Uganda is a beautiful country with a lot of natural beauty. It is also home to some thriving cities, such as Kampala, which is both the capital of and largest city in Uganda, a densely populated landlocked country in East Africa. Aside from being a thriving city, there are also a fair amount of travelers who pass through here to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding are and experience a taste of Africa. Here’s more information about this city:

Information About Kampala

In 2014, the country had a population of just over 34.5 million people, and about 1.5 million of these people lived in Kampala. Besides being a thriving metropolis, Kampala also enjoys a beautiful, tropical climate that is fairly mild. Temperatures range from into the 50’s to the 90’s on the Fahrenheit scale. To get here, you can easily fly into the airport that is about 25 miles away from the city.

Entebbe airportEntebbe airport

History of Kampala

In colonial days, the British called the area that later became Kampala the "Hills of the Impala". The locals translated this into their language as Akasozi ke'Empala. The current name of the city is basically a shortened version of this phrase. The country as a whole was a British protectorate from 1894 to 1962, when it gained its independence. Thus, the country is quite young, not much over 50 years old. Thus, there is still much friction between the long-standing tribal cultures of the area and modern life.

Like Rome, Kampala was originally built on seven hills and then grew larger. The hills are named Kasubi Hill, Mengo Hill, Kibuli Hill, Namirembe Hill, Lubaga Hill, Nsambya Hill and Kampala Hill. Some of the noteworthy sites in this part of the city include Kibuli Mosque, Namirembe Anglican Cathedral, Rubaga Catholic Cathedral and a new large mosque opened in 2007 in Old Kampala which seats 15,000 people. 

Modernized Traditional City

Although the city is incredibly diverse in terms of ethnicity, inter-tribal marriage in the country remains relatively uncommon. It is seen more in large urban centers, like Kampala, but tribal identity is still a significant driving force in this African country caught between the old tribal system and globalization. Many people in Kampala speak a local tribal language in addition to the more widely spoken languages of English, Swahili, and Luganda. In school, individuals also regularly learn English and other foreign languages.

This mix of old world and new is also seen in the economy of the city. As is the norm for a large capital city, it is a major industrial and commercial hub. But it is also a place where there is a good deal of agriculture in the wetlands within the city limits. This creates a unique economical environment because they city is a place where the old and new converge.

The Lanugo store that sells at comes from Central Kampala. Their African jewelry offers a good example of what this region in Uganda has to offer.