6 Reasons to Host Your Next Event in Kampala

January 9, 2024

by Conor Walsh & Mark Karamira-Karegyesa

When it comes to hosting international conferences, Kampala can stand proudly alongside regional big hitters like Nairobi and Kigali. Here, modern conference facilities merge seamlessly with Uganda’s rich cultural heritage in a buzzing, vibrant city – presenting a unique backdrop for any international gathering. 

Not to mention the best nightlife in East Africa!  

So, in this quick blog post, we’ll explore why you should consider Kampala for your next international conference.

When you’re finished reading, and ready to plan your conference, get in touch. Our local team in Kampala has years of experience organizing international events in the city and can guide you through the entire process. 


1. Strategic Location 

Kampala is centrally located in the heart of East Africa – Uganda shares a border with Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, the DRC, and South Sudan. So, the capital is perfectly positioned for regional conferences. Nearby Entebbe International Airport has plenty of direct flights from regional capitals in each country and across Africa. 

Uganda’s international airport is also currently undergoing a massive expansion and numerous upgrades. This includes modernizing its services and improving the international arrivals and departures areas. 

For international participants, Entebbe International Airport has plenty of connections to global hubs like Dubai, Doha, Amsterdam, and Istanbul. 

Traveling between Entebbe and Kampala has also improved greatly in recent years. The newly-built four-lane expressway has reduced travel time to 45-60 minutes, and every hotel and conference center in Kampala offers private taxis and shuttle buses.  

What does all this mean? Kampala offers convenience and accessibility for regional and international conventions. 


2. Vibrant Culture 

Kampala isn’t just a place to meet; it’s a city to experience. 

Uganda’s capital is a melting pot of cultures, offering a rich tapestry of experiences that blend traditional African heritage with modern vibrancy. Here, each street corner tells a story, and the friendly smiles of locals make every visitor feel welcome.

Incorporating elements of this vibrant culture into your conference schedule can provide participants with a uniquely Ugandan experience, enriching the overall event and leaving lasting memories. Here are our favorite things to do in the city:

  • Kasubi Tombs: A UNESCO World Heritage site, these tombs are a significant cultural landmark for the Buganda kingdom, offering insight into the region’s rich history.
  • Uganda National Museum: The oldest museum in East Africa, it showcases Uganda’s cultural heritage through an extensive collection of artifacts.
  • Ndere Cultural Centre: Here, visitors can enjoy traditional music and dance performances, offering a lively and authentic taste of Ugandan culture.
  • The nightlife: Kampala is the best party town in East Africa. If you need a post-conference wind down that participants will never forget, the city delivers! Just remember that everyone has to get up tomorrow morning for more meetings. 


3. Quality Conference Facilities

Kampala’s conference facilities are a blend of functionality and elegance. Equipped with the latest technology, they can accommodate everything from small workshops to large international summits. These state-of-the-art venues are designed to facilitate seamless communication and interaction, ensuring that your event runs smoothly.

Many of these facilities are located within or near major hotels, providing convenient lodging options for attendees. With flexible spaces and top-notch services, Kampala’s conference centers cater to a diverse range of needs, ensuring your event’s success.


4. Accommodation Options

Kampala offers a wide range of accommodation options, catering to all preferences and budgets. From luxurious five-star hotels to comfortable guest houses, there’s something for everyone. These accommodations are known for their hospitality, ensuring that every guest feels at home.

Many hotels in Kampala also offer special packages for conference attendees, including discounted rates and additional services. This range of options not only provides comfort but also adds value to the overall conference experience.


5. Tourism Opportunities

A conference in Kampala offers more than just meeting rooms; it’s an opportunity to explore one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. From the majestic Murchison Falls to the serene waters of Lake Victoria, Uganda’s natural beauty is unmatched.

Delegates can extend their stay to go on a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, or simply enjoy a boat cruise on the Nile. These experiences provide a perfect blend of business and leisure, making your conference unforgettable.


6. Cost-Effectiveness

Kampala presents a cost-effective alternative to its East African neighbors. With reasonable pricing for venue hire, accommodations, and services, it offers excellent value for money. This affordability does not compromise on quality, as Kampala’s facilities and services meet international standards.

Choosing Kampala for your conference means enjoying the best of both worlds – top-notch amenities at a fraction of the cost you’d expect in other major cities.



Kampala’s blend of strategic location, vibrant culture, quality facilities, diverse accommodations, rich tourism opportunities, and cost-effectiveness makes it an ideal choice for your next international conference. It’s a city where business meets pleasure, and where every delegate will find something to inspire and delight.

When you’re ready to plan your conference in Kampala, remember, our local team is here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us to start creating an unforgettable event in the heart of East Africa.

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