Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is located in the central region on the shores of Lake Victoria. The city has many attractions, destinations, and tourist activities. Ranging from events to prime time venues and hotels, that’s why it’s referred to as East Africa’s happiest city.
Initially, Mutesa I, the Kabaka (King) of Buganda, choose the area that was to become Kampala as one of his favorite hunting grounds. The area was made up of hills and wetlands. It was an ideal breeding ground for various wild animals. Particularly a species of antelope, and the impala, in whose name the city was named Kampala (the area of Impalas).
The city grew as the capital of the Buganda kingdom, from which several buildings survive. Including the Kasubi Tombs (built-in 1881), the Lubiri Palace, the Buganda Parliament, and the Buganda Court of Justice. Severely damaged in the Uganda-Tanzania War, the city has since then been rebuilt with constructions of new buildings. Including hotels, banks, shopping malls, educational institutions, hospitals, and improvement of war-torn buildings and infrastructure.
Traditionally, Kampala was a city of seven hills, but over time it has come to have a lot more. Kla was initially built on seven hills, although this is now the city has spread over several hills and villages beyond Kampala boundaries. The earliest hills included;
The city has now spread to cover many hills including Nakasero Hill, Tank Hill, Mulago Hill is the site of Mulago Hospital, the largest hospital in Uganda.
Facts and Figures
Nicknames: K’la, The Happy City, The City That Never Sleeps, Pearl of Africa (For Uganda too)
Languages: English (main) Kiswahili, Luganda
Location: North East
Size: 180.1 sq kilometers
Division: Kampala Central Division
Kampala is one of the greenest cities in the world with acres of green areas. There is no problem with air pollution, the air quality is always good throughout the year.
The Kampala Capital City Authority is the main administrative body that manages the city. It’s headed by the Executive Director, Kampala city has a mayor. Kampala is also the seat of the parliament of Uganda, statehouse, and all government ministries.