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Kampala is the capital and biggest city in Uganda. It covers 189 sq km (73 sq mi) and has a population of 1.7 million people. The city is on the northern bank of Lake Victoria, at an altitude of 1,190 m (3,904 ft).

The history of Kampala goes back to the 19th century, when it was the favorite hunting ground of Mutesa I, the tribal ruler of the Buganda Kingdom. The area has seven prominent hills which marks different landmarks of the city today. Kampala was the capital of the Buganda Kingdom long before it became the capital of Uganda.

Street view of Kampala, UgandaStreet view of Kampala, Uganda
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Visiting Kampala

The main gateway to Kampala and Uganda is the Entebbe International Airport (EBB), located on the shores of Lake Victoria, 35 km from Kampala. Arriving at the airport, you can take a minibus to Kampala for 2,000 Ush or taxi for 60,000 Ush.

Bahá'í House of Worship, KampalaBahá'í House of Worship, Kampala
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Places of Interest in Kampala

  1. Ahmadiyya Central Mosque
    The main place of worship of the Ahmaddiya Muslim community of Kampala. It accommodates 9,000 worshippers.
  2. Bahá'í House of Worship
    Regarded as the mother temple of the Baha'i faith in Africa, this is just one of the seven Baha'i houses or worship in the world.
  3. Kasubi Tombs
    Tombs of the four kabakas (rulers) of the Buganda Kingdom, today recognized as a World Heritage Site.
  4. Nakasero Market
    Local market where visitors can get to see up close what the locals buy and sell.
  5. Uganda Museum
    Museum showcasing the ethnological and natural history of the people of Uganda, with exhibits on the traditional tribal life. Its collection also incudes tools, hunting weapons and musical instruments. The museum may have to make way for the East African Trade Centre that the government of Uganda plans to build.
  6. Uganda National Cultural Centre
    Center comprising the National Theatre and the Nommo Gallery. The theater stages cultural performances of all kinds, and also serves as a cinema, while Nommo Gallery exhibits works by local and foreign artists.

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