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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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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.
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.
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 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 Max||28.5 °C||29.3 °C||28.7 °C||27.7 °C||27.2 °C||26.9 °C||26.7 °C||27.2 °C||27.9 °C||27.7 °C||27.4 °C||28 °C|
|Avg Min||17.9 °C||18.3 °C||18.2 °C||18.1 °C||17.9 °C||17.7 °C||17.2 °C||17 °C||17.2 °C||17.5 °C||17.5 °C||17.8 °C|
|Rainfall||71 mm||54 mm||119 mm||174 mm||124 mm||66 mm||56 mm||91 mm||106 mm||126 mm||152 mm||86 mm|
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.
|Hotel Ruch||Plot 12 Kintu Road P.O. Box 6219 .||Hotel||78|
|International Youth Hostel Uganda||Wakaliga, on Namirembe - Natete Road at Protestant Medical Bureau Building Namirembe||Hostel||74|
|Prestige Apartments||Plot 9 Lumumba Avenue Nakasero||Apartment||-|
|Sahel Suites||P.O Box 8662 Kampala Bunga Kawuku Lane, Gaba||Guesthouse||78|
|Highway Motel Entebbe||Plot 4 Kampala-Entebbe Highway P.O.Box 521 Kampala||Hotel||-|
|Mamba Point Guesthouse||Plot 22, Akii Bua Road P.O. Box 7815||Guesthouse||-|
|Metropole Kampala||Plot 51/53, Windsor Crescent P.O.Box 7293||Hotel||-|
|Speke Resort and Conference Centre||Munyonyo||Hotel||-|
|ICU Guesthouse||Bazzekuketta Road, Rubaga||Guesthouse||-|
|Etana Motel||Kampala Bukote||HOTEL||88|
|Manhattan Guesthouse||439 Balintuma Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bago Inn||439 Balintuma Rd.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Elyon House Kampala||Muwayire Road, Plot 7874, Block 244 Kibuli||APARTMENT||-|
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.
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