Flights to Kampala
Kampala is the capital and largest city in Uganda, located a little way inland from the shores of Lake Victoria. Kampala is a modern city with many amenities and it makes a good starting point if you are going to explore some of the country’s safari parks.
The small local Kampala Airport (airport code: KLA) doesn’t handle commercial air traffic, so international flights to Kampala arrive at the Entebbe International Airport (code: EBB) instead, which is about 35 kilometres from the city. There is one direct flight to Kampala with South African Airways, or you can choose a couple of airlines with one stop options: a flight to Kampala with Ethiopian Airlines has a connection in Addis Ababa, while a flight with Precision Air Services has a transfer in Dar es Salaam.
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The Tourist Attractions of Kampala:
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
If you don’t want t travel to Uganda’s national parks you can see some Ugandan wildlife very close to Kampala city centre at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. In particular, the endangered rhino can be seen here. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is north of the city and will provide a chance to see several rhinos as well as some other local animals that are living within the fenced park.
The Uganda Museum is the main museum for Uganda and their collection of items include many historical and cultural artefacts, pieces of artwork, musical instruments, weapons and collections of natural history material as well. There is also a historical library on the premises with thousands of books, maps and photos that illustrate the history of Uganda and much of Africa.
The Owino Market is the largest outdoor market in Kampala, and it’s a very loud and busy place. You can find anything for sale there, and you should be prepared to haggle over all the prices. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, try the Nakasero market instead. Not quite as much variety but definitely less bustle. If you are specifically looking for crafts, you can shop at the Uganda Crafts 2000 store
None of the major parks are close to Kampala, so you will have a few hours drive regardless of which parks you decide to visit. Mount Elgon National Park is to the east, and has a wide range of forested and mountain landscapes with plenty of animal life. To the west, you can visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as the Kibale Forest reserve. The larger Kaberega National Park is to the north and has great populations of all the classic African safari animals such as leopards, buffalo and elephants. None of these parks is too far away to visit from Kampala and most have good roads for the trip.
When Should You Visit?:
The weather in Kampala is hot but not too uncomfortable throughout the year, and the temperature will seldom vary from one month to the next. The average highs for the city are 26C (78F) and it will cool off in the evenings. There are some months that are rainier than others, so you may want to avoid the very wet April and May. Overall, the best months to visit are July and August when it is dry and slightly cooler than average.