Kampala / Republic of Uganda
African Region’s Capital of Islamic Culture 2017
The area where today’s Kampala is located was made of hills with grassy wetlands and was home to several species of antelope, particularly the impala. When the British arrived, they called it “Hills of the Impala” due to its abundance of such wild game. The language of the Buganda, Luganda, adopted many English words because of their interactions with the British. Impala then turned into “Kampala” in the local language, and was accordingly adopted as a name for the city.
The city grew as the capital of the Buganda kingdom, and despite the Uganda–Tanzania War, which created severe damage to the city’s landmarks, several buildings have survived, including the Kasubi Tombs , the Lubiri Palace, the Buganda Parliament and the Buganda Court of Justice.
After the war, the city has been rebuilt, with the construction of new buildings, including hotels, banks, shopping malls, educational institutions, and hospitals and the improvement of war-torn buildings and infrastructure.
Traditionally, Kampala was a city of seven hills, but over time it has come to have a lot more.
The city is home to the Uganda Museum, the Ugandan National Theatre, features of some religious communities and the Buganda Kings’ Palace, built in the 13th Century by one of Africa’s oldest kingdoms.