Cheap Flights to Kampala
- Area Total : 189 km² (73 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : (+256) 41
- Currency : Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
- Population Total : 1,507,080 (2014)
- Official Language : English. Indigenous: Bantu, Central Sudanic,
Nilotic, Swahili and Luganda
- Time Zone : EAT (UTC+3)
- Airport : Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
‘Entebbe’ is the main doorway to Uganda and its capital city Kampala and just 35km from the city. With two runways the airport handles both domestic and international flights. Passengers can take transfers with ‘The Airport Transfer Company (U) Ltd’, ‘Bunyonyi Safaris Ltd’ or ‘Super Shuttle International’. Car rentals located at the airports include ‘Europcar’, ‘Auto Relay Limited’ and ‘Hertz’.
Travellers in South Africa can fly to ‘Entebbe’ with one or two stops with the following airlines:
Airlines touching down at ‘Entebbe’ include:
- Jet Airways
- Air Seychelles
- China Southern Airlines
- Air India
- Virgin Australia
Reasons to Visit Kampala, Uganda:
- Experience Africa from this city that exudes with natural beauty. Lose yourself in vistas of stunning landscapes. Choose from more than 100 exciting excursions that take you through steep mountains, entwined forests, plantations and green hillsides affording sights of a variety of birds and mammals. The city also offers landmarks, historic sites, museums, outdoor activities, gambling and shopping opportunities.
- Kampala has accommodation to suit every pocket. Hotels include budget, mid-range and luxurious besides resorts, affordable serviced apartments, B&Bs, Inns, speciality lodges and a great range of backpackers, many comprising 3 to 4 stars. ‘Fat Cat Backpackers’ affords good value for money with clean rooms, comfortable beds, a good breakfast, a great rooftop patio for relaxing with a drink and friendly competent staff. ‘Red Chilli Hideaway’ is another excellent choice.
- There are some great bars, nightclubs and lounges for a fun night out and definitely no shortage of excellent eateries. For a delectable Italian meal in a tropical garden setting, ‘Mediterraneo’ also serves succulent steaks and delicious grilled rock lobster and reservations need to be made. ‘Haandi’ that’s always packed with locals is regarded as the best city restaurant for Indian cuisine, particularly its prawn dishes. ‘Fang Fang’ is the best eatery for Chinese cuisine with an attractive interior and a lovely big, quiet outdoor terrace to savour a superb selection of Chinese favourites like crispy prawns. For brunch, lunch or dinner in a casual atmosphere, ‘Prunes’ offers great burgers, toasted sandwiches, appetizing healthy salads and has a playground to keep the kids happy. Visitors on tight budgets can indulge in tasty food at ‘La Fontaine’ that’s relaxed with slow service but great cheap prices.
When to Visit Kampala, Uganda:
For good weather ideal months are January, February and July. Generally the hottest months are January through to end April and from August through December. January and February experience average temperature highs of 29°C with about 15 days of rain during February. The wettest months are October and November.
Places to Visit Kampala, Uganda:
- Located in Mutesa Road, the beautiful twin-towered ‘St. Mary’s Rubaga Cathedral’ consecrated in 1925 is home to the Archbishop of Kampala but also honours, in its glass stained windows, the 22 Catholics that were brutally murdered in 1885/6 by ‘Kabaka Mwanga II’ for refusing to relinquish the ‘white man’s religion’.
- ‘Namirembe Cathedral’ on Namirembe Hill with its huge dome was completed in 1919. In the past congregants were called for services by the sounds of beating drums that can be viewed in a hut located adjacent to the church.
- The small ‘Mengo Palace’ constructed in 1922 was the former home to the king of Buganda. Located in Lubiri Ring Road visitors can view the notorious underground prison and exterior, but unfortunately not the interior.
- A definite must is the ‘Uganda Museum’, founded in 1908 it affords plenty of interesting relics and displays pertaining to the country’s cultural heritage and has more than 3 000 volumes of periodicals, photographs and historical maps.
- The ‘Nommo Gallery’ established in 1964 is the country’s ‘National Art Gallery’ where top quality artwork can be appreciated.
- The ‘Kasubi Tombs’, a ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ takes up virtually 30ha of hillside and holds the remains of four kabakas including other members of the ‘Baganda’ royal family.
- ‘Kabaka’s Palace’ nestled in acres of verdant green grass with trees affords splendid vistas of the city and much insight into the ‘Baganda’ tribe including horrendous tales relating to the underground prison constructed by Idi Amin. 1966 was a black period when the palace came under attack and ‘Kabaka Muteesa II’, president at the time, was ousted.
- Take a worthwhile break and drive south through Kabalagala and Kansanga to the fishing village of Ggaba on ‘Lake Victoria’, just about 12km from Kampala. The ‘Ggaba Beach Resort’ is renowned for eating fish on the lake’s shores with kids running around freely while you’re relaxing watching wooden ferries and life on the lake.
- Further afield, but well worth it is a 5 to 6 hour drive to Uganda’s most popular park, the 1978km² ‘Queen Elizabeth National Park’. The park provides both luxurious and budget accommodation that includes ‘Mweya’ hotels, ‘Ishasha’ bandas and camping sites. It’s a paradise for ‘birders’ with over 600 species, a habitat to more than 95 mammal species and also provides the unusual sight of ‘tree-climbing’ lions. There are over 200kms of well looked after game tracks enabling visitors to view animals while driving. Take an awe-inspiring boat trip on ‘Kazinga Channel’ that connects to ‘Lake Edward’ and ‘Lake George’.
- ‘Georgina Gardens’ restaurant and bar, just a 20-minute drive from the city has fabulous city views and is perfect for families with children. It features numerous events each night and due to its beautiful lush location is used for weddings and parties.
Getting Around Kampala, Uganda:
The best and most enjoyable way of traversing around the country is in a well maintained vehicle with a reliable, friendly tour operator who knows all the roads and imparts interesting information along the way.
These 14-passenger vehicles (mini-buses) are the cheapest and easiest method for getting around. To avoid being overcharged first check with personnel where you’re staying what prices are for where you plan on going. Be careful with your personal items and receiving counterfeit money as change.
Boda Boda Motorcycles:
These Indian manufactured motorcycles are the quickest means for getting from one place to another but also the most hazardous. Taking one is an experience like no other as they weave in and out of traffic, break all rules and sometimes carry up to four passengers at a time.
Taking a taxi is expensive, but can be economical if shared with other people. Metered taxis are yellow and all others negotiate prices. They can be hired with drivers for a full day with fuel and rates that are normally lower in town.
For travelling more than 350km outside the city, buses are fairly fast and reasonable in cost but usually crowed. Never accept a drink or food from other passengers and keep valuables well hidden.
Driving in the city is definitely not for the faint hearted and not recommended besides fuel being expensive. But if you have to, it’s best to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle and ensure all the necessary equipment for changing a tyre is provided. A log book and insurance is required