Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

According to abbreviationfinder, Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda, located on the northern shore of Lake Victoria and with a population of approximately 1,504,400 residents (2003). It is located in the south of the Republic, between hills and about 1,200 m above sea level.

Note: Uganda. Landlocked state; forming part of the African continent, it is the fusion of various agricultural and livestock ethnic groups.

History

The origins of Kampala are lost in the history of the ancient Buganda kingdoms. In the early years of the 20th century it was designated as the capital of the British protectorate of Uganda because a few years earlier, in 1890 it was selected by Captain Frederick Lugard as the headquarters of the British East Africa Company. After the invasion of Entebbe it was subjected to it until 1962 ; that year the country achieved its independence and proclaimed Kampala as its state capital.

The city suffered significant material damage in the course of the civil confrontation that accompanied the overthrow of Idi Amín Dadá.

Geography

Kampala is a fairly large urban agglomeration that stretches between the north shore of Lake Victoria and an undulating landscape of hills. Its vast area comprises the ancient capital of the Buganda kingdom. It is located 1,200 meters above sea level.

Location

Kampala is situated in the fertile valleys of southern Uganda, practically in the center of the northern shore of Lake Victoria.

Climate

The Ugandan climate is very warm throughout the year, with little temperature fluctuation (temperatures always remain between 20 ° and 25 °) and abundant rainfall, which is divided into two wet seasons and exceeds 1,800 mm per year.

Nature

Uganda is a country of great scenic beauty. Kampala is based on the same sources of the Nile and Lake Victoria is the largest body of water on the entire African continent.

Population

With 84 residents per km2 Uganda is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. The majority of the Ugandan population is concentrated in and around Kampala. The capital has a population of approximately 1,504,400 residents (2003). See population of Uganda.

Economy

It is the main commercial and cultural center of the country, it has a port on the shore of Lake Victoria 10 kilometers away, Port Bell. The industrial district is located near the port of Port Bell and is dedicated to the production of mechanical constructions, textiles, plastics, oils and leather goods.

The agriculture has great weight in the economy plus products featured are the tea, the coffee, the sugar cane and, in general, fruits and vegetables. The trade focuses on cattle and leather.

Sightseeing

There is an international airport in Entebbe, about 35 kilometers away. At the airport there are restaurants, duty-free shops, Exchange Offices, Post Office, car rental companies and an office for hotel reservations. No type of tax is charged when embarking to leave the country.

Kampala offers the possibility of carrying out a large number of recreational activities such as rafting the White Nile rapids that allow you to enjoy the landscape of wooded islets that appear suddenly and the vision of hippos, crocodiles or monkeys that are seen during the journey.

Culture and art

Places of interest

Among its main buildings of interest are the Kibuli Mosque, the Anglican Cathedral of Namirembe, the National Museum of Uganda and the National Theater. In addition, it has been a university headquarters since 1922.

The Kings Tombs of Buganda at Kasubi, are located on the hill of Kasubi of the capital, were included in the World Heritage of Unesco in the year 2001.

Crafts

The most typical purchases are products such as necklaces and bracelets, wood carvings, basketry and ceramics, as well as local products such as tea and coffee.

Holidays and traditions

  • On October 9 is the Independence Day.

Transport

It is linked by rail to the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Entebbe International Airport is about 40 km from Kampala and has taxi and bus services.

Some of the airlines with flights to Uganda are: Air Rwanda, Air Tanzania, British Airways, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels and South Airways.

Health

According to the 2004-05 biennium survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Kampala has the highest rate of HIV infection. 9.2% of adults are infected, a rate that shoots up to 47% for sex workers.

Important personalities

  • Majid Musisi, footballer (1967 – 2005)
  • Shekhar Mehta, rally driver (1946 – 2006)

Kampala, Uganda