Old Kampala

Kampala Hill, also known as Old Kampala, is a hill in the centre of Kampala, the largest and capital city of Uganda.

Jun 27, 2022 - 21:36
Old Kampala

This article refers to the Old Kampala Hill, but you can read about the city of Kampala here.

Location of Old Kampala

Makerere to the north, Nakasero to the east, Mengo to the south, and Namirembe to the west are Kampala Hill's neighbours. Kampala Hill is frequently used as the starting point for distance calculations between Kampala and other locations.


History of Old Kampala

The King of Buganda made Kampala Hill and the surrounding area his favourite hunting grounds before the British arrived. Game was abundant in the area, especially impalas, an African antelope species. The Zulu language is most likely where the word impala originates. The hill was known as the Hill of the Impala by the British. To Akasozi K'empala, the Luganda translation is delivered. The name of the location eventually became Kampala as a result of frequent use. Later, the entire city began to go by that name.

When he arrived in Uganda in the 1890s, British mercenary Frederick Lugard established his fort atop the hill while working for the Imperial British East Africa Company. In order to make room for the largest mosque in Uganda, which was constructed with financial support from Libya and has a seating capacity of 15,000 people, the original fort was moved to a different location on the hill in 2003. In June 2007, the finished mosque received its official opening.



The Old Kampala hill, which is 4,000 feet above sea level and was once the centre of the city, is now primarily a residential and commercial area with a number of bars, cafes, and shops. The majority of the buildings are in Indian style. Although it has been renovated, the architecture has been preserved to protect their significance in the history of the nation. Captain Fredrick Lugard's fort's construction site has been preserved. It is across from Old Kampala Senior Secondary School and close to the Old Kampala mosque.

Additionally, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council is headquartered in Old Kampala.

This is a hive of activity, both commercial and recreational. The two main streets here, Rashid Khamis Road and Martin Road, are lined with many shops. Drinking is a popular past time, and people congregate under garden umbrellas while eating roast meat and drinking beer. And it continues like this every day, getting worse on the weekends. Even the Muezzin's calls for prayer in the early morning or late afternoon don't stop the fun. Interested areas


Points of interest on Old Kampala

The following points of interest are located on or near Kampala Hill:

  • The site where St. Matiya Mulumba was murdered on 30 May 1886 - One of the Uganda Martyrs
  • The Uganda Moslem Supreme Council Mosque, which is also known as the Gaddafi Mosque - the largest mosque in Uganda; seating capacity 15,000.
  • Fort Lugard - Built in the 1890s, by Lord Lugard, the first military administrator of the British East Africa Company
  • Old Kampala Hospital - A private hospital
  • Old Kampala Senior Secondary School - A non-residential public high school
  • A branch of Diamond Trust Bank (Uganda) Limited
  • A branch of Exim Bank (Uganda)
  • Mukwano Shopping Arcade - A middle-class shopping mall
  • The headquarters and main store of Quality Supermarkets, a locally owned supermarket chain
  • Old Kampala Police Station
  • The Headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
  • Nakivubo Stadium - Seating capacity 25,000, located in the valley between Old Kampala, Nakasero Hill and Mengo Hill.

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