Kampala is a compelling and confident city, the centre of political intrigue, commercial activity and intellectual excellence in Uganda. Today’s forward-looking capital is vastly different from the battered city to which it was reduced to in the 1980s. Modern buildings have sprung up all over the city, and old, dilapidated ones are slowly being renovated. But it’s not only the buildings that are in better shape; there is a confidence about Kampala residents today that is infectious. Kampala cuts it.
Best places to stay in Kampala
East Africa travel guide
Gentle gorillas, stampeding wildebeest, snow-capped peaks, paradisiacal beaches and an amazing array of tribal cultures - all this and more await you in East Africa, one of Africa's most enticing corners.
Africa - Uganda (Chapter)
Emerging from the shadows of a dark history, a new dawn of tourism has risen in Uganda. It’s home to the tallest mountain range in Africa, the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. And with half the remaining mountain gorillas...
Travel literature review: The Black Nile
The Black Nile by Dan Morrison Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Steve Waters Steve Waters has hitched the Sahara with Algerian truck-drivers, ridden on the roof of the mail truck to Tombouctou, and strangled the odd Tusker in downtown Nairobi...
Top things to do in Uganda
One of the best museums in East Africa, there’s plenty to catch your interest here. There’s a varied and well-captioned collection covering hunting, agriculture, war, religion and recreation (get the lowdown on banana beer here), as well as archaeological and natural history displays.
Gorilla & Volcano Trek
Combine the ultimate primate experience with a day of trekking volcanoes in the incredible Ugandan scenery bordering Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. First, trek through local villages and lush rainforests with a breathtaking reward at the end: finding yourself in the company of a family of gorillas.
Of great significance to the Buganda kingdom, the huge thatched-roof palace of the Unesco World Heritage–listed Kasubi Tombs was tragically destroyed in an arson attack in March 2010. Fortunately construction had begun at the time of research to restore it. Built in 1882 as the palace of the King Mutesa I, it was converted into his tomb following his death two years later.
Uganda Crafts 2000
A small nonprofit, fair-trade shop selling the usual crafts and trinkets; these are made mostly by widows and the disabled. It sells bark-cloth clothing, and takes custom-made orders too. There are also some interesting sustainable paper products.
East Africa Overland
From the incomparable wildlife of Uganda to the source of the Nile and onto the sunny beaches of Zanzibar, journey overland across East Africa on this thrilling 3-week adventure. Track mountain gorillas through remote forest for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and pursue the elusive Big Five across open savannah on an unforgettable game drive.
Sprawling around Nakivubo Stadium, Owino has everything from traditional medicines to televisions. It’s most famous for its secondhand clothing, but you can also buy some material and let one of the army of tailors sew you something new.
Uganda Gorilla Shortbreak
Travel to Uganda and embark on a journey to meet one of the world's most endangered species - the noble mountain gorilla. Encounter Uganda's birdlife, frogs and butterflies while hiking through the thick jungle with an experienced local tracker in search of these majestic creatures.
In addition to its many other attractions, Africa offers incredible linguistic diversity. Most African languages belong to one of the following four language families: Afro- Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo (with the Bantu languages as the major...
Uganda & Gorillas Overland
Meet mountain gorillas and the other amazing wildlife on this 9-day overland adventure. Spot chimps in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.