Kampala City

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and one of the fast growing city in eastern Africa, it’s a beautiful city surrounded by major attractions that include wildlife national park, hills, botanical gardens and forests; a cosmopolitan city with superb environment for business and holiday trips, it's a great place to start your safari holiday in Uganda.

Kampala Picture Gallery

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A close view of Kampala city.


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City tour of Kampala city
 

What to see in Kampala.

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A distance view of Kampala city.


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Kampala tour attractions.

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Some of the top end hotels and lodges in Kampala.


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About Kampala City

About Kampala City

Kampala is the main commercial and cultural center of Uganda, situated on rolling hills 10km north of Lake Victoria in southern Uganda; the city was first established in 1881 and grew as Kabaka’s capital of the Buganda kingdom, before the British colonist took over and declaring it as the headquarters of Uganda's colonial administration.

The name Kampala originated from a luganda word “kasozi ka mpala” which means hills of antelopes referring to the Impala antelopes that cropped the lawns of Mengo Hills. Kampala is said to be built on seven hills, each of the seven hills have notable historical structures that include; the great Makerere university found on the Makerere hills, Kabaka's Palace found on Lubiri hills, Buganda Court of Justice Headquarters and Buganda's Parliament found on Mengo hills, the ruins of Lugard's Fort and the Old Kampala found on the Kampala Hills, Nakasero Hill with the administrative center and the luxury residential area, and  the Ugandan Museum found on kalolo hills. 

Kampala has an estimated population of 2.5 million and has a surface area of about 189 square kilometers; the city’s main economic growth is centered on agriculture, imports and exports, manufacturing and tourism.

Major Attractions and Activities

Major tourist attraction in Kampala include:-

  • City tour to the National Theater, the Parliament Building, to the "Nommo" Art Gallery and the Craft Market.
  •  Visit the Kasubi Tombs; the traditional royal tombs of the Kabakas.
  • Visit the Ugandan Museum; that display the rich Ugandan cultural heritage.
  • Visit the Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine; a shrine that commemorates twenty Ugandan Christians that were burnt alive in 1886 on the order of the Kabuki of Buganda.
  • Tour of the historical Cathedrals, Hindu Temples and Mosques.
  • Visit River Nile source in Jinja for water rafting, kayaking and bungee jumping.

Accommodation and Restaurants

There is a wide range of places to stay or dine in Kampala, from the luxury top end hotels and resorts, to the authentic and Eco friendly African Safari Camps, lodges and budgeted hotels. Have a look at the ACCOMMODATION section on the right tab for more information.

Airports and Getting around

Kampala is served by Entebbe International Airport, it is used for domestic, chartered and international flights; the airports is just 30 Km to Kampala city center.

Getting around Kampala; there are various public Buses, Shuttles, Taxis, private car hire and rentals. The public transports are all over the town, including buses and shuttles to the Airport, round the town center and on its suburbs. The fares vary with the location, time of the day, duration and distance; the fares could be anything from $ 0.50 to 10.

For local flights, airport transfers, Safari road drives or further information on transport; Contact our transport department.

Recommended Airlines

International Flights

  • Kenya Airways
  • British Airways
  • Emirates Airline
  • KLM Airline
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Egypt Air
  • Rwand Air
  • Brussels Airlines

Charter Flights

  • Kampala Aero Club
  • Ndege Juu Ya Africa
  • Air Serv
  • Eagle Air

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking

This a 3 days Gorilla trekking and nature walk safari holiday at Bwindi national park, driving from Kampala to Bwindi; where you will spend the two days relaxing, on nature walks to watch the beautiful landscapes and the Mountain Gorillas. A great place to watch the Mountain Gorillas,

Tour Cost From

$ 1,215

Booking Details

Gorilla and Chimps Trekking

Gorilla and Chimps Trekking

5 Days Gorilla and Chimps trekking

This a 5 days a pure Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking safari holiday at Bwindi and Kibale national park, driving from Kampala to Bwindi; where you will spend the two days on nature walks and tracking the beautiful Mountain Gorillas and then transfer to Kibale to watch the chimpanzees.

Tour Cost From

$ 1,815

Booking Details

Wildlife and Chimps safari

Wildlife and Chimps safari

5 Days Safari and Chimps trekking

This a 5 days a pure Wildlife and Chimpanzee trekking safari holiday at Queen Elizabeth and Kibale national park, driving from Kampala to Kibale; where you will spend the two days on nature walks and tracking the beautiful primates and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth to watch more

Tour Cost From

$ 1,500

Booking Details

Wildlife and Chimps Trekking

Wildlife and Chimps Trekking

7 days Safari & Primates Trek

This is a 7 days Safari holiday full of real adventure; the holiday begin in Kampala, driving down to Kabale national park to watch primates and bird watching, then proceeds to Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife safari and finally head down to the famous Bwindi impenetrable forest

Tour Cost From

$ 2,300

Booking Details

Pure Safari Tour

Pure Safari Tour

9 Days Safari Holiday in Uganda

This a nine days pure wildlife watching and primates trekking safari holiday in Uganda, that starts and ends in Kampala; it begins with a long drive to Murchison falls to watch wildlife and explore Nile River, followed by chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest, wildlife watching at Queen Elizabeth

Tour Cost From

$ 2,715

Booking Details

Family Safari Holiday

Family Safari Holiday

6 days Family holidays

This a 6 days family safari holiday to Lake Mburo and  Queen Elizabeth; driving from Kampala to Lake Mburo; where you will spend the two days on game drive, boat ride and nature walks, and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth to watch more wildlife. It’s a great itinerary

Tour Cost From

$ 1,910

Booking Details

Family Safari Holiday

Family Safari Holiday

8 days Family holidays

Family safari holiday to Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo; driving from Kampala to Murchison Falls national park; where you will spend the two days on game drive, boat ride and nature walks, and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth to watch more wildlife, before winding up at

Tour Cost From

$ 2,500

Booking Details

Full Day Water Rafting

Full Day Water Rafting

Uganda White Water Rafting

This is a full day water rafting sporting tour in Uganda, the trip begins with a simple drive from either Kampala or Jinja, to Victoria Nile, where you will enjoy a 25Km white water rafting adventure. The rafting stretches consist of beautiful landscapes full of birds, indigenous trees,

Tour Cost From

$ 95

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Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping on Victoria Nile

This a one day Bungee Jumping trip along the Victoria Nile in Jinja, the trip begins by driving from either Jinja or Kampala to Nile High Bungee tower; where you will experience your bungee jumping adrenalin adventure. This sporting itinerary is suitable for both skilled and unskilled guest;

Tour Cost From

$ 115

Booking Details

Birding in Uganda

Birding in Uganda

Uganda Bird watching

This a 9 days pure Birds watching, Primates trekking and safari holiday in Uganda, that begins and ends in Kampala; the tour begins by visiting Kibale forest to watch chimps and the beautiful birds, then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National park, Gorilla and birds watching at Bwindi forest

Tour Cost From

$ 1,570

Booking Details

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