Over 1,211 m above sea level, Kibuli hill is among the several hills that make up Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The hill is located a few minutes from Lake Victoria, and if you are at its top you get a beautiful view of the lake shores as well as the city center with its towering structures. This is where Uganda’s first Islamic visitors settled during the 19th century.
The area is mainly a hill, bordered by Kololo to the north, Nakawa and Mbuya to the northeast, Namuwongo to the east, Muyenga to the southeast, Kabalagala to the south, Nsambya to the southwest, the Queen’s Clock Tower to the east and Nakasero to the north. It is located approximately 5.6 kilometres (3.5mi) southeast of Kampala’s central business district. The area is mainly known as a home of Islamic believers
Traditionally, the biggest chunk of land on Kibuli hill was owned by the late Prince Badru Kakungulu who later donated the hill to the Uganda Muslim Council where the current Kibuli Mosque, Kibuli hospital, and Kibuli schools stand. Prince Badru Kakungulu, donated 80 acres of land to te Uganda Muslim Council for the construction of a mosque on Kibuli hill in the early 1930s and the construction commenced around 1937.
The Kibuli Mosque is one of the few old structural landmarks that still stand tall in Kampala, and is also deeply rooted to the history of Islam in Uganda. Islam is said to have been introduced to Uganda in 1844 and was embraced by Kabaka Suuna II, who was the King of Buganda by then. He encouraged Islamic teachings throughout his kingdom and in no time, the numbers of believers grew. When Kabaka Mwanga II ascended on the throne, there were a few disagreements on some of the teachings and in the long run the kingdom and Islamic leadership were split.
When Aga Khan visited Uganda in 1941, campaigned to raise money for the construction of the mosque and was able to match up what was contributed hence its completion. The mosque was opened for prayers in 1951 and has been standing strong since then, watching over the rest of Kibuli like a guardian angel.
Although not as overwhelming in size as Gaddafi Mosque in Old Kampala, Kibuli Mosque has a classic feel to it. The mosque’s architecture will blow you away with a beautiful white washed exterior that seems to glow when the sun hits it just right. As expected of most Mosques, you will find intricate and well made mosaic design with verses from the Quran strewn on the walls throughout the Kibuli mosque.
Due to the opening of the Kibuli mosque, other busy structures were constructed on slopes of the hill. Within the same compound, you will find the Kibuli hospital which is one of the biggest in the country. The area has a number of schools and these include; Kibuli senior secondary school, Green hill academy, Monaco labs a school of information technology, Kibuli Teacher Training College, a Campus of the Islamic University in Uganda and the Uganda Police Training Academy. Kibuli hospital is the most famous health facility in the area. The area has the Kibuli central market- a farmers market.
At the base of hill on the eastern side is a neighborhood called Namuwongo, the location of the old Industrial Area of the city and the oil depots of three major oil companies; Shell, Total and Caltex. This makes the environment to be noisy and polluted. The availability of the Police training school, controls the security of the area