Kampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda. The city is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning: Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division and Lubaga Division. The city is coterminous with Kampala District.
Kampala, with a population of approximately 2.5 million, is by far the largest city in Uganda. Kampala is very safe to walk around, even at night, a welcome fact for many a high-strung visitor arriving from Nairobi.
Things to See include:
- The Uganda Museum.
- Kasubi tombs, where the remains of the Kings of Buganda are buried, was a major tourist site. However, these were extensively damaged by fire in March 2010.
- Nommo art gallery
- National Theatre
- Cathedrals - Rubaga and Namirembe (not very interesting itself but good view of the city)
- Gaddafi National Mosque (in Old Kampala)
- Wamala tombs, where the remains of some of the earlier Buganda kings were buried including Kabaka Ssuuna 11 (1836-1856). During his time he had 148 wives and produced 218 children!
- Bahai Temple, atop Kikaya hill
- Parliament of Uganda (and independence monument).
Things to Do include:
- Raft the headwaters of the Nile. Three companies offer this service: Nile River Explorers, Adrift and ""Nalubale Rafting."
- Bungee jump dipping your head in the headwaters of the Nile, near Jinja.
- Jet-Boating on the Nile, up and down some of the smaller rapids.
- Do an ATV safari along the headwaters of the Nile, driving through various small towns.
- Namugongo Martyrs shrines were turned a world heritage site under UNESCO after Kasubi tombs were destroyed by fire, the place is now open for tourists.
- Book your Gorilla safari at the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (in Kololo) before heading southwest to Bwindi National Park.
- Excursion to Mburo National Park (4 hours), with guaranteed viewing of hippopotamus, as well as zebra, various gazelles, crocodiles, birds, warthog.
- Excursion to Entebbe to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where you can watch chimps being fed, which is even more entertaining than it sounds.
- Visit the Zoo, beaches and Botanical Gardens in nearby Entebbe.