Out & About
“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.