All you need to know when in Kampala.
Global Community Network InterNations in 2017 conducted the annual Expat Insider Survey, covering more than 14,000 expats from 191 countries. In this survey, Uganda received the highest ratings as the friendliest country for Expatriates. Many expatriates remarked that they love Uganda and find it safe for raising their families.
“Every single parent rates the friendliness of the local Uganda population towards children positively, and 68 per cent are even completely satisfied with the warm attitude towards families,” InterNations said in its findings.
So whenever you are in Kampala, always have us in mind because we are located close to all social and business centers in and around Uganda’s capital city.
Kampala being a fast-growing urban center with an estimated population of about 1.6 million, the current infrastructure doesn’t meet the growing transportation demands of this expanding population.
If you find yourself on the road during rush hour, you could end up sitting in traffic for hours! Obtaining knowledge about the different transport options available, the peak hours and the shortcuts will help you prepare well and mitigate the traffic inconvenience.
Some guests can opt for car rental services that can be provided by FASO hotel or other service providers like Uber, Quick Taxi, Taxify, Friendship, among others which are available at a particular fee. These are probably the safest and fastest way for a group of 3 to 5 people travelling together in, around and outside Kampala.
If a guest is travelling to a destination within Kampala but a good distance from the hotel, or outside Kampala (and back) and is using car rental services, in order not to encounter a lot of jam the best time to move in the morning is between 0900hrs and 1200hrs, and 0200hrs and 0400hrs/0500hrs in the evening. The fee paid is dependent on how far you are going and the jam on the road at the time of your travel.
Boda Bodas (commercial motor cycles) are the fastest but honestly dangerous means of transport. But a ride on them will leave a fresh breeze on you as you navigate through the traffic in record time. A guest in our hotel can get around the city on one (remembering to carry your own helmet and asking the rider to go slow) as it can easily find its way through the jam and get you to your destination in time.
One can download the Safe Boda app to find a rider nearby, or visit the Tugende VIP’s website for riders’ profiles and phone contact, or our hotel can recommend a trusted boda rider. As a last resort, you can just stand on the road and wave down any moving boda-boda, agree on fares to where you are headed and thereafter hit the road.
If you have intentions of using boda bodas anytime during your stay, look out for the boda rider whose skills you appreciate, get their contact number and ask for their working hours so that they are always just a phone call away.
However, be cautious when jumping on an old boda boda. Also, it is highly advisable to take a boda boda from the boda stage. Non-stage bodas have been known to take their passengers to remote locations and rob or assault them. Plus, take a good look at the boda rider before heading off; a drunk rider doesn’t deserve your business. Always negotiate the price before you jump on a boda. And it usually helps if you have an idea of how much the ride will cost before you start negotiating else some rider may try to cheat you. Also, knowing a bit of Luganda (as it is the commonly spoken language among these riders) will come in handy especially when greeting and thanking them. When you get to know them, most boda riders are friendly and polite guys looking to make a bit of cash on a daily basis. If you treat them with respect, they will treat you as their most valued customer.