Kampala City

Kampala – Uganda’s capital with an organic feel

Famous for the Impala ( a species of antelopes), the area that was later to be called Kampala was gazetted by Kabaka Mutesa I. (King of Buganda) in the 1880s as one of his favourite hunting grounds.

It later grew as the capital of Buganda Kingdom with the kingdom’s headquarters in Bulange – Mengo.

Kampala is now the capital and biggest city in Uganda with a population of about 1.7 million inhabitants. It is fast becoming one of the famous destinations in Africa.

History of Kampala

The origins of the Kampala city go back to 1891 when Kabaka of Buganda had his court on Rubaga and Mengo hills.
The town that grew from colonial and royal resting place achieved municipal status in 1950 and became a city’ in 1962.

Today, as you stand on the hills of Kampala, 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.

Kampala city has gone through a series of changes – many of which have been more of destruction than development. This has been due to our unfortunate history of civil wars and  mismanagement. However, in the past years a number of changes have been taking place in Kampala and we are glad to present you a glimpse of how Kampala city looks like today in Year 2000

Best Places to Visit in Kampala

  • Kasubi Tombs
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral Lubaga
  • Gaddafi National Mosque in Kampala
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe
  • Mackay Caves Nateete
  • Bulange Mengo
  • Twekobe – Kabaka’s Palace aka Lubiri
  • Makerere University

Hills of Kampala

Of the seven hills on which the city of Kampala is considered to be built on, the first in the order of historical importance is the Kasubi Hill. Bordered by Lubya in the west & Makerere in the east, Kasubi is located northwest of the central business district of Kampala.
The history of Kasubi dates back to way before 1856 when the hill was known by the name Nabulagala.

It was only when Kabaka Muteesa I Mukaabya relocated his palace to Nabulagala that the hill was renamed to Kasubi Hill. It is for this reason that many Buganda traditionalists often refer to the hill as Kasubi-Nabulagala or just use the two names interchangeably.

One major reason for Kasubi Hill to be such a historically important hill is attributed to be the world famous Kasubi Tombs. It is said that, Kabaka Muteesa I Mukaabya after his death in the year 1884 became the first Kabaka to be buried at Kasubi. The place has since then become the official burial site of the royal Buganda monarchy.

Today the Kasubi Royal Tombs are considered synonymous to the cultural heritage of Kampala & are recognized as a significant World Heritage Site. The tombs are great exemplary pieces of the skilled African architecture & cultural heritage of the Buganda people.