Kampala Capital City

Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda.

The city is divided into five major divisions; Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division, and Lubaga Division.

The city is coterminous with Kampala District. Surrounding Kampala is the rapidly growing Wakiso District, whose population more than doubled between 2002 and 2014 and now stands at over 2 million.

Kampala is famously recorded to be the 13th fastest growing city on the planet, with an annual population growth rate of 4.03 percent, by City Mayors.

Due to its structures, way of life and the environmental conditions, It has been ranked the best city to live in East Africa ahead of Nairobi and Kigali by Mercer, a global development consulting agency based in New York City, U.S.

Historically, It is recorded that before the arrival of the British colonists, the Kabaka of Buganda had chosen the zone that would become Kampala as a hunting reserve.

This area was composed of rolling hills with grassy wetlands in the valleys, was home to several species of antelope, particularly impala.

That when the British arrived, they called it ‘Hills of the Impala’. The language of the Buganda, Luganda, adopted many English words because of their interactions with the British.

The Buganda translated ‘Hill of the Impala’ as Akasozi ke’Empala – “Kasozi” meaning “hill”, “ke” meaning “of”, and “empala” the plural of “impala”.

In Luganda, the words “ka’mpala” mean “that is of the impala”, in reference to a hill, and the single word ‘Kampala’ was adopted as the name for the city that grew out of the Kabaka’s hills.

The city grew as the capital of the Buganda kingdom, from which several buildings are put in place, including the Kasubi Tombs built in 1881, the Lubiri Palace, the Buganda Parliament and the Buganda Court of Justice.

Key interests here:

The main campus of Makerere University is in the Makerere Hill area of the city, Kasubi Tombs, Bahá’í House of Worship, Uganda Museum, the Ugandan National Theatre, Nakasero Market, St. Balikuddembe Market (formerly Owino Market), Entebbe International Airport, Boda-bodas (local motorbike transport), among others