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Kololo is located in Kampala
Map of Kampala showing the location of Kololo.
Coordinates: 00°19′59″N 32°35′35″E / 0.33306°N 32.59306°E / 0.33306; 32.59306
Country Uganda
RegionCentral Uganda
DivisionKampala Central Division
1,300 m (4,300 ft)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Kololo is a hill in Kampala, the largest city and capital of Uganda.


Kololo is close to the centre of Kampala, bordered by Naguru to the east, Bukoto to the north, Mulago to the north-west, Makerere to the west, Nakasero to the south-west, and Kibuli to the south. Kololo is in the Kampala Central Division. The coordinates of Kololo are 0°19'46.0"N, 32°35'41.0"E (Latitude:0.329445; Longitude:32.594725).[1]


Kololo gets its name from the 19th century Acholi Chief Awich. From Northern Uganda, he, along with Kabalega of Bunyoro resisted British rule. He was arrested and brought to Kampala and incarcerated on top of Kololo Hill. Awich is alleged to have cried out in Luo, “An atye kany kololo”, which means “I am here alone.” Awich was lamenting over the fact that he had been left alone in the wilderness, miles away from home. His captors and the Baganda started calling the place the hill of Kololo, resulting in its name today.[2]

Since the 1950s, before Uganda's Independence, Kololo has been an upscale residential area because of its central location in the city and to the views from the hill. Kololo is a popular location for diplomatic missions to Uganda, housing more than a dozen embassies and ambassadors' residences.[3]

During the 2000s, hotels, banks, hospitals, and other corporate entities began to infiltrate the hill, mainly to serve those who reside there, away from the noise and traffic congestion in the central business district located on the neighbouring Nakasero hill.[citation needed] At the summit of the hill, there are radio, television and telecommunication masts.[citation needed]

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest are found on Kololo hill:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google. "Location of Kololo At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.monitor.co.ug/artsculture/Reviews/Kololo-Hill-got-its-name-from-an-Acholi-chief/691232-1725100-67ie3m/index.html. Retrieved 17 October 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Mazinga, Mathias (2 December 2008). "Amazing Italian Jazz". New Vision. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.

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Coordinates: 0°19′59″N 32°35′35″E / 0.3331°N 32.5930°E / 0.3331; 32.5930