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Kampala is Uganda's capital city. The city is divided into five divisions, namely, Kampala central, Makindye, Kawempe, Lubaga and Nakawa. The population is ethnically diverse, but 60% are Mugandas, in whose kingdom Kampala is located. The area has a tropical wet and dry climate; but, due to the city's higher altitudes, average temperatures are notably cooler than what is typically seen in other cities with this type of climate. Kampala seldom gets very hot during the year and the warmest month is January.
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Traffic & Transportation
Public transport (buses, minibuses - the so-called "taxis"- and bodabodas) runs throughout the city. Traffic in and out of the city during working hours is too heavy for the capacity of the roads and there are normally traffic jams from 8-9.30 am and 5-7pm.
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The city is spread over a number of hills and valleys. It lies to the north of Lake Victoria and there are pleasant views of the lake from certain parts of the city. The city is pretty green with many trees. Unfortunately, there are few public open spaces.
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Kampala has a wide range of amenities. There are plenty of large international supermarkets which have good ranges of imported goods. These include Shoprite, Nakumatt and Uchumi. In addition, there are many smaller supermarkets that stock a wide range of Indian and South Asian produce, notably Checkers in Kisimenti and SuperSuper in Bukoto. There are internatonal and national banks with ATM machines. These include Stanbic Bank, Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered. The city is also known for its nightlife and restaurants. Nearly all cuisines are represented throughout the city, be it Korean, Ethiopian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Turkish, Belgian, Thai, Lebanese, Persian, Italian, Ugandan (!) or good old "continental". Bars and nightclubs are popular around Acacia Avenue in Kololo, Kansanga, Bukoto, Kabalagala and in the industrial area. Kampala has a good range of accommodation. International chains such as Sheraton and Serena are represented and as well as a number of good local hotels. Cheaper accommodation can easily be found in the city suburbs. Some of the biggest markets in the city are found in this area as well, and they include; St Balikuddembe market (formerly Owino) and Nakasero market. There are a number of stadiums which host national and international concerts and sports matches. These are located at Lugogo and at the Mandela stadium. Uganda's second largest stadium the Nakivubo (Mutesa II memorial) stadium, is located in the city centre..
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Kampala has a good range of national and international schools. International schools include International School of Uganda (ISU) Kampala International School Uganda (KISU), Rainbow International School, Ambroseli International School and Heritage International School. There are "local" schools of all levels. These include universities such as Makerere, Kyambogo, Victoria, Kampala International University, the International University of East Africa, Kampala University and Makerere University of Business Studies (MUBS)- Nakawa; the Uganda Management Institute along Jinja road, the Uganda Institute of Information Technology; the Uganda- Japan technical corporation has some of the tertiary institutions, too. Secondary schools include Kitante Hhill school, Kololo Senior Secondary School, Kololo City High School, Makerere College School, Lakeside College - Luzira, Kitintale Progressive Secondary School and Uphill College - Mbuya. Buganda road, Shimon Demonstration School, Sir Apollo Kaggwa, Kampala Parents and East Kololo are some of the many primary schools found in Kampala.
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Hospitals & Clinics
The city has a number of hospitals: Mulago Hospital is built on Mulago hill, China-Uganda Ffriendship Hospital is located in Naguru, International Hospital Kololo, International Hospital Muyenga and Kadic Hospital in Bukoto, among others. The Surgery, a general medical practice in Kololo, is popular with expats.
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Development & Trend
The newly transformed KCCA came up with new and different ideas concerning the development of the city, this has been witnessed by the demolition of Nakawa- Naguru estates that had grown old and were looking out of shape to be in the capital city of the country and the area is set for modernisation, the KCCA also has plans of demolishing other similar areas that make the city look bad with a proposal that people build either middle class or up scale homes and business centres like well organised and clean farmers markets. This has been seen as a set back by many and a way of development by a few. The KCCA has also taken up the responsibility of building and clearing every poor road around the city.
E.g. "The government is building a new road...", "A housing estate is being developed...", "It's becoming the second centre of nightlife in the capital."
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