Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. With a population of 1,208,544 (2002), it is the largest city in Uganda. It is located in the district of Kampala at 0°19’N, 32°35’E, at 1,190 m (3,900 ft) above sea level. Kampala City is situated 40 km north of Uganda’s international airport at Entebbe on Lake Victoria, and is spread haphazardly over seven hills. Its name comes from a Kiganda expression – kasozi k’empala – meaning the hill of antelopes (impala). Kampala is the the largest city in the country. The city gets its name From Impala (Aepyceros melampus) a medium-sized African antelope that used to roam the jungles where Kampala seats today. will amaze you with its beauty, culture and hospitality before you venture the rest of the country
Kampala is also popularly known as the city on many hills because it is spread over 10 hills. With a population of approximately one million, it’s on the small side for a capital city and retains a small town charm. People passing each other in the street often know each other and stop for a chat. Local clientele mix in the bars and restaurants and shopkeepers greet regular customers warmly.
The city centre is vibrant with shops, roadside traders, markets, and the mind-boggling matatu (minibus taxi) stands providing local color and atmosphere. The Nakasero fresh food market just off the city’s main drag is one of the most colorful places in East Africa with piles of bananas, pineapples, tomatoes, mangoes and every fruit and vegetable you can think of – and some you can’t – ugly jackfruit or matoke (cooking banana). Kampala is the gateway city for visitors to Uganda and is one of East Africa’s most laid-back and friendly cities and you will undoubtedly pass through it en route to a safari in Uganda’s national parks.
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda in East Africa. Over 1 million people live in Kampala making it Uganda’s largest city. Kampala was the capital of the Bugandan Kingdom several hundred years ago. Today, Kampala is a modern looking city, with outlying townships spreading far beyond the original “seven hills” the city was built upon. Many of Kampala’s more modern buildings were built in the 1980’s since the city suffered significant destruction during the “Liberation War” between Tanzania and Uganda in the late 1970’s.
|Languages spoken||Luganda, English|
|Currency used||Uganda Shillings (UGX)|
|Area (km2)||189 km²|