Kampala,the capital city of Uganda is spread over ten hills and derives its name from a kiganda expression “kasozi k’empala, “the hill of antelopes”
The origins of the Kampala city go back to 1891 the when Kabaka of Buganda had his court on Rubaga and Mengo hills.The town that grew up achieved municipal status in 1950 and became a city’ in 1962. Today, as you stand on the hills, the City’ provides magnificent evergreen trees, gently disrupted by red-tiled villas, green iron-roofed bungalows, as well as taller modern city profiles that give way to attractive views of the surrounding country side and nearby Lake Victoria.
The City has retained its traditional charm, and remains the greenest in Africa. But today Kampala is the heart of Uganda. The centre of commercial life and the seat. of government. It is a vibrant modern metropolis adorned with gardens and parks providing colorful oases for its citizens and visitors alike, Hotel facilities range from the best international hotels, with state-of-the-art conference facilities, to accommodation for the more budget-minded. The broad range of cultures in Uganda is also reflected in the wide choice of restaurants in the City, all featuring the wonderful produce of the fertile country side anid fish-filled lakes.
Uganda as a nation loves food, and no celebration is ever complete without a feast. As a result there is no shortage of eating places in the country. Food is generally cheap and there is something to suit every pocket and taste. Prices range from a mere Ush2000 to 60,000 a head depending on what you have and where you choose to dine. For those who want to try the delicious Buganda traditional dish called “oluwombo”, don’t miss Ekitobeero Restaurant on Kintate Road near Fairway Hotel.
Ugandans like to party and thus there is no shortage of nightspots to let your hair down. In the old industrial area are SILK and ANGE NOIR relatively close to each other, so if you get tired of one, just take a stroll to the other. Out of town is the other, PULSATIONS. There are also numerous drinking places and bars. The Sheraton also has a British style Pub serving ale’s from around the world …. at a price!
Looking to spend a bit of cash? Kampala has five Casino’s for your gambling pleasure and the list is growing.
Kampala night life is lively and fun as the youth and old alike fill Kampala night places to have fun.
In the last couple of years several places of night life have sprung up in Kampala to such an extent that it almost impossible for the first time visitors to Kampala to believe the serenity and enjoyment the Kampalans have everyday.
Some of the places to be at night in Kampala are:
Kampala Casino – Kimathi Avenue
Garden City – The Biggest Shopping Complex in Uganda
Al’s Bar at “Half London” Kansanga
Wagadugu at Kisementi
Just Kicking at Kisementi Kamwokya
DV8 on Wilson Road
Rock Garden Cafe’ at Speke Hotel
Sabrina’s Pub on Bombo Road