Kampala, capital city of Uganda

With just under 1.5 million inhabitants, Kampala, capital city of Uganda, is the only million+ and modern metropolitan city in the country and one of the smallest capital cities in East Africa. Kapala also is one of the safest big cities in East Africa.  Originally, the hills and wetlands of what is now Kampala, were chosen by King Mutesa I, the Kabaka (king) of Buganda, as his favorite hunting grounds. With the abundance of Impalas, the area was soon named by the British Camp Impala, which contracted to Kampala. The major buildings commemorating the original kingdom are the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kasubi Tombs, which were originally built in 1881, and rebuilt in 2010 after they were destroyed by fire.


Why Choose the Uganda National Parks Safari?

Developed by our world-renowned national parks expert, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, this is the best safari on the market. Itinerary: UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable National Park,   Kibale National Park, Mburo National Park Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's most famous park Queen Elisabeth National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala.

Why Book a Uganda Tour Holiday with Us?

Because for a very competitive price, you focus on the real national parks of Uganda without losing valuable vacation time in less interesting non-protected locations in the countryside.

Our  Uganda National Parks Safari naturalist guide really knows his birds and mammals, as well as the culture and customs of the people.

UGANDA  SAFARI PARKS TOURS: Uganda National Parks Map.

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The major port of entry into the country is Entebbe International Airport at about 40km from the business center of Kampala; it has been modernized recently with a major grant from South Korea.


Things to do in Kampala, Uganda

Quite honestly, there is not so many things to do in Kampala, Uganda, [nightlife] we list here the principle places you may want to see. What you really want to go to Uganda to is for its fabulous national parks


On Makarere Hill is the Makerere University, one of Africa's prime universities. The university campus is also home to the East African Development Bank.


An interesting form of transport is the Boda-boda, a motorcycle or bicycle taxi, where one sits on the back seat. Being a two-wheeler, the bodas are often a rather efficient transportation during rush-hours, although of course safety leaves a bit to be desired.



Entebbe International Airport is located at half an hour from Kampala.

The Kasubi tombs are the royal mausoleums located in Kampala and one of the main attractions of the capital.


TOP 15 THINGS TO DO IN KAMPALA CITY, [NIGHTLIFE]: Boda boda is a light motorcycle or bicycle serving as a taxi.TOP 15 THINGS TO DO IN KAMPALA CITY, [NIGHTLIFE]: Uganda Museum

Boda boda is a light motorcycle or bicycle serving as a taxi.

Uganda Museum in Kampala.


TOP 15 THINGS TO DO IN KAMPALA CITY, [NIGHTLIFE]: Kampala: Namugongo Martyrs Shrine honors the death of 32 young men who refused to renounce Christianity.TOP 15 THINGS TO DO IN KAMPALA CITY, [NIGHTLIFE]: The Bahá'í Temple is another landmark of capital Kampala.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine honors the death of 32 young men who refused to renounce Christianity.

The Bahá'í Temple is another landmark of capital Kampala.


Some things to do in  Kampala City [nightlife], before going on our Uganda National Parks Safari  are the Uganda national museum and the Kasubi tombs. Our Uganda safari takes you on an epic tour to the most representative national parks to go on game trekking, Chimpanzee trekking, and Gorilla trekking. The map below shows you the route of our 11 days' national parks safari.


Kampala City Nightlife

  1. Big Mike's: you can find everything from stand-up comedian to a beer;

  2. Otters Bar: agreeable garden with ferns and strewn with lights, a great place to get a pint, a pizza or a snack;

  3. 1000 Cups Coffee House: espresso, aeropress or regular coffee made from beans from across Africa and light bites;

  4. Endiro: Free wifi, earthy cafe serves strong Ugandan coffee, fresh juices and breakfasts;

  5. Café Pap: busy cafe on Parliament Ave with as well as freshly squeezed juices and breakfasts;

  6. Cayenne: a sprawling tree, pool and popular restaurant, live music;

  7. Iguana: popular among foreigners, is a popular bar in town. Upstairs is a boozy affair for after-work drinks or late evenings with DJs;

  8. Bubbles O'Learys: the closest you'll find to a true pub in Kampala.  It's a buzzing spot drawing a fun crowd;

  9. Rock Garden: Covered bar and a huge outdoor area, but pickpocketing risk;

  10. Deuces: A bar that never sleeps;

  11. Ange Noir: Kampala’s most popular dance floor;

  12. Café Cheri: Open-air shack but less raucous than others, open around the clock;

  13. Club Silk: Popular with students, dance floor with East African pop and Nigerian music that goes until late.

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