Out & About

Kampala Business Travel Guide - - AFRICA outlook -

“IN THE HUS­TLE and bus­tle of Kam­pala, it is very dif­fi­cult to find a place to re­lax. You have to es­cape to beaches of En­tebbe, a town in cen­tral Uganda, if you want to re­lax on the week­end. But even at the beach there are loud speak­ers with mu­sic that you were likely danc­ing to a few hours ear­lier at a club,” the Guardian in­tro­duced in a re­cent ar­ti­cle. “Green spa­ces in Kam­pala have largely been taken over for con­struc­tion of bars or malls. So when an ini­tia­tive to cre­ate a green space in Kam­pala is set up, it should be lauded. Maisha Gar­den was opened re­cently by Maisha Film Lab.

“Lo­cated on Buziga hill over­look­ing the lake, it fea­tures an out­door cinema, a mul­ti­pur­pose am­phithe­atre, a na­ture walk and an open air teach­ing room.”

It is this di­ver­sity that is both new and un­set­tling, but ex­cit­ing and pro­gres­sive in equal mea­sure for a coun­try and city still try­ing to find its iden­tity in the 21st cen­tury. A mall can be one per­son’s un­wanted com­mer­cial­ism to an­other per­son’s re­tail par­adise, and in­evitably these dif­fer­ences in opin­ion will con­tinue in the fu­ture; es­pe­cially among the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

How­ever, for the busi­ness travel com­mu­nity, the neg­a­tives are few and far be­tween. While ‘west­ern­ising’ in terms of cap­i­tal ven­tures, it is an ex­pan­sion of choice for those who have no ‘old Kam­pala’ to com­pare it to. A plethora of restau­rants and bars - for both high-end and ca­sual ‘bud­get’ clien­tele - line the city cen­tre’s streets, and are com­ple­mented by dy­namic re­tail out­lets at Owino Mar­ket and Gar­den City.

If his­tory, cul­ture and in­dige­nous­ness are more your thing, then at­trac­tions such as The Na­tional Mu­seum, the Na­tional Theatre, the Ka­subi Tombs, its many cathe­drals and places of wor­ship, and Par­lia­ment House are poignant and splen­did in equal mea­sure.

And should you be for­tu­nate enough to take the whole day to ex­plore, then it is ad­vised to ditch city life al­to­gether in pref­er­ence of the wider area’s nat­u­ral de­lights. Sa­faris in their droves are com­ple­mented by in­nu­mer­able tours and guided ad­ven­tures to help you get closer to the at­trac­tions you’d more typ­i­cally as­so­ciate with East Africa.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Uganda

© PressReader. All rights reserved.