Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Located in Central Uganda, Kampala is the most populous town in the country. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country’s tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artifacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom.
Traditionally, Kampala was a city of 7 hills, but over time it has come to have a lot more. Kampala was initially built on seven hills, now it has spread over 20 hills and villages.
The original seven hills are:
The other hills include Kibuli, Muyenga (Tank) hill, Nsambya, Mutundwe, Mulago, Buziga, Naguru to mention but a few.
A tour around Kampala takes you to the cultural, historical and religious sites and structures, monuments, shopping centers, and local markets as well as meeting with other tourists and Ugandan citizens as they go about daily life or work schedules.
The different Hills of Kampala city and attractions:
|Mango Hill||Kabaka’s palace
Kabaka’s lake (largest man-made lake in the country)
Buganda Court of Justice HQ
|Lubaga Hill||Rubaga Cathedral (Catholic Faith)|
|Namirembe Hill||St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe (Anglican Faith)
Mengo Hospital (Uganda’s first hospital)
Kasubi Tombs (Royal burial grounds)
Bulge, Buganda’s Lutiiko (the Parliament)
|Makerere Hill||Makerere University (first University in Uganda)|
|Kololo Hill||Kololo Airstrip
|Nakasero Hill (the heart of the City)||State House
Country’s top hotels (Sheraton, Serena, Grand Imperial)
|Old Kampala Hill||Uganda National Mosque (formerly Gadaffi National Mosque)
Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
Ruins of Lugard’s Fort
|Kibuli Hill (regarded as the home for the Muslims)||Kibuli Mosque
Other attractions/places to visit on a Hill hopping tour around Kampala include:
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. As it is a city, it has a lot to offer from uptown to downtown.
With its rich historical background (religion, culture, and politics), it is a city worth visiting.