Welcome to Kampala, the capital and biggest city of Uganda situated approximately 44.5 km
away from Entebbe International Airport. In 2016, Kampala was ranked the best East African
city to live in by the 18th Annual Quality of Living Ranking done by a New York-based global
consulting agency. The city has seven hills, each housing an important government or religious
building. Kasubi hill is the home of the Kasubi Tombs, a sacred burial ground of Buganda Kings.
The Uganda museum sits atop Kololo Hill and features a hands-on collection of ethnological,
natural history and traditional life of Uganda’s cultural heritage. Once again welcome to
Kampala and feel all that it has to offer: amazing attractions, cool hang out spots, superb
culture/nightlife, events, restaurants, hotels and much more.
Visa information can be obtained via the link below
We have provided a list of hotels in Kampala that have been pre-approved by the UN
security department as meeting minimum standards for use by international guests.
There is a wide array of banks and forex (foreign currency exchange) bureaus to choose from
in Kampala, with several international banks represented (Barclays, Standard Chartered and
The US dollar and the Pound sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange to Uganda
shillings. As US dollar notes dated prior to 1997 are turned away, we recommend if you are
using US$ to bring notes issued not earlier than 2000. Also, notes smaller than US$50 attract
a lower exchange rate. All forex bureaus take cash, so please look around for the best
exchange rate. We suggest you bring cash and/or credit cards with you as opposed to
traveller’s cheques, as the exchange rate (on traveller’s cheques) is much lower.
You can change money at the airport in Entebbe as it is convenient. However, be aware that
the airport exchange rate is currently not as competitive as forex bureaus in Kampala.
Credit Cards: Despite what some guidebooks claim, credit cards are not widely accepted in
Uganda. At times they are used in big hotels and companies. However, some surcharges are
common. Barclays Bank (open Mon-Fri, 8.30 am – 4.00 pm), also offers cash advances
against credit cards with a small surcharge.
With Visa cards as well as MasterCard cards you can withdraw money from the several
VISA ATMs in Kampala.
Transport from the airport and within Kampala
To travel from the airport (which is located in Entebbe, approximately 44.5 Km from
Kampala) to your hotel, you can use an airport taxi or make arrangements with your hotel to pick you
up. If you are not staying at the conference venue, there are a number of options that you can
use to get to it. You can as well use a taxi (city cab) or Uber to travel to and from the Golf Course Hotel. Public means of
transport such as commuter taxis and commercial motorcycles (Bodaboda) are largely discouraged.
There are several hospitals and clinics in Kampala. In case of any medical requirements, we
recommend you to use hospitals and clinics that accept insurance cards some of which are
listed here. These include: SAS clinics, the Surgery hospital, St. Catherine hospital, Case
Medical Centre, AAR, International Medical Centre (IMC), International Hospital Kampala,
and Nakasero hospital among others. You are also advised to carry anti-malaria drugs and
your health insurance cards. Do not drink water that has not been boiled. Preferably, use
bottled water, which is available.
Mobile phones are the cheapest way to make local and international calls. The country code
for Uganda is 256. There is no city code needed while making local calls, just dial the
number. Local SIM cards are easily available and are sold at Entebbe International Airport.
You can also buy them at telecom companies’ services centres in Kampala. You will be
required to register with the telecom company to get a SIM card. Most hotels have internet,
and most coffee shops have wireless internet.
Kampala is generally a safe place. However, as in all world cities, beware of petty theft.
There are a number of tourist attractions that you may want to check out before leaving
Kampala. These include Kabaka’s lake, the independence monument, Uganda national museum, Kasubi royal tombs, National theatre and craft village, Ndere centre, the Royal mile (Lubiri palace and Bulange parliament), Uganda martyrs shrine Namugongo, Rubaga cathedral, Old Kampala national mosque, and Bahai temple.
Majority of Uganda’s other tourist attractions that you may want to visit are outside Kampala. These include national parks such as Bwindi impenetrable, Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale, Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley, and Mount Elgon. Others tourist attractions include: the source of the Nile, equator, Bujjagali falls, Ssese Island, Lake Mutanda, and Entebbe wildlife sanctuary. More information about these places can be accessed online.
There a number of famous shopping malls in Kampala for your shopping needs. These
include Acacia mall, Oasis mall, Lugogo mall, Forest mall and Garden City mall. All these
are located near the conference venue. There are also a number of crafts markets for
souvenirs as shown below:
Exposure Africa is a favourite with tourist and Ugandans mainly because of its location.
Located in the heart of Kampala city on Buganda road, this craft market has several stalls
that sell all kinds of African crafts and souvenirs. Most stalls in the market sell the same
items so the bargaining prowess of the shopper determines the price at which they take those
African items home.
Craft Africa also on Buganda Road, it has various stalls that sell numerous African crafts
like batiks and Masai. Security is taken seriously at both markets as there are guards at the
entrance who check everyone that enters. Both markets are open seven days a week from
Monday to Sunday, and shops open from 8am to 6pm except on public holidays when they
Uganda Arts and Crafts Village on Dewinton Road next to the National Theatre. This
craft market is well organised and has a number of retail stalls arranged in a semi-circle that
vend different art and crafts plus souvenirs. The clientele is mixed with a fair range of
locals, foreigners and tourists. The Uganda Arts and Craft Village market also is open from
8pm to 6pm seven days a week except on public holidays.
Other craft shops include: Maridadi crafts, Kyaligonza creative African fashion, Uganda
crafts 2000, Banana boat, 1000 Cups Coffee House Craft Shop, MishMash Craft Shop, and