Newslibre Top 10 Richest Neighborhoods in Kampala 2016
When it comes to the richest neighborhoods in Uganda, you find a number of Ugandans obsessing about them and wealth.
Often we talk about the richest neighborhoods where the wealthiest people dwell and how we wish to be like these people or live there.
Often characterized by developed roads, fences, very organized, clean, expensive cars, mansions and really really rich people!
Here is our list of what we believe to be the wealthiest residential areas in Kampala, even the air there smells different lol:
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Most people know Muyenga and it’s true, it’s not for the ones without a “gold” heart. It is strategic, only 30 minutes from town and on a hill, the famous “Tank hill”.
Muyenga is losing its glory to other upcoming and better residential areas but certain factors maintain its pedigree.
A number of high profile people leave in this area such as the IGP Kale Kayihura, Rebecca Kadaga, Kirumira, Kisozi.
Several other high profile people not forgetting the hotels, offices, high rent and high land value are part of Muyenga.
This is your typical definition of the richest neighborhoods in Kampala. Picture a Ugandan Beverly Hills of sort.
Kololo could easily have displaced Muyenga but with the new expansion of Kampala city, the need for space has pushed businesses to buy most of the spots there.
It is within the city, a residential area with an airstrip and crazy expensive to own a house there.
Mostly foreign diplomats reside here and can afford the high rent that comes with the expensive housing in that area.
Who would have thought that the once small town of Ntinda known mostly for its bars, police HQ in Naguru and now several large malls would become one of the biggest neighborhoods in Kampala?
Naguru and Najjera have slowly come in to dine with the notorious Ntinda Ministers’ Village which gets its name from once upon a time several civil workers that lived there like ministers and MPs.
This area is mostly known for the mega Speke Resort owned by Sudhir Rupharelia and it has a very beautiful lake view adjacent from Ggaba.
Many wealthy people stay there and they are not the kind everyone knows; they might be mafias for all we know.
The good news is that Wavamuno and Sudhir have very expensive and posh houses there. Moving through Munyonyo gives you the vibe it is not even in Uganda but verdict, it’s beautiful.
Buziga might be less known because it is often mistaken to be a part of Ggaba. It has been around for a long time probably making its way to the status of Muyenga.
The place looks amazing, incredibly quiet and is tarmacked. It is mostly famous because of the several posh houses, Muhoozi’s (President’s son) house, a route to Munyonyo and lots of cool apartments.
When it comes to expensive living, posh housing and well laid out developed homes. These areas are an evident example.
Kisugu is a rarely spoken about neighborhood in between Kibuli, Namuwongo and Muyenga.
It is believed to have housed wealthy people even way before Muyenga had become the center of attention.
The biggest and coolest crib there belongs to the late construction mogul, Zzimwe.
Even the first Taekwondo institute was located there, now transformed into Stafford University.
An old residential area, Bugolobi has been known for its prestigious and very popular Bugolobi residential flats.
Many rich people who live there based on the houses and mansions we kept paddling through and they have the once cool club, Gabiro just next door.
The small town is bustling because it is on the way to Luzira, Jinja and has the famous Silver Springs Hotel.
Bbunga is in the same neighborhood as Munyonyo, Buziga, Ggaba, Kansanga and there is even a short cut that connects to Bukasa and Muyenga to dodge traffic.
It is hip, cool, silent and expensive. We also don’t get why so many rich people are obsessed with this place but the expensive houses and apartments are selling like Marijuana in the L.A.
Naalya grew popular during the days of the real estate boom in Uganda. The NHCC set up several Naalya Housing Estates, built several cool houses and sold them to those who were fortunate to buy them.
It was one of the most lucrative places for getting a mortgage to setup a house, some companies also held competitions were people won houses.
Many rich people now own amazing beautiful houses there.
Currently, ever since the Northern bypass was setup there are also some few businesses there such as Metroplex which houses Cinema Magic and Nakumatt.
The true confines of Bukoto residential areas are very hard to determine since much of Bukoto has been filled up with gardens, bars, offices such as Kabira Country club, Cayenne, WBS.
However, some of the few residential parts of Bukoto we made our way to were pretty neat and blew us away.
Buying a house there is expensive but rent is still pretty much affordable.
The only downside is the horrible daily traffic to Kisaasi and Ntinda.
It is part of Wakiso and depending what route you use, you can get there through Namugongo, Najjera or Gayaza.
Kira was added as extra to this article since it’s among the growing and developing residential areas.
It is still growing but has very many cool houses and mostly houses people formally in government.
The First Lady’s family has a lot of real estate there and most of the roads aren’t that bad. There’s even a branch of Greenhill Academy and MACOS there.
This list is based on several factors and yardsticks; we wish we could add every wealthy residential area within Kampala but these are the ones that made the cut.
Sad your area didn’t make the list? Remember “living in the richest neighborhoods doesn’t always make one rich anymore than sleeping in a garage doesn’t make one a car.” 🙂
Lawk is a mozillian, director at Innovware and consults part time for Every1Mobile.
He loves open source, the open web, writing, reading and developing literacy tools that can teach the youth around the world especially in East Africa.