Uganda

WELCOME TO UGANDA (The Pearl of Africa)

Winston Churchill – the British Prime Minister referred Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa” for its “magnificence, variety of form and colour, profusion of brilliant life”. Churchill wasn’t exaggerating – this land-locked East African country is a wonderland of fascinating landscapes and rare wildlife. It has a well-developed tourist infrastructure and excellent national parks that offer visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and over 600 different bird species.

Location

Uganda is located in East Africa. It shares borders with South Sudan to the north, with Kenya to the east, with Rwanda and Tanzania to the south and with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.

Geography

Uganda has a total area of 93,065 square miles/ 241,038 square kilometers. It is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon and comparable in size to the United Kingdom.

Capital City

The capital of Uganda is Kampala.

Population

July 2016 estimates by the CIA World Factbook put Uganda’s population at approximately 38.3 million people. Over 48% of the population falls into the 0 – 14 age bracket, while the average life expectancy for Ugandans is 55.

Languages

The official languages of Uganda are English and Swahili although many other languages are spoken, especially in the country’s rural areas. Of these native languages, Luganda is the most widely used.

Religion

Christianity is the predominant religion in Uganda, with 45% of the population identifying as Protestant and 39% of the population identifying as Catholic.

Islam and indigenous beliefs account for the remaining percentage.

Currency

The currency in Uganda is the Ugandan shilling. For up-to-date exchange rates, use this online currency converter.

Climate

Uganda has a tropical climate with consistently warm, pleasant temperatures everywhere except the mountains (which can get positively cold, especially at night).

Average daily temperatures rarely exceed 84°F/ 29°C even in the lowlands. There are two distinct rainy seasons – from March to May, and from October to November.

When to Go

The best time to travel to Uganda is during the dry seasons (June to August and December to February). At this time, dirt roads are in better condition, mosquitos are at a minimum and the weather is dry and pleasant for trekking. The end of the dry season is also best for game-viewing, as the lack of water draws animals to the waterholes and makes them easier to spot.

Key Attractions

Visit the Ndere Centre, See Lake Victoria, See the Start of the Nile, See Lake Bunyonyi, See the Kasubi Tombs,

See Lake Mutanda, Visit the Ssesi Islands, Visit a Local Market, Stand at the Equator, Visit Lake Mburo National Park, Gorilla Watching in Bwindi National Park, Bird Watching in Bwindi National Park, Hike from Kisoro to Nkuringo and Buhoma, See Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, Savanna Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Golden Monkey Trekking, Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Visit Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Park and Try the Food