Exploring the beautiful sights and sounds of Kampala. Many people who visit Uganda and make a Kampala city tour have always been fascinated by our way of lifestyle which is quite simple but rather unique. One way in which Ugandans really get to stand out is the way they love doing shopping and if you think when we talk about shopping in Ugand a we mean finding a hundred of people flooding a chain supermarket or an uptown mall pushing shopping carts while picking from an assortment of collection of goods, well am sorry to disappoint you because Ugandan shopping is way different from your imagination.
To really have a comprehensive understanding of what I mean when I speak of the Ugandan version of shopping all you need is a Kampala day tour to Owino market.
Origins of Owino Market
Located just a few metres outside both the old and the new taxi park, Owino market is really just a continuation of the frenzy and chaos from these taxi parks and probably even doubled with no extra charges involved. Owino market is the largest market in Uganda, it was created in 1972 after the displacement of about 320 market vendors from Nakasero market due to lack of space in the uptown Nakasero market. Owino market got baptized with that name from an elderly man called Owino who used to sell roasted maize and sweet potatoes from where owino market stands today.
As of today Owino market has over 30000 vendors of which close to 70% are women. Every day, this market is bombarded by close 150000 people from all walks of life and all social classes who are looking for the best bargain on commodities because in this market, you can literally find anything that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the entire city at the best price. From really cheap second hand clothes and shoes from Europe, America and Asia to food items to art and craft items to fake or third class products like shoes and clothes from China. This market is a hotbed of just about everything and anything, you name it and this market will have it ready for you on the go.
Shopping in Owino market
Whilst inside this market, anything can be got so long as you can navigate its seemingly never-ending maze to find what you want. In Owino market, it’s so easy to enter with someone and you completely lose touch with this person until you get out. If you aren’t a frequent visitor to this market, it’s very possible for you to enter it from an entrance on one street and come out of it from completely a different exit and on another street all together without intending to do so.
It’s probably important for me to warn you in advance to hold tight onto your belongings while in here or not come here wearing classy, expensive and flashy items like jewellery and watches because as you navigate the maze in this market, they might simply vanish in thin air without you ever noticing that they are gone till you are out of it! But the truth of the matter is, pickpockets here are many as well as con artists and even myself, I was once a victim of their acts of magic or deceit yet though that alone can’t deter from having a classic Ugandan shopping experience during your Kampala day trip. All in all, Owino market is an adventure of its own especially if you are into downtown shopping hobby, this is a perfect place for to be as you seek to find anything that can be sold at really a cheap price. I guarantee you that the pros of Owino outweigh the cons of shopping here if you’re to consider them logically.
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