Kampala city

KAMPALA CITY

Kampala City is the capital city and the largest city in Uganda bordering Lake Victoria. Kampala lies on several hills which makes it a beautiful city. It was selected in 1890 by Captain Fredrick Lugard as the headquarters of the imperial British East Africa Company and his fort on old Kampala hill remained the Ugandan colonial administrative headquarters until when they were moved to Entebbe in 1905. Kampala has been an independent capital of Uganda since 1962 when Uganda got independence with a lot of attractions

Tourist attractions

Uganda museum

The Uganda museum established in 1908 displays Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural historical exhibitions which remind the country of the wonderful memories and the colorful past. It also features a collection of traditional musical instruments.

Bahai temple

Bahai temple in Uganda is called Mashriqu’I – Adhkar meaning the dawning place of the praise of God. The temple is a house of worship with people who can help you about the questions regarding the temple. It also offers beautiful grounds for photographic opportunities and various spots to sit meditate and relax. The interior of the temple is much respected and taking photos inside the temple is not allowed. It opens daily between 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday services are normally at 10:30am.

Uganda martyrs catholic shrine namugongo

The Uganda martyrs catholic shrine is one of the largest Christian pilgrimage destination dedicated to the 22 Christians that were executed between 31st January 1885 and January 27th 1887 on orders of Kabaka Mwanga II the then King of Buganda kingdom where the 13 were burnt to death at namugongo and the nine in other different places. From 1915, the remains were stored at the Archbishop’s chapel, then in 1964 taken to Rome for the canonization ceremony. When the current Martyrs Shrine was built, part of these relics was returned to Namugongo for veneration. The relic hangs in a glass at the front of the Altar in the Shrine.

An annual celebration is held on 3rd June which the Ugandan government declared a public holiday in commemoration for the first Christian martyrs and of which this act was passed in the 1964 by the universal Catholic Church. The annual celebration attracts a large number of people who come from different areas. The total number of martyrs was 45 who were brutally killed for refusing to abandon their faith where the 23 were Anglicans and the 22 were Christians

Craft markets

There are some permanent locations of the crafts markets for example the crafts village behind the national theater and the crafts center on Buganda road where some are weekly and  others are monthly where you can even ask the artists to make something specially for you. These craft villages are very colorful and they sell vibrant crafts like paintings, pottery, jewelry, prints, baskets and other kinds of things

Kasubi tombs

Kasubi tombs is the burial site for Kings and the people from the royal family of Buganda kingdom. The tombs give an impression of a rural village with the grass thatched hut that was originally built for Kabaka Mutesa I in 1882 as a palace and turned into a burial site after his death two years later.

Uganda national cultural center

This is commonly known as national theatre which always has bars and restaurants, nightly outdoor events like jam sessions, drumming and comedy nights. It also normally has a lineup of great live music, film, dance and drama in the auditorium

Shopping centers

Kampala has a variety of shopping centers for example Acacia mall, lugogo forest mall, kingdom Kampala, freedom city mall, village mall, Kampala boulevard, capital shoppers city, ham towers and shopping mall, ntinda complex, senana shopping centre among others, monuments, Nakasero market etc.

Economy

Kampala – Uganda exports coffee, tea, cotton sugar and tobacco as the main exports but  it also exports vanilla, vegetables hides, skins , cut flowers and fish but still growing. Uganda has numerous foods cause it prosperous in the agricultural section. Uganda is blessed with natural resources like ample fertile land, regular rainfall and mineral deposits.

Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa because it is blessed with nature because of its landscape and wildlife, tourism is important in Uganda’s economy highly supported by the government. Companies sell products to tourists for example art, crafts traditional attires among others.

Transport means

Uganda’s international airport is in Entebbe known as Entebbe international airport whish situates on the northern shores of Lake Victoria south of Kampala

Public transport in Uganda include boda bodas which are motorcycles used for short distances, Taxis, buses which carry a big number of people where there are pioneers that go around the different parts of Kampala and they park along Kampala road opposite Mappera house and they are other buses that are used for distant places where the company buses make tickets with prices on them for example global coaches and other buses that operate the different parts  of western Uganda and some cross the border to Rwanda. Then there are other buses that operate the eastern and the northern Uganda and the carry around 50 to 69 people capacity.

Special hires that are also known as taxis are the best pick of public transport. The special hire is the most reliable means of transport, close to private car. You can determine their direction, you agree on the price before departure, they are knowledgeable of the routes so they can dodge the traffic jam in towns

Kampala is the hub of the nation’s road network and lies on the railway from Kasese to Mombasa – Kenya where it operates from Kampala to Malaba Kenya transporting goods. It is served in transportation by port bell on Lake Victoria.

For transportation there are domestic flights heading to some wildlife destinations like bugungu airstrip, chobe and pakuba airstrip serving Murchison falls, kajjansi airstrip in Entebbe, kihihi, kisumu, kisoro and semuliki serving the western Uganda.Driving in Uganda is on the left hand side of the road

Food and beverages

Food in Uganda consists of traditional and modern cooking styles with different foods and dishes. Most main dishes in Uganda are centered with sauce, stew, beans, meat, ground nuts among others traditionally. Plantains are common which are steamed, posho which is a known as Kawunga that is normally maize meal where the maize flour is added into the saucepan and stirred boiling water until it consistent and firm. Chapattis are also common in Uganda which is Asian flat bread.

There are different cuisines in the hotels around but most tribes in Uganda have their own specialty dish. Groundnuts are commonly eaten either plain or with smoked fish or smoked meat or mushrooms and can also be mixed with greens. Sim sim is a staple food in the north which is roasted sesame mixed with stew of beans or greens served as a side dish, Kikomando which is chappati that is cut into pieces and served with fried beans. Malewa is the traditional dish for the eastern Uganda Bagisu and luwombo traditional dish for the people in the central Uganda the Baganda. Amaranth known as dodo locally, nakati, and borr are either boiled as side dishes or boiled in the stews.

Tea and coffee are common beverages and they can be served in English style or spiced, coca cola, fanta, pepsi, minute maid among others are the common soft drinks. There are some alcoholic drinks like tonto made from fermented bananas, banana wine, malwa, and many others. Distilled alcoholic drinks like Uganda waragi are also common.  There are also commercial brewed beers like tusker, nile, club among others.

Currency

Uganda uses Ugandan shillings and the monetary policy is controlled by the Bank of Uganda.

Languages

The official language in Uganda is English and the educated Ugandans are fluent in English while the local people speak the local language depending on their place of origin for example in central luganda is commonly used and the western Uganda languages commonly used by the locals are runyankole, rukiga and rufumbira. Uganda has people who can use Swahili and other languages.

Climate

Uganda is a tropical country with higher temperatures at lower altitudes the western Uganda is cooler generally and the north during day time is extremely hot. Day temperatures around in Kampala are normally warm with cool evenings.

Religion

Uganda has many religions and people believing in different religions. The majority Ugandans are Christians of the Roman Catholics and the Anglicans. There is another number of Muslims and the believers we call born agains and also we have the minority non believers.