3 Days in Kampala

It’s Thursday morning and you just found out that Friday is a public holiday. You frantically search online for the best way to spend the weekend. You don’t want to spend too much money and you’re looking to have a bit of fun. Kampala. It’s an overnight bus from Nairobi. There’s no serious language barrier. Beer and food are cheap and when it comes to accommodation you can easily book now and pay later with Jovago. Kampala is the perfect getaway for a three day weekend. You book the 6pm bus, it arrives at just about 9am. Perfect time for you to check in take a nap and get the weekend started.

Friday

You check into your hotel and rest for a little while before grabbing lunch and heading out. Kampala is a great shopping city. You take a boda (motorcycle taxi) to the middle of town, Ovino market. The best place to find genuine leather articles at throw away prices. It’s best to get the shopping out of the way to avoid last minute rush on Sunday afternoon.

Before you know it, the sun has set and it’s time to eat. Kisimenti is great because of all the different restaurants and lounges. There is everything from pizza and beers to soufflé and petit fours all within a 60metre strip. And if you feel like shaking a leg there’s three great rooftop clubs that go all night long any day of the week.

Saturday

There is plenty to do in Kampala on a Saturday morning. You could pack a few sandwiches and enjoy the lush gardens of the Baha’i temple. If stairs are your thing, you can climb to the top of the Gadaffi Mosque to enjoy a 360 degree view of Kampala, Lake Victoria and its environs.

In Kampala, Saturday is rugby day. There is always a game to catch, it could be an international test match with Zimbabwe or club clashes between the Pirates and the Rhinos. Whether you love the game or not, the crowds are enough to get anyone involved. Kyadondo rugby pitch is famed for having the best roasted pork skewers in town.

Saturday afternoons in Kampala are all about catching the game with some pork and beers. The merriment goes on way into the night at rugby clubs like Legends where DJs keep the crowds going until the early hours of the morning. You’ll get back to your hotel exhausted from all the dancing.

Sunday

You sleep in, it’s ok. Sunday in Kampala is a lazy day. It’s recovery time ahead of your bus ride back. The best way to spend a Sunday in Kampala is at Miami Beach near Luzira. A quick 15 minute boda ride from the city centre, the beach has everything you need; sun, sand and deep fried fish! Make sure to cover up with mosquito repellent! You could take a short boat ride for less than US$5 or just have your fried tilapia and posho (ugali) as you enjoy the glorious view of the lake and landscapes surrounding it.

On the bus ride back, at the end of your 3 day weekend you’ll wish you had a week.

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