Kampala is the capital and largest city in Uganda. The city is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning: Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division and Lubaga Division. Kampala has a total area of 189 km2, 176 km2 being land and 13 km2 covered by water. Its population is estimated at just under 2million people, the predominant languages in Kampala are English and Luganda
Before the arrival of the British colonialists, the “Kabaka” (king) of Buganda had chosen the area that would later become Kampala as a hunting reserve; the area was home to several species of antelopes due to the rolling hills with grassy wetlands in the valleys. When the British arrived they called one of the many hills surrounding Kampala ‘The Hill of the Impala’ due to the large presence of the impala antelope. It is worth noting that it is not unusual for Luganda to adopt the soundings of English words into the language, So K’empala (hill of antelopes) formally became ‘Kampala’ with repeated usage, and when the British colonial rulers needed a name for the city they adopted this reference. Traditionally Kampala was known as the city of seven hills but over time it has grown and has become much more than just “the city of seven hills”.
Kampala is home to Makerere University, this is the oldest University in the East African region and has produced numerous leaders in the region, notably Mwai Kibaki – Kenya’s former president- , Paul Kagame – current President of Rwanda-, just to mention a few.
The main features in Kampala include the Uganda museum, Kasubi tombs, Mengo palace and parliament house.
The means of transport in Kampala include:
Special hire taxi, most of these are however unmarked to avoid taxes by the local authorities, however, their drivers are always alert and know how to identify potential clients.
Boda bodas , these are motorbikes they are the fastest way to get around Kampala since they can weave in and out of the traffic jams. They can also be hired by the hour or day, but prices will always vary from day to day and depending on who you approach.
The mini buses, these are the white and blue minibus taxis, they come from the city centre to virtually every other point in Kampala. Many start in the taxi parks (for most destinations you can use either park),the old or the new park, but it’s quicker to flag one down on Kampala road as they don’t need to navigate the nightmare tailbacks around the taxi parks.
Next time you want to explore this amazing town count on us to take you there, we have 3 buses daily from Nairobi and 2 buses daily from Mombasa, with us you begin the adventure right from the time you get into our buses.