As an agreeable place to visit -whether on business or vacation – the Ugandan capital, Kampala, Is hard to beat.
Located about 35 km from Entebbe International Airport, the city has a delightful climate with a daytime temperature of about 20°C all year round and just enough rain to maintain the green and lush splendour of its trees and parks.
In terms of architecture, the finest examples are to be found in the vicinity of the Parliament Building, while Kampala’s most desirable suburb is probably Kololo, home to the venerable Uganda Golf Club.
Kampala has a bussing nightlife with a range of lively bars to match. There is a fine selection of Ugandan lagers and ales, considered by many to be the best in Africa. Topping the list of ‘must sample’ beers is the heady brew Nile Special.
WHERE TO STAY
Protea Hotel Kampala
A favourite spot for business visitors.
A good place for business or romance with an exceptional restaurant.
Le Petit Village
As its name suggests, small and perfectly formed.
Great-value business hotel.
For those with generous expense accounts.
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
Tel: +256 (0)414 254 852
Authentic Thai restaurant in Kololo
Tel +256 (0)414 258 448
Upmarket Italian cuisine. A hidden gem.
Tel: +256 (0)794 010 101
Popular arts and events venue in an old house with a lovely garden.
Tel: +256 (0)414 255 049
For Indian food in a delightful setting.
Spur Silver City
Tel: +256 (0)414 565 500
Top value steak and ribs. But is it as good as Spur Nairobi? The jury is still out.
Worth a visit…
On a hillside overlooking Kampala, visitors will find the Tombs of the Buganda Kings at Kasubi, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. The tombs are located on a 30 acre site, at the centre of which stands the former palace of the Kabakas (Kings) of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into a royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular with a domed roof.
Located to the west of the city is Lubiri, the royal compound of the Kabaka (King) of Buganda. This was one of the oldest kingdoms in Africa, dating back to the late 13th century.
Kampala is blessed with two cathedrals, one Anglican (Namirembe) and the other Roman Catholic (Rubaga).
Uganda’s oldest craft shop has been working with disadvantaged people since the early 1908s. This is the place to look for baskets, musical instruments, jewellery, batik work, carvings and barkcloth items.
Located in Old Kampala and still comparatively new, this impressive building can accommodate 5,000 worshippers in the main area plus 1,100 in the gallery and a further 3,500 on the terrace. The mosque was a gift from the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.