Kampala is the largest and capital city of the east African country of Uganda, situated near Lake Victoria in the south of the country. Known to be quite a safe city, though not exactly known for its impressive sights and most visitors may just land here for a few days or even hours to move on to the flora and fauna the rest of the country has to offer.
But as it is rare to find safe African cities, you might just be compelled to explore what African city life is like. If you do, make your way to Kampala Hill (also known as Old Kampala) for starters. This is the old center of town that boasts shops, restaurants and bars and is seemingly always bustling with activity.
At the heart of Old Kampala stands the country's largest mosque: the Gadaffi Mosque. There you can go for a guided tour and go up to see quite nice views over the city. Other sights you can make your move to next include the Uganda Museum and two cathedrals. If you are aware of the country's modern history, Kabaka's Palace and the torture chambers of Idi Amin (which can be toured) may be of interest.
Ordinarily, the ancient Kasubi Tombs where Uganda's royalty used to be buried in the past hundreds of years, would probably be the top attraction. However, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was largely destroyed by fire, and is currently in the process of being reconstructed.
A final note. We wrote that Kampala is known as being quite a safe city, and in the day-to-day that is certainly true, with most areas being fine to visit even at night. Nevertheless, in 2010 it became the victim of a terrorist attack. [Review by travelindicator]
- Kampala is a city in Uganda. It has a population of 1,659,600, is situated at an altitude of 3917ft and the best airport to fly into is KLA
- The currency used in Uganda is the Ugandan shilling (UGX)
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