Nakasero is the central business district of Kampala with some residential areas still remaining, particularly as one goes up the hill. It is bordered by Mulago to the north, Makerere to the northwest, Old Kampala to the west, Namirembe and Mengo to the southwest, Nsambya to the south, Kibuli to the southeast and Kololo to the east. The top of Nakasero hill is the most luxurious address in the city and accommodates the most upscale homes, hotels and restaurants in the country. The Kampala State House is also located here. The northern and eastern slopes of Nakasero hill, house the majority of Diplomatic Missions to Uganda and the residencies of many ambassadors accredited to Uganda. It is within easy reach of almost everything including shops, banks, restaurants, petrol stations, hotels, clinics, schools and kindergartens as well as restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Traffic & Transportation

Traffic here is a major problem and most roads are extremely congested at all times. Moving around at morning and evening rush hour can be particularly challenging.


The area has many upmarket restaurants and bars. Some green space is present in front of the law courts and the leafy quiet streets towards the top of the hill still retain large and mature gardens. The area becomes more congested as you move towards the commercial areas and towards the bottom of the hill property rates are more affordable for most Ugandans.
The bottom of Nakasero hill is a world away from the top. It’s a vibrant African street atmosphere with shops and roadside traders, where you can find everything from textiles, shoes and cheap electronics, to budget hotels, restaurants, markets and the busy matatu taxi parks..


The area has a variety of them and these include; Grand Imperial Hotel, Emin Pasha Hotel, Fairway Hotel, Hotel Equatoria, Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala Hilton Hotel, Kampala Intercontinental Hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel, Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Mamba Point Hotel, Park Hotel and Kampala Speke Hotel. Kampala Casino, Casino Paradise and Uganda Doctors Club are nightlife places within the area. Nakasero fresh food farmers market is one of the most colourful in the country.


The area has a few shools with Buganda Road Primary School, being the most recognised.

Hospitals & Clinics

Nakasero Hospital is a widely regarded private hospital in the area.

Development & Trend

As the commercial hub of the city there are continuous developments in the area with modern buildings and new business appearing regularly.