Kampala popularity rising among expats

Published:  30 Dec at 4 PM
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The Ugandan capital Kampala is becoming more and more popular among expatriates, largely due to its booming oil and gas industries.

The East African country was named the happiest in the region, according to the 2013 UN World Happiness Report, which seems another reason foreigners are flocking to this scenic city built on seven hills.

Kampala is developing and doing so at a rapid rate, boasting state-of-the-art malls in the bustling CBD, but it still has the congested roads and chaotic vibe of the average third world capital city, while open markets with hawkers selling fresh produce remain readily available.

Expat Chris Perin from Canada said when he first arrived he found everything a bit crazy and it was difficult to find what he needed, but that as time moved on things became normal. He revealed that among his favourite places were the local markets as prices were cheaper, while he also liked the cheaper prices on offer and having the chance to talk to the locals and sampling the local cuisine.

Kenyan Carol Wawira said that she also loved the food, but bemoaned the city’s infrastructure. She explained that if the signs were a little bigger and clearer they could really help foreigners know where they were going rather than getting lost – a common problem, she said. She also noted that the high number of motorcycles polluted the air, and that the city would be better without them.

Other popular attractions for expats in Kampala include its vibrant nightlife, while there is also an impressive music scene, an expanding arts and culture sector and even standup comedy venues. Dancing the night away after one of the many locally-brewed beers is also unsurprisingly popular among foreigners.
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