Kam­pala

Un­ri­valled beauty can be found in Kam­pala; the city that never sleeps and where mem­o­ries made will last a life­time

Kampala Business Travel Guide - - AFRICA outlook - Writer: Matthew Staff Project Man­ager: Ryan Gray

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.”

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