east africa maps

No. 2 - KAMPALA

 

 

This two-sheet title contains four main maps, Greater Kampala, Central Kampala, North Kampala (Nakasero-Kololo-Naguru) and Ggaba Road.  The historic Mengo suburb appears as an insert on the Ggaba Road map.

 

With a population exceeding a million, Kampala is by far Uganda’s largest urban centre.  The fast growing city enjoys a distinctive setting - as illustrated on the Greater Kampala map- spread across a series of prominent hills close to Lake Victoria.  Though Kampala has long outgrown its historic title of the ‘City of Seven Hills’ the original seven summits remain important focal points, topped by distinctive landmarks of cultural, religious and colonial significance.

 

Compared to other regional capitals, Kampala is a safe city to explore and visitors should be sure to experience the striking contrasts, depicted on the City Centre map, within the city centre on the slopes of Nakasero Hill. Above Kampala Road, the main thoroughfare, leafy avenues are lined by restored colonial buildings (many occupied by quality restaurants and hotels) and brand new office buildings while downhill,  congested streets descend to colourful markets, chaotic bus parks and a permanent gridlock of vehicles, boda bodas (moped taxis) and pedestrians.

 

Kampala offers a wide choice of accommodation including several five star hotels (this sector was greatly expanded prior to the Kampala Commonwealth Summit in 2007), decent mid range hotels and popular backpacker hostels. The traffic, however, is foul and unless you particularly want to be in Kampala (for example to sell maps and take your kids to school), you’re better out heading out of town to the west, north or east.

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Bradt Guide to Uganda (7th edition: 2013) Philip Briggs & Andrew Roberts.

Updates on blog: http://bradtugandaupdate.wordpress.com

 

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