Unrivalled beauty can be found in Kampala; the city that never sleeps and where memories made will last a lifetime
Affectionately referred to as “the city that never sleeps” and - more recognisably - “the pearl of Africa”, Kampala’s rise to not just continental prominence, but to global recognition has been as rapid as it has been deserved; and Uganda can now look forward to leveraging its capital’s reputation in its quest for economic growth in the future.
As the country’s largest city, Kampala is inevitably expected to serve as a flagship and an example as to what to expect when visiting Uganda, but - in an exciting, captivating way
- all it does is encourage prospective tourists and business travellers to expect the unexpected.
As The Guardian correctly illustrated in May, 2016, “Kampala is a city constantly being built and rebuilt. Its skyline is constantly changing. If you spent four months away, on your return you will almost feel like a tourist in your own city”.
Epitomising the notion, Kampala was named the 13th fastest growing city on the planet by City Mayors, off the back of an annual population growth rate of more than four percent. Simultaneous
accolades include being ranked the best city to live in East Africa by New York consulting agency, Mercer; the best travel destination by Lonely Planet in 2012; one of the 20 must-see destinations by National Geographic in 2013, and the fifth best destination in the world (Uganda) by CNN earlier this year.
For any global city, such a trophy cabinet would be reason to sit up and take notice, but in a region where ‘emergence’ is more of a recognisable term than ‘established’, Kampala is bucking a trend in bringing the world’s tourism stalwarts and economic heavyweights to its front door.
One of the key reasons for its appeal is the city’s ability to amalgamate this modernisation and this urbanisation without tampering with the aspects that actually typify the area best: its history.
The city initially developed as the capital of the Buganda Kingdom and it is the remnants of this legacy that offer the primary landmarks while visiting Kampala; including the Kasubi Tombs, Lubiri Palace and the Buganda Parliament building.
However, for those destined for more time in a boardroom than on a tour bus, Kampala has more than geared itself up for the run-of-the-mill, day-to-day requirements as well.
Across areas of accommodation, food & drink, leisure activities, and art and culture, the city has adopted a ‘something for everyone’ approach.
Visit Kampala expresses it best: “Few cities across the African Continent can rival the happy life of Kampala, Some have branded it the “The city that never sleeps”; Kampala is the city where being bored is never an option. Pay us a visit and see how we shall make your memories here last a lifetime.”