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Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country's tribal heritage through an extensive

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Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country's tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom.

Google photo by Wamala Medy

The National Theatre hosts music, dance and film events, and has an adjacent complex selling local crafts. Lively Owino and Nakasero markets sell food alongside shoes and secondhand clothes. The latter is at the bottom of Nakasero Hill, Kampala's business and government centre. South of the city, British colonial town Entebbe offers beaches, plus boating and fishing trips on Lake Victoria. Kampala is also a gateway for exploring the rest of Uganda, from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a mountain gorilla refuge, to Queen Elizabeth National Park, whose wetlands, rainforests and plains shelter lions and elephants.

WHEN TO VISIT

Kampala is a year-round destination. Although near the Equator, its weather is cooled by its highland setting. Peak season is Dec–Jan when many tourists head off on safari around the country. This period, alongside Jun–Aug, is the dry season. There are usually heavy rains Mar–May and Oct–Nov. The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts (Sep) is a celebration of Ugandan music, art, film and theatre. The huge Kampala City Festival (Oct) offers colourful street parades, music and a vibrant party atmosphere.

Photo from Googe by Environment