Kampala Hill
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Kampala Hill

Kampala Hill, commonly referred to as Old Kampala, is a hill in the center of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.


Street in Old Kampala
Road transport

Kampala Hill is bordered by Makerere to the north, Nakasero to the east, Mengo to the south and Namirembe to the west. When calculating distances between Kampala and other places, Kampala Hill is often taken as the starting point. The coordinates of the hill are:0°18'55.0"N, 32°34'07.0"E (Latitude: 0.315278; Longitude: 32.568611).[1]


Kampala hill was the nucleus of the city of Kampala. When the city expanded to other neighboring hills, the place began to be referred to as Old Kampala, a name that is still in use today, 120 years later. As of June 2014, the hill is a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood with high-rise apartment complexes, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, bed-and-breakfast establishments and several motels. The neighborhood is a beehive of activity, both during the week and on weekends.[2]


Before the arrival of the British, Kampala Hill, along with the neighboring environs, was a favorite hunting ground of the King of Buganda. The area was particularly rich with game, especially Impala, a type of African antelope. The word Impala, most probably comes from the Zulu language. The British referred to the hill as the Hill of the Impala. The Luganda translation comes to Akasozi K'empala. Through repeated usage, the name of the place eventually became Kampala. The name then came to apply to the entire city.

Frederick Lugard, a British mercenary in the pay of Imperial British East Africa Company arrived in Uganda in the 1890s, built his fort on top of the hill. The original fort was relocated to a different site on the hill in 2003, to accommodate the largest mosque in Uganda, with a seating capacity of 15,000 people, built with monetary assistance from Libya.[3] The completed mosque was opened officially in June 2007.[4]

Points of interest

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

See also


  1. ^ Google (7 June 2016). "Location of Old Kampala, Kampala City, Central Region, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ UTG, . "Profile of Old Kampala". Uganda Travel Guide (UTG).CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Nalunkuuma, Mariam (8 February 2006). "Gaddafi To Open Mosque". New Vision. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Madinah Tebajjukira, and Charles Ariko (9 June 2007). "Libyans Open Old Kampala Mosque". New Vision. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Musoke, Cyprian (22 June 2007). "Gaddafi Mosque Is A Gem On Old Kampala Hill". New Vision. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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Coordinates: 00°18?55?N 32°34?07?E / 0.31528°N 32.56861°E / 0.31528; 32.56861

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