Kampala the City on Seven Hills. by Richard Dickson
Located in South central Uganda, Kampala is the capital city of Uganda situated on seven hills and it is referred to as the greenest City in Africa. The Capital and administrative city of Uganda Kampala gets its enchanted name from Kasozi K’impala that is interpreted as “the hills of the antelopes”. Standing on one of the seven hills of Kampala gives you a Splendid view of the evergreen hills mixed with green ironed roofs, red tiled villas, tall modern buildings and bungalows that are surrounded by a lush countryside and of course the Nearby Lake Victoria. Kampala is a lively up-to-date conurbation decorated with amazing gardens, and parks that provide a multihued oasis in the midst of the urban landscape for the citizens and visitors to be amazed about. The accommodations range from Fives star hotels to campsites accommodating people of all budgets.
Where to spend a night in Kampala should not worry you on your visit to Kampala. There are many places that you should miss on your visit to Kampala of which some are mentioned below.
The Kasubi tombs.
Also a world heritage site the Kasubi tombs is known to be a master piece of the Buganda cultural tradition in Buganda with one of the larges huts/Banda in the world. Four royal tombs now lie within the “Muzibu Azaala Mpanga” (meaning “A tough one brings forth powerful ones”), the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome and the main palace. The tombs are the major spiritual centre of the Baganda and its one of the most active places in the whole of the Buganda kingdom. It is located in Kampala a 10 minutes drive from the city centre.
This is a display of Uganda’s cultural heritage where one is able to see ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. It is a scenic reminder of splendid past of the country with a collection of musical instruments, photos, pictures, materials of the past. The museum contains lost of materials starting from pre-colonial time. A visit to the museum usually gives tourists a clear picture of the past.
The Bahai Temple
Supported by Nine big pillars and 27 smaller the Bahai Temple a place of worship is found only in Uganda on the African continent. There is one temple on each continent. Known to have been built 40 years ago the temple is located on Kikaya hill 4 miles from Kampala on Gayaza Road. An afternoon visit to the area give you a spiritual feeling of this area as you ride along a dusty road up the hill to reach the temple. While at the temple you get picturesque sceneries of some of Kampala’s hills. Viewed 3 km away the Kikaya hill gives an amazing view of the only Bahai on the African continent blended with beautiful flowers gives a scenic view filled with peace, joy and harmony. The tranquility of the area always draws people from allover the world to come spend an afternoon picnic in the green grasses of the Temple.
Uganda Martyrs shrine
Built in remembrance of the Ugandans who were massacred because of joining Christianity in the reign of King Mwanga, Uganda martyrs shrine is located 20 minutes away from the capital Kampala in Namugongo. The shrine was built in remembrance of the 22 Ugandans who were burnt to ash because of converting to Christianity. Visiting this site takes you back in history bringing back that modern history in your eyesight. You will be given an informative walk around the area and also check out the church that was built in commemoration of these people who lost their lives for the strength of the Christian religion in Uganda today.
This is another upcoming place that is unique and architectural feature combining imaginative creativity and developing local culture to precedent heights. The centre is built on a 9 acre virgin gently sloping land with local and international trees. The centre has a rare architecture that is a great place where African forms, colors and materials embrace modernity in a super harmony. The centre has well flowered walk ways you can walk along the peaceful and serene centre. The centre also entertains people on Sundays in some of the cultural dances of the country. This is splendid a performance that is not worth missing where you see how young ladies dance with over 10 pots on their heads its Awesome.