Where to stay in Kampala: Best areas for travelers
- Central Kampala: You don't need to spend a decent part of your break running around the city when there's plenty to see and do in this neck of the woods. Slip on some comfy shoes and visit Uganda National Museum, The Acacia Mall and Gaddafi National Mosque. Some places to stay here include the Fairway Hotel & Spa, the Fang Fang Hotel and the Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala.
- Ntinda: For a comfortable place to stay, we recommend the Eight Winx Hotel or the Ntinda Close Motel. If you've got some extra time, spend a few hours checking out the local sights.
- Muyenga: This neighborhood's unique character is what makes visitors return time and again. The Kampala Forest Resort and the Landmark View Hotel are two hotel options to look into here.
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The cosmopolitan city of Kampala, with its picturesque setting near Lake Victoria, vibrant arts and culture, and exciting nightlife, has much to offer the adventurous tourist. Uganda's capital city is renowned for being a friendly, safe place to visit with a fascinating history and culture to explore.
Once you get there, book a Kampala rental cars to get you to the city's outstanding destinations. One site that shouldn't be missed is the Kasugi Tombs. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the burial place of four kings and royal family members, and it has spiritual and cultural significance for Ugandans. The thatched-roof palace is a stellar example of traditional architecture with its use of organic materials for construction.
Learn more about Uganda at the Uganda Museum, where you'll find archaeological and natural history displays and an extensive ethnographic collection, including traditional musical instruments.
If you want to explore the lighter side of Kampala, take a walk through Owino Market, the largest open-air market in Uganda. With over 50,000 vendors displaying their wares, the market has diverse and plentiful goods available in a colorful atmosphere. You're sure to find unique mementos for Kampala vacations at Owino.
Recurring Festivals and Events
Uganda's art scene is thriving, and Kampala is at the center of it with a full range of events and entertainment to appeal to a variety of tastes. The Ndere Troup performs traditional dance and music several times a week at Ndere Centre. The National Theatre offers quality music, film, dance, and drama programs inside, and travelers flock to the more informal evening outdoor events that feature music jams and comedy.
Several annual festivals take place from September to December, including B-Global Indigenous Hip Hop Festival (September), the Nile Gold Jazz Safari (October), and This Is Uganda (December), an annual festival that features the splendid cultures of the region.
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