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Kampala is the sprawling capital city of Uganda with an estimated of 2.5 million people. Located in the southern-central part of the country, Kampala is bustling with people, life, and culture.
Lucubrate collaborate with the Ministry of Public Service and the organisation Nobel Knowledge Building for the conference “Digitalization and eLearning for Education“. The conference will focus on the following themes:
- New technologies change our lives
- New technologies affect education
- Prepare for new technologies through education
Why should you visit Kampala?
Ugandans’ smiles are as warm as their sun. It’s been said over and over again that Ugandans are the friendliest people in the region. They are welcoming and curious about their visitors and where they come from, and a Ugandan will go out of their way to make anyone feel welcome. Uganda is made up of a number of ethnic groups from the central and south, east, west, and north, each with its own language, distinctive customs and norms. There are over 50 languages are spoken in Uganda. It’s this cultural diversity that offers curious travellers an authentic and enjoyable experience.
Bustling Kampala makes a good introduction to Uganda. It’s a dynamic and engaging city, with few of the hassles of other East African capitals and several worthy attractions to keep you occupied for a couple of days. As the heartland of the Buganda kingdom, Kampala has a rich and colourful history, visible in several fascinating palaces and compounds from where the nation was run until the arrival of colonialism.
The Town of Rolex.
Kampala is a city constantly being built and rebuilt. Its skyline is constantly changing. If you spent four months away, on your return you will almost feel like a tourist in your own city. Kampala’s streets have a variety of looks depending on where you find yourself but what is interesting is the embrace of African prints by younger people. More than 78 per cent of Ugandans are under 35, so this is certainly a young city with a young spirit. Many young Ugandans are carving themselves careers in design and tailoring, as demand for locally made/designed clothes and jewellery has increased. From downtown to uptown, you are sure to see Ugandans ever-changing hairstyles, where styles morph from bright colours to big braids to dreadlocks.
Try the Rolex – not the watch, but the best street food you can find at any time of the day in Kampala. The origins of the Rolex are not well known but it first became famous around university campuses and students’ residences where many are struggling on shoestring budgets. A Rolex is a fried egg pre-mixed with tomato, onion, cabbage and some green peppers; then wrapped in a chapati. Only in Kampala.
How to get to Kampala?
When coming to Kampala by air, you will actually arrive in the city of Entebbe, 35km southwest of Kampala. Using the new highway, you need less than one hour from the airport to most destinations in Kampala.
Typically you will be required to pay 50 USD for the entry visa, so have the money ready in cash (USD) to pay at passport control – they do not accept credit cards. In any case, check whether a visa is required before arrival for your specific nationality. Normally you will need to show an international vaccination certificate for Yellow Fever, however, the rule is not applied strictly.