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Visiting Kampala Vs Moving in: What you need to Know.

Quick Facts About Uganda:

  • Population: Approximately 47 million
  • Region: East Africa
  • Capital city: Kampala
  • Climate: Tropical and Equatorial, with two rainy seasons per year
  • Geography: Diverse, including plateaus, plains, mountains, and lakes
  • Main languages spoken: Luganda, English, and Swahili
  • Currency: The Ugandan Shilling (UGX), with an exchange rate of approximately 1 USD = 3750 shillings
  • Main religions: Catholicism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Time zone: GMT+3
  • Driving side: Left side of the road
  • Electricity: 240V 50Hz

What to Expect When Moving to Kampala:

Friendly People and Culture:

  • Ugandans are warm, hospitable, and love a good time. The city has a laissez-faire atmosphere.
  • English is widely spoken as a basic national language, along with Luganda & Swahili especially among the businessmen and traders.
  • Respect everyone’s religious beliefs; Uganda is an extremely religious country.
  • You’ll hear the call to prayer from mosques five times per day.

Cost of Living:

  • Kampala offers affordable housing compared to many other cities.
  • The cost of living is generally lower than in Western countries.
  • Be prepared for fluctuations in prices due to inflation.

Transportation:

  • Gasoline prices can be high, but there are alternatives for getting around: walking, biking, boda boda motorcycles also known simply as “boda” are the main public transport.
  • Traffic congestion is common in the city.

Safety:

  • While Kampala is generally safe, exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Hold on tightly to your belongings to prevent theft.

Healthcare:

  • Nakasero Hospital in Kampala is one among several hospitals with ” western standards” where you can treat common illnesses or seek specialized services in the following areas: –
  • Cardiology
  • Dental Services
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Your first choice for healthcare and probable supplier of vaccines should be your general practitioner or Family Doctor.
  • Malaria is a deadly disease that is transmitted through mosquito bites, sleeping under treated mosquito-nets is a sure way to prevent malaria. Keep arms, legs and feet covered as much as possible and cover exposed body areas with strong insect repellant cream. Inquire from your Family Doctor about preventative anti-malaria medication.
  • Consider having health insurance that covers medical evacuation.

Hospitable Africa Tours & Travel ” The Way to Explore Africa”

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