Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is spread over a number of hills and takes its name from Kasozi k’impala, “the hill of antelopes”. The city grew around the court of the Kabaka of Buganda. British officials as well as Indian merchants settled on the adjoining hills and so the city’s expansion on its distinct green hills has continued. Kampala remains the heart of Uganda, the center of commercial life and the seat of Government.
It is a charming, green city spread out on several hills, with its many gardens and attractive views of the surrounding countryside and Lake Victoria. Hotel facilities range from good international standard hotels, with conference facilities, to accommodation for the more budget-minded. There is also a good choice of restaurants. A tour of Kampala might include the following sights:
The Kasubi Tombs – the traditional royal tombs of the Kabakas of Buganda – are a fine example of Ganda architecture; The National Theatre, opened in 1959, offers a variety of plays in English and local languages; The Parliament Building is a symbol of the country’s independence; Makerere University is the oldest and most prestigious university in East Africa; The Uganda Museum has a display of Uganda’s cultural heritage and a fascinating collection of musical instruments.
And do not miss the colorful markets, especially the Nakasero fruit and vegetable market, the Owino general goods market and the crafts market.