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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.



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



Events and Festivals

Amakula Kampala International Film Festival

Also known as the Amakula Kampala Cinema Caravan Festival, this festival moves around the country over a course of four months, from the beginning of September to the end of November. It showcases both old and new films that feature themes of independence and fall under one of five platforms, which include African Panorama, Highlights and Tributes, Regional Views, Landmarks and Contemporary World Cinema. It also offers workshops on film training and creating soundtracks for silent films.

Bayimba International Festival of Music and Arts

Each September, this popular three-day festival takes place at the Uganda National Theatre in Kampala’s city centre. The festival focuses on arts and culture in Uganda and is a must for all visitors hoping to learn more about the music and art scene of the country. This festival has grown to become the country’s number one festival, in which Kampala truly comes to life. The festival brings music, film, dance, theater, and visual arts together under one roof, and showcase not only local artists but those from other East African counties as well.

Nile Gold Jazz Safari

This one-day event happens each October in Kampala and features some incredible jazz played by musicians from all over the world. Each year there is a new list of performers, but one thing that is consistent is that the music is always fantastic. Saxophones, bass guitars, drums, keyboards and pianos play to a growing audience of Ugandan jazz lovers, and of course visitors are always welcome.

This Is Uganda

This annual festival is to showcase the diverse cultures throughout Uganda through art, music, poetry and dance, with an emphasis on female artists. Each December thousands come to Kampala’s Kyandondo Rugby Club to watch some phenomenal live performances. The festival also has a lounge area where festival goers can socialize, as well as booths that promote woman’s rights, education and HIV/AIDS awareness.




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.

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



Getting There

By Plane

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.
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.





Hotel RuchPlot 12 Kintu Road P.O. Box 6219 .Hotel78
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, GabaGuesthouse78
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-



Keep Connected


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.


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.


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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  • Longitude: 32.57137


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