Kampala, the capital of Uganda, situated at an altitude of between 1150m and1320m, is spread over seven hills and took its name from Kasozi k'impala, "the hill of antelopes". This city dates back to 1891 when the Kabaka of Buganda had his court on Rubaga and Mengo hills. It is therefore one of the very few African capitals not founded by the colonialists.
The city is marked by Kampala Road which runs around Nakasero Hill in a wide circle. This hill is home to the economically well to do part of Kampala, with government buildings, the highcourt, banks, etc.
The town achieved municipal status in 1950 and became a city in 1962. Today, as you stand on the hills, the city provides magnificent evergreen views gently disrupted by red-tiled villas, green iron-roofed bungalows, as well as skyscrappers that give way to attractive views of the surrounding countryside and the nearby Lake Victoria.
The city has retained its traditional charm, remains one of the greenest in Africa, it is a bird sanctuary, and is today the heart of Uganda. The centre of commercial life and the seat of Government, it is a vibrant modern metropolis adorned with gardens and parks providing colourful oases for its citizens and visitors alike. Accommodation facilities range from upmarket hotels with state-of-the-art conference facilities, to those for the more budget-conscious. The broad range of cultures in Uganda are also reflected in the wide choice of restaurants in the city, all featuring the rich produce of the fertile countryside and fish-filled lakes.