Kampala City is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering the Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria sited on the raised hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers inhabited by cultural diversification of Uganda, numerous activities, recreational grounds situated on a raised landmass hugged by the iconic inviting attractions that please a Muzungu to come and see as well enjoying holiday trips in the hospital home away from a real home
Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda full of gripping cultural diversification of Uganda, numerous activities, recreational grounds situated on a raised landmass hugged by the iconic inviting attractions that please a muzungu to come and see as well enjoying holiday trips in the hospital home away from a real home
The city is divided into five major divisions; Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division, and Lubaga Division. The city is coterminous with Kampala District. Surrounding Kampala is the rapidly growing Wakiso District, whose population more than doubled between 2002 and 2014 and now stands at over 2 million.
Kampala is famously recorded to be the 13th fastest growing city on the planet, with an annual population growth rate of 4.03 percent, by City Mayors. Due to its structures, way of life and the environmental conditions, It has been ranked the best city to live in East Africa ahead of Nairobi and Kigali by Mercer, a global development consulting agency based in New York City, U.S.
Historically, It is recorded that before the arrival of the British colonists, the Kabaka of Buganda had chosen the zone that would become Kampala as a hunting reserve. This area was composed of rolling hills with grassy wetlands in the valleys, was home to several species of antelope, particularly impala.
That when the British arrived, they called it ‘Hills of the Impala’. The language of the Buganda, Luganda, adopted many English words because of their interactions with the British. The Buganda translated ‘Hill of the Impala’ as Akasozi ke’Empala – “Kasozi” meaning “hill”, “ke” meaning “of”, and “empala” the plural of “impala”.
In Luganda, the words “ka’mpala” mean “that is of the impala”, in reference to a hill, and the single word ‘Kampala’ was adopted as the name for the city that grew out of the Kabaka’s hills. The city grew as the capital of the Buganda kingdom, from which several buildings are put in place, including the Kasubi Tombs built in 1881, the Lubiri Palace, the Buganda Parliament and the Buganda Court of Justice.
What to do and See in Kampala City Uganda/ City tour excursions
- Tour the Buganda Kasubi Royal Toms
- The ethnological Uganda Museum
- Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga on Lubaga Hill
- Uganda National Mosque on Kampala City Hill
- Other places to visit and see in Kampala
Tour the Buganda Kasubi Royal Toms
The kasubi tombs are globally known to be Buganda’s royal tombs with the most remarkable buildings made of purely vegetal materials in the entire region of sub-Saharan Africa, Situated in on one of the seven hills of Kampala, the ancient place is recognised to be a hystorical important spiritual and political burial site for Buganda Kabaka’s, Recently it holds the remains to the four royal kings of Buganda entitled as “kabaka”, the place forms a reputable an iconic traditional architecture in the Region.
As you listen stories about this magical place, have a momment to understand the history about this memorable place, major buildings were set to fire by unknown introoders in march 2010, the kasubi tombs sit to relax on a sized landmass of about 26 hectares on the great hill of kasubi hill northwest of Kampala city with borders still marked with bark cloth trees.
The ethnological Uganda Museum
The Uganda Museum offers the best alluring place to learn and experience the natural historical traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage ranging from unique native locals just as they socially lived 50 years ago. Have a look, feel and a chance to learn another way of living on the country side.
The Uganda Museum is the oldest museum in East Africa, it came to existance in the 1908 years back, the museum is a collection of various playable traditional musical instruments arranged by the locals like the Traditional wooden stools from across the country,traditional wears for local ceremonies like Kanjju and Gomesi, Hunting equipments that reminds you the stone age era, weaponry, entomology and archaeology
Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga on Lubaga Hill
Step in one of the famous oldest Roman catholic diocese still existing in Uganda, it’s sometimes refered as the “Rubaga cathedral” by the locals, this is an iconic home to all the cathedrals of the Roman Catholic Archiodecese of kampala situatd on Lubaga Hill, in Lubaga Division in Kampala City.
Drive heading western part of Kampala just about 3 Kilometres from the main heart of Kampala the largest city in East Africa. Explore the honory memorable place where the reamins of the late Arcbishop Joseph Kiwanka were laid an put to rest on februray 22nd 1966, the late was credited in his time as the first African Archbishop of Kampala Diocese.
Uganda National Mosque on Kampala City Hill
Uganda National Mosque is the Countrys biggest worshipping place for mosle,s located at the hill pointint to Old kampala area, this horrifying architecture was designed and put in place in 2006 under the sponsored commission of the late president of libya Col. Muammar Gaddafi, this was the lates tribute to the muslim natives, it sits averagely 15,000 worshipers and 1,100 being accomodated in the gallery
Other places to visit and see in Kampala
The main campus of Makerere University is in the Makerere Hill area of the city, Bahai temple House of Worship, the Ugandan National Theatre, Nakasero Market, St. Balikuddembe Market (formerly Owino Market), Entebbe International Airport, Boda-bodas (local motorbike transport), among others.