Uganda the Pearl of Africa, a country with fantastic natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Traveling through Uganda, you will be captivated by its beauty, safety and accessibility. The friendliness Ugandans and the country’s landscape are outstanding. It is one of the most appealing nations and Africa’s friendliest destinations.

Things to See

Uganda is a beautiful East Africa country gifted by nature with numerous tourist attractions that range from Gorillas at Bwindi National Park, the River Nile, the snow peaked Mount Ruwenzori, Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest fresh water lake and wildlife that is to be found at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls Game Sanctuary among numerous other game sanctuaries.

Geography & Location

Uganda is located in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa and lies astride the Equator. The total area of the country is about 241,039 square kilometres of which about 43,942 sq. km are covered by fresh water bodies and swamps. Uganda is a country strategically positioned within East and Central Africa, a region that includes some of Africa’s most economically important and resource rich countries with a substantial market and great future potential.

The country is land-locked and borders the Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Kenya to the east, and Tanzania and Rwanda to the south.

Uganda Country Data

Area
Land Area
197,097 Sq. Km
Water and Swamps 43,942 Sq. Km
Total Area 241,039 Sq. Km
Land Use
Arable Land 25%
Permanent Crops 9%
Permanent Pastures 9%
Forests and Woodland 28%
Other 29%
Form of State Republic
President H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Legal System Based on English law and the new Constitution enacted in October 1995.
National Legislature 319 Elected members (by Adult Suffrage 284 & electoral colleges 35) and 10 Ex-officio
Last Elections Presidential, Parliamentary, Local Government February/March 2006
Official language English
Other languages: Swahili, Luganda
Capital City Kampala
Currency Uganda Shilling
Time GMT+ 3

COUNTRY AND PEOPLE

Uganda has a total landmass of 241,000 square kilometres, 18 percent of which is covered by freshwater bodies. Lying astride the equator, Uganda offers exceptional diversity, combining some of the best features of Africa, including the source of the River Nile (the second longest river in the World) and Lake Victoria (the second largest fresh water lake in the World).

The country’s geographical diversity is great. In the East, it overlaps the tropical Savannah and in the West, African rain-forest zones. Moreover, there are many existing contrasting physical features, ranging from extensive plains with undulating hills to snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, meandering rivers and spectacular flora and fauna. Uganda also ranks among the top ten countries in the world in terms of the diversity of its mammal groups.

Climate:

The climate in Uganda is relatively favourable since it does not call for very light or very heavy clothing most times with most parts in Uganda’s recording an average temperature of 24 oC and as low as 14 oC in the high altitude based areas, mainly in the western part since it is mountainous. For this reason any type the question of which cloth to wear where is answered since all types of clothing can actually suit you.

An umbrella is an important tool to walk with since there are very sudden weather chances as you can even get showers in the dry season. A warmer is mostly necessary for the morning hours when the temperatures are low and this is before the sun rises.

Language and people:

Uganda has so many languages spoken given the many tribes that speak different languages. However, English is the official and administrative language spoken in Uganda although Luganda and Swahili are commonly spoken throughout the country. You need some basic in Luganda like how to Thank, Greet, and ask for something.
Uganda is a country made up of over 50 tribes of which the largest group is the Baganda, followed by Basoga and then the others follow. The people are very welcoming and this hospitality is attributed to the respect that people have for the other tribes. Making Uganda the Africa’s Friendliest country.

With the above information we hope that you find your trip to Uganda interesting and also the country a place to stay and remember the Uganda Guide is there to give you all you need to know about Uganda will be glad to watch over your stay in this beautiful company.