The seven hills of Kampala have a big prominence in the development of the city, and that today house some of the most important sights in Buganda history. With a good range of accommodation in Kampala, the city is used a as a base for tours to Uganda on a safari.
In the centre is a small, bustling, high-rise modern business district surrounded by a spread of dusty but vibrant suburban sprawl switching between the extremes of wealth and poverty.
It is wonderful to roam the streets of Kampala, which are awash with color and charm – markets selling an assortment of fruit, vegetables and livestock provide a cacophony of noise and excitement.
There are a myriad of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres and shopping malls around the centre of the city. The nightlife is lively and the locals are more than happy to mingle with you as the sun sets and Kampala gets it’s dancing shoes on.
On the outskirts of the city, the green and hilly suburbs merge into the surrounding rural countryside of banana, maize and millet plantations and cattle farms.
The seven hills that originally made kampala are Nsambya hill, Lubaga Hill, Namirembe Hill, Kampala Hill (Old Kampala Hill), Kasubi Hill, Mengo Hill and Kibuli Hill. Kampala city is now comprising of more hills that house government, educational, health and commercial buildings.
The seven hills of Kampala are at the political centre of the Kingdom of Buganda for many years before Captain Lugard, a representative of the British East Africa Company, set up camp on Kampala Hill in 1890.
The most significant point in the growth of Kampala was the arrival in 1901 of the railway line from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast allowing Kampala to become the trading centre of Uganda and a bustling city.
In the early years of independence, Kampala was considered to be the epitome of how an African city should develop but during the Idi Amin years the city disintegrated into chaos. However, during the 90’s, Kampala city managed to regenerate itself and is now a typical African city.
Places to visit on a tour in Kampala within and beyond the seven hills of Kampala include;
- Visit the Uganda museum and see the history of Uganda
- Visit Kampala’s colorful and charming markets.
- Enjoy the unimaginable Kampala’s lively nightlife.
- Visit the religious sites including temples, mosques and cathedrals.
- Visit the Kingdom of the Buganda.
- Visit the martyrs trail including the shrines.
- Explore Kampala’s monuments with a great significance to the country’s history.
- Visit the Ngamba island and take part in protecting the Chimpanzees.
- Visit the Uganda wildlife education centre commonly known as the Entebbe Zoo.
- Relax in the tranquil beaches of Lake Victoria.
- Discover the adventure in you with Jinja’s adrenaline activities.
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