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The Historical city of Kampala

Kampala City is both the largest city and the capital city of Uganda and a thriving beacon of development and cultural warmth. 

 

Ranked the best City to live in East Africa outranking other renowned cities such as Nairobi and Kigali, Kampala is definitely on it's way to greatness. 

 

Kampala's tourist attractions are mostly cultural institutions such as the Ugandan museum, Ugandan theatre, and Ndere cultural center all sharing Uganda's culture with the world.

 

In short Uganda is a Vibrant, developing, nearly developed country on its way to greatness and a place that is worthy of a visit.

Demographics & Language 

 

Kampala is divided into 5 districts or boroughs with the total area of about 70 square miles. 

 

Demographically Kampala is a mix and match of different identities with mainly influence by political and economic factors with a large number of western Ugandans moving to the capital. 

 

As for the language a large array of tribal languages are spoken alongside English such as Basoga, Bafumbira, Batoro, Bakiga and other local tongues. 

Location 

 

Kampala City is located in the southern part of Uganda. It lies very close to the shores of Lake Victoria, just 50 miles south of the downtown area of Kampala.  

 

Kampala is 410 miles northwest of the city of Nairobi in Kenya and almost 735 miles southeast of the city of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.

Climate 

 

Kampala has a rainforest tropical climate featuring two annual water seasons. Although the exotic city of Kampala does not have a dry season in the traditional meaning of the word, the precipitation greatly increases from August to December and from February to June with the heavier sustained rainfall concentrating in the months of February and June. 

Things to Do in Kampala

 

1- Uganda National Cultural Centre

 

Uganda National Cultural Centre popularly known as the National Theatre has various great live music, film, dance and drama shows in the auditorium.

 

Additionally, there are bars and restaurants for visitors to enjoy the best food. Nightly outdoor events including jam sessions, drumming and comedy nights are included as well. 

 

2- Kasubi Tombs

 

Kasubi Tombs, the burial site for the kings and queens of the Buganda Kingdom, is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It was listed for their significance to the kingdom. 

 

Going on a tour to the tombs is a chance for visitors to be impressed with the rural village and its grass hut, which was originally built for Kabaka Mutesa I as a palace in 1882. Later on it was turned into a burial site two years after his death.

 

3- Craft Market

 

Kampala is lined by a set of colorful craft markets, also called craft villages. It is where you will find a collection of vibrant crafts from baskets, prints, paintings and pottery. 

 

Note that not all markets are permanent. Some of them are permanent such as the Crafts Village behind the National Theatre and Crafts Centre on Buganda Road. 

 

Some others are weekly and monthly such as one in Makindye and one in front of the Railway Station. 

 

4- Uganda Museum 

 

Established in 1908, Uganda Museum is the oldest one in all East Africa. It displays the country’s cultural heritage where there are ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a great experience to see Uganda’s colorful past. 

 

The museum also features traditional musical instruments, free to play.