Kampala is the largest city of Uganda divided into five divisions that oversee local planning. These are; Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division and Rubaga Division.
The city is spread over several hills and originally it was built on only seven hills. The seven original seven hills are: Mengo, Rubaga, Namirembe, Makerere, Kololo, Nakasero, and Kampala (Old K’la).
Today, Kampala stands on atleast 21 hills that is; Old Kampala, Namirembe, Nakasero, Kibuli, Naguru, Mulago, Mengo, Rubaga, Kololo, Nsambya, Mbuya, Makerere, Buziga, Muyenga, Mutundwe, Mutungo, Kireka, Makindye, Banda hill.
Kampala is headed by the Lord Mayor and the current mayor is His Worship Erias Lukwago, a Ugandan lawyer and politician who took this position on 14 January 2011. The city is also headed by the Executive Director and Jeniffer Musisi, a Ugandan lawyer has been in this position since 2011.
Explore Kampala the capital and commercial city of the republic of Uganda by having a city tour. Kampala city tour has a variety of options and the trail you will choose to visit. For those interested in culture, there is a cultural trail mainly for the Baganda where you can visit Kasubi Tombs, Lubiri ceremonial palace, Mengo which is the Parliament of Buganda Kingdom and Nagalabi which is the coronation ground for Buganda Kingdom as well.
Top Places to Visit in Kampala
The Uganda Museum
Visit the Uganda Museum which is located at plot 54 kiira road. The Uganda Museum is the largest collection of ethnographic materials in the whole of Africa. A tour of Uganda Museum on your Kampala city tour will help you get expose to other departments like The Natural History of Uganda, Ethnography, Musicology, and archeology and stone age sites in Uganda. It requires three hours for someone to tour this place. It’s one of the sites that should be included on someone’s wish list while planning a Kampala city tour.
The Historical Trail
For those interested in tracing Uganda’s history, there is a trail starting from Old Kampala where the first Museum was establish before moving it to Makerere University and then to its current location just before Uganda Wildlife Authority offices along Kiira road.
Buganda Cultural Sites
Buganda Kingdom is one of the vibrant kingdoms in Uganda that is very committed to promoting cultural tourism. This trail will take you to Lubiri which is the ceremonial palace of the King of Buganda. In order to explore this palace, one needs about two hours before visiting Kabaka’s Lake located in Ndeba. This is a manmade lake that was aimed at connecting Lubiri with Lake Victoria by Kabaka Mwanga for swimming and canoeing. From Lubiri, you can then visit Mengo which is the parliament of Buganda without forgetting to visit the Kasubi Tombs. It is the burial place for the kings of Buganda.
Uganda is a country of many religious denominations. If interested in religion, visit cathedrals on the Kampala city tour. Each cathedral is strategically located on a hill and these include, Namirembe cathedral, Rubaga Cathedral, Christ the King, Nsambya among others. Old Kampala and Kibuli Mosques have rich history attached to them. You are also free to visit Bahai temple if time allows.
In the evening, visit the Ndere troupe center a prominent cultural centre in the Kampala area found in Kisasi that aims to promote Ugandan and African cultural expressions through music, dance and drama. As an instrument found in all cultures, it is chosen as a peaceful symbol of the universality of cultural expressions. The Ndere centre is famous for its Ndere troupe, a music and dance troupe that perform several nights every week at the centre showcasing music and dance from all over Uganda as well as East Africa.
Go Shopping in Kampala
While in Kampala, you can go for shopping in different places. Super Markets include; Shoprite, Capital Shoppers Delight, Game Stores, Kwiksave Convenience, Millennium, Shopper’s Paradise, Embassy Supermarket, Payless, Nakumatti, Boutiques.
Art Galleries & Crafts
Many art Galleries and crafts are found within kampala where tourists can buy various hand made crafts to take back home for rememberance such as Uganda Crafts 2000 Ltd, Gallery Okapi, Makerere School of Fine Art, Nommo Gallery, Rwenzori Crafts, Tulifanya Art Gallery, Banana Boat, Aada Africa Art Gallery.