Nakasero hill is one of the seven hills of Kampala and the central district for business in Kampala. Nakasero is the administrative capital of Uganda. The hill derives its name from a group of ladies who used to weave baskets (locally known as ebisero) from this place, which they sold in diverse parts of the continent. Because of this man people were prompted to call it ‘ewobusero’ later modified to Nakasero”. These baskets were also sold in the local market, apparently called Nakasero market along Kampala’s Dastur Street. Today known for the all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetable both tropical and exotic.
The hill is barely residential save for the presidential state house the rest are mainly offices churches, hospitals and the likes. The lower part of the hill accommodates the several businesses and other commercial activities of the city that is to say the taxi parks, fresh produce market and processed foods along with other utilities, shopping arcades, banks and regular restaurants. Close to hill top are government buildings like the Parliament, the main KCCA headquarters and many other government buildings.
The Nakasero Hill top has some of the most luxurious hotels, cafeterias and restaurants in town. This makes it one of the most luxurious addresses. The north and eastern slopes shelters various diplomatic missionaries to Uganda and the homes of ambassadors including the south African high commission, the French embassy, the royal Danish embassy, Nigerian high commission among others. With such establishment the growth rate of this hill is thriving and for now we can say it is in a good place and an attractive place for an investor.
Like all the major hills on Which Kampala was built, Nakasero hill has landmarks and like earlier mentioned it is the administrative capital with lots of government buildings like; Kampala State House, Bank of Uganda, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Government Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, High Court of Uganda, Uganda Investment Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Internal Affairs among others.
Other important landmarks are the headquarters of different banks for example: Headquarters of ABC Bank (Uganda), Uganda Development Bank, Barclays Bank, Centenary Bank, DFCU Bank, East African Development Bank, Housing Finance Bank, Stanbic Bank Limited, Bank of Africa (Uganda), Bank of Baroda and United Bank for Africa among others. Major hotels casinos and restaurants suitable for travelers and high end or high profile people like ; Emin Pasha Hotel, Grand Imperial Hotel, Fairway Hotel, Kampala Club, Kampala Casino, Kampala Hilton Hotel, Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel and UDC (Uganda Doctors Club).
The hill is not only dorminated by luxury and work, worship education and health are an important part of life and have also been incorporated into the planning of the central business district of the country. All Saints Cathedral (Anglican), Christ the King Church (Roman Catholic) and the Nakasero Mosque (Islam) are the only three places of worship on this hill to cater for the three major religious denominations in the country and these places are very popular among believers. A number of private hospital also save lives on the same hill for example they st Catherine’s hospital, Case clinic, Nakasero hospital among others.
And finally the most important, the educational institution, this beautiful and serene hill has two of the greates primary schools in Kampala. These are Buganda Road Primary School and Nakasero Primary School.