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Kampala: find the extraordinary in this diverse capital of Uganda!

Kampala is the capital of Uganda, the enigmatic heart of the country! The city has more than 1.5 million residents, constantly on the move and keeping the city alive. Kampala has something for every kind of traveller, from upmarket boutiques to authentically-local market places. Top attractions include Kasubi Tombs, Uganda National Mosque and Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine.

Plan your trip to this wonderful city with cheap flights to Kampala for a limited period of time! Kampala is home to Entebbe International Airport (EBB), located on a 1-hour drive from Kampala city. Entebbe International Airport serves South African Airways, Kenya Airways, and other regional airlines. Popular non-stop flights to Entebbe depart from Johannesburg and popular connecting flights depart from Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Entebbe is approximately 4 hours.

Why visit Kampala


Religious Monuments

From the sacred tombs of the Buganda people to the only temple of the Baha’i faith in all of Africa, the city has a large number of religious places to visit and be intrigued by.


Lake Victoria

Visit one of Africa’s Great Lakes, the largest in the continent, Lake Victoria! The lake travels through five countries, so be sure to catch it streaming through Kampala.


National Museum

The wealth of history and artefacts, from before the Liberation War and beyond, can be found on the walls and shelves of the National Museum of Uganda, in Kampala.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Uganda
Currency Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 270.55 UGX
Language Swahili / English
Hub Airport Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Time Zone GMT +3
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Kampala

Kampala has a tropical climate with wet and dry seasons. The dry season is the most popular time to visit the city and its surrounding areas as this is when the national parks in the vicinity are all open for wildlife viewing. The dry season falls between the months of June to August, and again from December to February. The wettest month of the year is April.

Weather & Climate in Kampala

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 17°C 18°C 17°C 17°C 18°C 16°C 16°C 16°C 17°C 17°C 17°C
High °C 22°C 22°C 23°C 23°C 25°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 23°C
Rainfall (mm) 70 63 131 170 117 70 63 95 108 138 148 90

Nature lovers rejoice as Uganda belongs to the Great Lakes region of East Africa, along with Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. As such, the top attraction in Kampala is Lake Victoria, one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes with a coastline of 3.2km and an area of 68.8 square km.

If you’re looking for a relaxation retreat, visit the Kalangala Island or the Bulago Island to enjoy natural tropical forests and sandy beaches where you can sunbathe and swim all day. At Lake Victoria you can also enjoy bird watching, scenic walks and go on safari.

The Kasubi tombs, the remains of the Kings of Buganda, offer a snapshot of Ugandan tribal history. Although they were extensively damaged by fire in March 2010, they narrate the story of the Buganda Kingdom. In Kampala city centre, the Uganda Museum displays the Uganda’s cultural heritage with its ethnological, historical and traditional exhibits. The Nommo art gallery, the National Theatre and many of Kampala’s numerous cathedrals are also worth sightseeing in the city.

Love open markets? Visit the Owino Market, the busiest market in the city, where you can find everything under the sun. Other popular markets in Kampala are the Nakasero market for fruits and vegetables, the craft market on Buganda Road near the Garden City complex, and the art market behind the National Theatre.

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South African passport holders do not require a visa to travel to Uganda. Tourist visas are issued on arrival. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months and three blank pages available for entry stamps.

For more information, please contact the High Commission of Uganda:

882 Stanza Bopape Street, CNR Balmoral Street

Arcadia, 0083

P. O. Box 12442

Hatfield, 0083


South Africa

TEL: (+27) 12 342 6031

Kampala is a relatively safe city, with friendly locals that are always willing to help out with directions or suggestions for a good restaurant. With that in mind, please practice the usual precautions and do not flash your expensive belongings and try not to walk around alone at night.

Uganda is at risk for malaria. Immunisations against hepatitis A & B, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera and rabies is recommended. Other vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, meningitis, varicella, polio and influenza. Stick to bottled water. Swimming in lakes and rivers is not recommended.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Kampala
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 120.00 R 125.00 R 44.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 30 R 30.00 R 15.00
Cappuccino (Regular) R25.00 R26.00 R 28.00
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10 R 15.00 R 7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40.00 R 43.00 R 28.00
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