Nakasero is a hill and neighbourhood in the centre of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. Nakasero is important to Uganda's economy and politics, as it is home to Kampala's central business district and several government offices, including the Ugandan Parliament Buildings.

Jun 26, 2022 - 13:15

Location of Nakasero

Mulago, Makerere, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Mengo, Nsambya, Kibuli, and Kololo all have borders with Nakasero. Mulago is to the north, Makerere is to the northwest, Old Kampala is to the west, and Kololo is to the east. 1,228 metres (4,029 feet) above mean sea level is the height of Nakasero Hill.


The current centre of the city is Nakasero. While the lower part is the commercial sector, the top part was mostly a residential neighbourhood for colonial administrators. The State House, the best hotels, retail malls, etc. are located on Nakasero hill, which is 4,134 feet above sea level. The centre of the city is there.

Hotels like the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Serena Hotel (previously Nile Hotel), Grand Imperial Hotel, and Speke Hotel can be found at Upper Nakasero.

Numerous embassies as well as premium housing may be found in Nakasero. Ordinary Ugandans tend to reside towards the base of the hill, where property prices are less expensive, and are scarce in high Nakasero. The top of Nakasero hill is quite different from the bottom. It has a lively African street scene with stores and roadside vendors where you may buy clothing, footwear, and inexpensive electronics. There are also low-cost motels, eateries, marketplaces, and busy matatu taxi parks. Visit the marketplaces and taxi parks to experience the atmosphere of an African street. One of the most vibrant markets for fresh foods is the one in Nakasero.

Points of interest in Nakasero

The numerous landmarks in Kampala's central business district, located on Nakasero hill, include but are not limited to the following:

Government buildings

  • Uganda Parliament Buildings
  • State House, Kampala
  • Headquarters of Bank of Uganda
  • Headquarters of Uganda Wildlife Authority
  • Uganda Bureau of Statistics
  • Uganda Commercial Court Building Complex
  • Uganda Government Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Uganda High Court
  • Uganda Investment Authority
  • Uganda Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development
  • Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Uganda Ministry of Health
  • Uganda Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry

Banking institutions

Nearly all commercial banks and the three development banks in Uganda maintain their headquarters and main branches in Nakasero.

  • Headquarters of ABC Bank (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of Absa Bank Uganda
  • Headquarters of Afriland First Bank Uganda Limited
  • Headquarters of Bank of Africa (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of Bank of Baroda (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of Bank of India (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of Cairo Bank Uganda[10]
  • Headquarters of Centenary Bank
  • Headquarters of Citibank Uganda
  • Headquarters of DFCU Bank
  • Headquarters of Diamond Trust Bank (Uganda) Limited
  • Headquarters of Ecobank (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of Equity Bank (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of Guaranty Trust Bank (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of Kenya Commercial Bank (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of NCBA Bank Uganda
  • Headquarters of Orient Bank - A member of the I&M Bank Group
  • Headquarters of PostBank Uganda
  • Headquarters of Stanbic Bank (Uganda) Limited
  • Headquarters of Standard Chartered Uganda
  • Headquarters of Tropical Bank
  • Headquarters of Uganda Development Bank
  • Headquarters of United Bank for Africa (Uganda)
  • Headquarters of East African Development Bank
  • Headquarters of Uganda Development Bank
  • Regional Office (Eastern Africa) of African Export–Import Bank

Hotels, clubs, and casinos

  • Grand Imperial Hotel
  • Fairway Hotel & Spa
  • Imperial Royale Hotel
  • The Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala
  • Kampala Hilton Hotel
  • Kampala Intercontinental Hotel
  • Kampala Serena Hotel
  • Kampala Sheraton Hotel
  • Kampala Speke Hotel

Foreign embassies

The following foreign missions maintain their offices on Nakasero Hill.

  • Embassy of Belgium
  • Embassy of France
  • Embassy of India
  • Embassy of Ireland
  • Embassy of Italy
  • Embassy of Kenya
  • Embassy of Nigeria
  • Embassy of Norway
  • Embassy of Somalia
  • Embassy of South Korea
  • Embassy of Spain
  • Embassy of Switzerland
  • High Commission of Tanzania
  • Embassy of United Arab Emirates

Places of worship

  • All Saints Cathedral - Anglican
  • Watoto Church - Evangelical
  • Christ the King Catholic Church - Roman Catholic


  • Buganda Road Primary School
  • Headquarters of AMREF in Uganda
  • Headquarters of UNDP in Uganda
  • Kampala Central Police Station
  • Kampala Capital City Authority Building Complex[5]
  • Kampala Railway Station
  • Nakasero Farmers Market
  • Uganda Main Post Office
  • Uganda National Cultural Centre
  • Case Medical Centre
  • Nakasero Hospital

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