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Introduction

downtown kampala

downtown kampala

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Kampala is the capital and largest city in Uganda with a population of about 1.4 million. It is located in the central south of the country at an elevation of about 1200 meters and near Lake Victoria. Although African cities in general are not amongst the world's finest, Kampala is an attractive, lively and colourful city, with several ethnic groups to admire of which the Baganda are the largest with 60% of the total population. It is said to have been built on seven hills and every hill has its own features. There are good hotels and restaurants and most people visiting Uganda stay a day or two in Kampala at the beginning or end of their trip.

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Sights and Activities

Bahai Temple, Kampala

Bahai Temple, Kampala

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  • Uganda National Theatre
  • Bahai House of Worship is considered the Mother Temple of Africa of the Baha'i Faith. The temple is on the edges of Kampala located on Kikaya Hill. The building was designed by Charles Mason Remey who gave it the green dome that was constructed from mosaic tiles made in Italy. The lower tiles are from Belgium. and the colored glass in the wall panels came all the way from Germany. The temple grounds all include a great garden, house of worship and a guest house.
  • Markets and nightlife

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Weather

Kampala has a hot and humid tropical climate, with temperatures usually around 30 degrees Celcius or just below. The hottest month is February when temperatures occasionaly hit 35 C. The cooler period is from May to August when temperatures can drop below 15 degrees Celcius but it rarely get colder. March to May is the long rainy season, with April being the wettest month. A shorter and less wet period lasts from late October to early December.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max28.5 °C29.3 °C28.7 °C27.7 °C27.2 °C26.9 °C26.7 °C27.2 °C27.9 °C27.7 °C27.4 °C28 °C
Avg Min17.9 °C18.3 °C18.2 °C18.1 °C17.9 °C17.7 °C17.2 °C17 °C17.2 °C17.5 °C17.5 °C17.8 °C
Rainfall71 mm54 mm119 mm174 mm124 mm66 mm56 mm91 mm106 mm126 mm152 mm86 mm
Rain Days7812161387911151410

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Getting There

By Plane

International
Entebbe International Airport (EBB) near the capital Kampala serves many international destinations including Nairobi, Mombasa, Khartoum, Kilimanjaro/Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar with Air Uganda. Other airlines serving the country are mainly African airlines serving a number of destinations in East and Central Africa. South Africa Airways flies to Johannesburg, Brussels Airlines to Brussels, British Airways to London and KLM to Amsterdam. Eagle Air has many charter flights to lots of African countries only.
Domestic
Eagle Air probably has the most domestic flights, flying between Entebbe and most major towns. Several other smaller charter airlines have flights as well, including those to small airstrips in or near national parks.

By Bus

Many buses serve from Kampala to dozens of destinations in Uganda and beyond. There are regular buses to Nairobi and Kigali.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hotel RuchPlot 12 Kintu Road P.O. Box 6219 .Hotel76
International Youth Hostel UgandaWakaliga, on Namirembe - Natete Road at Protestant Medical Bureau Building NamirembeHostel74
Prestige ApartmentsPlot 9 Lumumba Avenue NakaseroApartment-
Sahel SuitesP.O Box 8662 Kampala Bunga Kawuku Lane, GabaGuesthouse81
Highway Motel EntebbePlot 4 Kampala-Entebbe Highway P.O.Box 521 KampalaHotel-
Mamba Point GuesthousePlot 22, Akii Bua Road P.O. Box 7815Guesthouse-
Metropole KampalaPlot 51/53, Windsor Crescent P.O.Box 7293Hotel-
Speke Resort and Conference CentreMunyonyoHotel-
ICU GuesthouseBazzekuketta Road, RubagaGuesthouse-
Etana MotelKampala BukoteHOTEL88
Manhattan Guesthouse439 Balintuma RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Bago Inn439 Balintuma Rd.GUESTHOUSE-
Elyon House KampalaMuwayire Road, Plot 7874, Block 244 KibuliAPARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be readily found in Kampala and Jinja. In most larger towns you'll find internet cafes running off of either VSATs or mobile phones. The Internet connection bandwidth is very low and can be frustrating for those who are used to a high speed internet connection.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Mobile phone network coverage is available in most parts of the country (over 80%), but geography can cause trouble in the mountainous regions. SIM cards are cheaply available everywhere in 'starter packs' but need to be registered before use. They make a good deal though, as prices for international data roaming are extremely high.

Mobile broadband (3G, HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA+) is available in several places. Airtel has mobile broadband available in larger places along Jinja Road. An example of price for mobile broadband on a phone through Airtel is UGX25,000 for 1GB traffic in one week.In the more rural areas, a slower (EDGE) connection might be available. Orange also offer mobile broadband. Other networks include MTN (the biggest in Uganda), Warid Telecom and Uganda Telecom.

Post

Posta Uganda offers reasonable services. Prices are not high, though it might not be the fastest company. Expect postcards and letters to take at least 7-10 days to Europe, longer to North America and Australia. Post offices are generally open from around 8:00-9:00am until late afternoon. If you want to send parcels overseas, it would be better to use companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, as they are competitively priced and also much faster.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 0.3133
  • Longitude: 32.57137

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