Kampala is a beautiful city that is often overlooked on trips throughout the African continent. Because of this, you will find Kampala to be quite a bit cheaper than many East African capital cities.
Hotels are available in every budget range throughout the city center and surrounding areas. In lower-end accommodations, make sure you ask to see the room before agreeing as similarly priced hotels can have incredibly different standards.
Transportation costs around the city are reasonable. Motorcycle taxis, called boda-bodas, will cheaply whisk you around the city, zipping through traffic much faster but much less safely than cars and buses. In Uganda, the word “taxi” has become the term used for local mini-buses that travel throughout the country. If you are looking for a private taxi, ask for a “special hire” or “private hire”. Be sure to negotiate prices with private hires and boda-bodas before beginning your journey or you may be in for a shock at the end of the trip! Mini-buses travel the city and country for cheap prices. Just tell the driver your desired destination and he will tell you if he’s going there.
There is a huge range of restaurants, bars and street stalls in Kampala. Local food is very cheaply priced while tourist haunts can be nearly as much as a mid range American restaurant.
Kampala is a great jumping off point for rafting the Nile, gorilla trekking and exploring the National Parks but it’s worth staying in the city for a few days to enjoy the culture and history.