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Kampala

Country
Uganda
State
Kampala
City
Kampala
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

When coming to Kampala by air, you will actually arrive in the city of Entebbe,35km (22mi) southwest of Kampala.Typically you will be required to pay 50 USD for the entry visa, so have the money ready in cash (USD or USh) to pay at passport control they do not accept credit cards.In any case check whether a visa is required before arrival for your specific nationality.Normally you will need to show international vaccination certificate for Yellow Fever, however the rule is not applied strictly.

By Bus

In early 2007,it was announced that Kampala would remove commuter taxis from its streets and replace them with a comprehensive city bus service.It should be noted that in Kampala the term "taxi" refers to a 15-seater minibus used as public transport.The bus service was expected to cover the greater Kampala metropolitan area including Mukono, Mpigi, Bombo, Entebbe, Wakiso and Gayaza.The decision is yet to be implemented.Boda-bodas is local motorcycle transportation are a popular mode of transport that gives access to many areas with in and outside the city.Standard fees for these range from UGX 500 to 1,000 or more.Boda-bodas are useful for passing through rush-hour traffic although they are usually poorly maintained and often dangerous.In January 2007, the mayor of Kampala City announced plans to introduce a congestion fee of Sh30,000 per vehicle per day when the bus network is launched.This decision is also yet to be implemented.

Key places to visit
Uganda Museum, Nakasero Market, Bahai House of Worship, Kampala Hill, Lubiri Palace


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Places to Visit

Uganda Museum

Is a museum in Kampala, Uganda, which displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda's cultural heritage.The museum was founded in 1908 after George Wilson called for "all articles of interest"on Uganda to be procured.Also among the collections in the Uganda Museum are playable musical instruments, hunting equipment, weaponry, archaeology and entomology.The Uganda museum is currently under the threat of demolition as the Uganda Government is planning to build in its place an "East African Trade Centre".Four civil society organisations vis  the Historical Resources Conservation Initiatives (HRCI), Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU), Historical Buildings Conservation Trust (HBCT) and Jenga Afrika have taken the government of the Republic of Uganda to court to stop the government's plans.

Nakasero Market

Is a market in Kampala, Uganda, located at the foot of Nakasero hill. It sells fresh food, textiles, shoes and cheap electronics.

Bahai House of Worship

Sometimes referred to by its Arabic name of Mashriqul-Adhkar is the designation of a place of worship, or temple, of the Bahai Faith.The teachings of the religion envisage Houses of Worship being surrounded by a number of dependencies dedicated to social, humanitarian, educational, and scientific pursuits, although none has yet been built to such an extent.Only eight Houses of Worship have been built around the world (this includes one in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan that has since been destroyed), with a ninth soon to be constructed in Chile.Bahai communities own many properties where Houses of Worship remain to be constructed as the Bahai community grows and develops further.The Houses of Worship are open to the public, and are exclusively reserved for worship, where sermons are prohibited and only scriptural texts may be read.Most Bahai meetings occur in local Bahai centres, individuals homes, or rented facilities.

Kampala Hill

Commonly referred to as Old Kampala, is a hill in the center of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.Kampala Hill is bordered by Makerere to the north, Nakasero to the east, Mengo to the south and Namirembe to the west.When calculating distances between Kampala and other places, Kampala Hill is often taken as the starting point.Kampala hill was the nucleus of the city of Kampala. When the city expanded to other neighboring hills, the place began to be referred to as Old Kampala, a name that is still in use today, 120 years later. As of 2010, the hill is a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood with high-rise apartment complexes, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, bed-and-breakfast establishments and several motels.The neighborhood is a beehive of activity, both during the week and on weekeds.

Lubiri Palace

Is the royal compound of the Kabaka or king of Buganda, located in Mengo, a suburb of Kampala, the Ugandan capital.The original Lubiri was destroyed in the May 1966 Battle of Mengo Hill, at the culmination of the struggle between Mutesa II and Milton Obote for power.

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