomes so interesting as there is so much hangout places that you can spend time with friends. For corporate you can hangout at clubs like Guvnor, Slick, Ngenoir, Ambiance and other places exits for the local people that they visit to buzz.
How to travel to and in Kampala is so simple and if you are from overseas you can come by airplane and land at Entebbe Airport and then take private Airport tax to Kampala. Then from districts nearing Kampala you can come with the public buses, Matatu or Boda Boda. More so if you want to drive your self around Kampala you can rent private car from several car rental agencies in Kampala.
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Kampala city has several local craft markets where tourists can visit to buy African souvenirs after their safaris to take back home and among them include the Uganda National Theater and along Buganda Road. After you can visit the local markets offering the fresh fruits and these include the Nakasero and Owino market and much more fresh fruits are found.
Tourist Places to Visit in Kampala
- Kabaka Lake
This is a man made Lake that is managed by the Buganda Kingdom government and it was formed by the Lake King Mwanga. His plan was to connect this into Lake Victoria at Munyonyo. This Lake is found in Ndeeba town a suburb of Kampala in Rubaga division. The Lake is a birding hub spot for birders in Uganda and also during the Buganda tourism events competitions like Boat rides take place open by the Buganda King, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. The Buganda government has a plan to modernize this place to meet the international level and a moving hotel will be opened in future.
- Kabaka Palace
- Kasubi Tombs
- Uganda Museum
- Uganda National Theater
- Baha’i Temple
- Makerere University
- Land Marks & Monuments
- Local Markets (Crafts & Groceries)
- Cathedrals & Mosques
- Green Covers (City Square & Centenary Park)
- Namugongo Shrine
Kampala is bordering with 2 districts which include Mukono and Wakiso and they also offer tourist places that you can visit while on your visit to Kampala. Jinja is also not so far from Kampala it is 80 km and most of the visitors in Kampala visit this region for it’s interesting tourist activities like White water rafting, bungee jumping and boat ride along the River Nile. To be Continued…………