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Wandegeya

Wandegeya

Map of Kampala showing the location of Wandegeya.

Coordinates: 00°19′52″N 32°34′25″E / 0.33111°N 32.57361°E / 0.33111; 32.57361

Country  Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Kampala Capital City Authority
Division Kampala Central Division
Elevation 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Wandegeya is a neighborhood within the city of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest metropolitan area.The name is derived from the weaver birds, (Endegeya in Luganda), which used to inhabit the area prior to the 1990s.

Location

Wandegeya is bordered by the Bombo Road/Gayaza Road Roundabout to the north, Mulago Hill to the northeast, Kamwookya to the east, Nakasero Hill to the south east and to the south, and the main campus of Makerere University to the west and northwest. This location is approximately 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi), by road, north of Kampala's central business district.[1] The coordinates of Wandegeya are:00 19 52N, 32 34 25E (Latitude:0.3312; Longitude:32.5735).

Overview

Wandegeya can be divided into three main sections:

(a) The area east of Bombo Road, but south of Haji Musa Kasule Road.
  • This is part of Nakasero Hill, Kampala's most upscale residential and commercial address. This area contains the government ministries, the diplomatic missions and the police station.
(b) The area bounded by Bombo Road to the east, Makerere Hill Road to the south and Jjunju Road to the west and north.
  • This is predominantly a commercial area. It houses the farmers market, numerous shops along Bombo Road and along Makerere Hill Road, as well as a number of restaurants with local and International cuisines. However there are several high-rise apartment buildings[2] and some lower class rental units in this section. The Wandegeya Mosque is also located in this area.
(c) The area bounded by Haji Musa Kasule Road to the south, Bombo Road to the west and Yusuf Lule Road to the east.

Prior to the 1990s this area was largely a slum. As the number of students admitted to Makerere University increased, investors began to tear down the slum housing and erected high-rise student hostels in the area. Today, respectable businesses such as the Wandegeya Post Office, several commercial banks and an office of the Salvation Army, have relocated into the area.

Landmarks

The Landmarks in or near Wandegeya include:

External links

  • Homepage of College Inn Wandegeya
  • Rita Healthcare Services Ltd Emergency Room & Surgery Center

See also

References

Coordinates: 00°19′52″N 32°34′25″E / 0.33111°N 32.57361°E / 0.33111; 32.57361

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