Uganda, one of the most beautiful countries in Africa is a landlocked country in East Africa bordering Kenya, DRC, Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. The country has beautiful scenery as well as attractions; with half of the world’s famous gorillas as well as the friendliest people.
Home to the largest lake in Africa – Lake Victoria, source of the River Nile – Uganda is located in East Africa, with Kenya lying to the east, South Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south. With a population of 37 million people [2015 World Fact book estimates], Uganda is becoming ever more densely populated.
Area: 236, 580 sq km
Population: Approximately 24.5 million
International Airport: Entebbe
Official language: English (40 other languages are spoken in Uganda.)
Population: 26 Million
Population Growth rate: 2.9%
Time: GMT +3
Currency: Uganda shilling
Best time to travel: January to February & June to September.
Uganda enjoys a fairly constant climate with ideal weather conditions ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas and lakeshores to the coolness of the highlands, with the Rwenzori mts in theWest, Mt. Elgon in the East and close to the Rwandan boarder. Temperatures range between 26C during the day and 16C during the Night.
The rains of about 175 mm per month appear mainly between April and October to November in the South, and from April to October in the North. The dry season runs through November to March.
The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, in the north by South Sudan, in the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in the southwest by Rwanda, and in the south by Tanzania.
The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, a large fresh water lake which is also shared by Kenya and Tanzania. The world’s second longest river, River Nile also starts it journey in Lake Victoria and its source can be accessed from Jinja, a small town in Eastern Uganda.
The country gained independence in 1962, became a republic in 1966 and had its first military coup in 1972. Between 1971 and 1985 Uganda had a total of five presidents. Since 1986, Uganda has had one president – President Yoweri Museveni.
Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompassed a portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala.
The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.
The official languages are English and Swahili, although multiple other languages are spoken in the country.
It is a member of the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation of the Islamic Conference and East African Community.
Uganda is a country of many contrasts ranging from mountain ranges, to savannah grasslands, forests, wildlife, fresh water bodies, historical and cultural heritages, offering attractions like white water rafting at the source of the Nile and has beautiful national parks for wildlife viewing and relaxation. The country is predominantly agrarian and traditional customs and lifestyles are kept alive. The country now peaceful, welcomes tourists with open arms, and guests can take a pick from the highest Rwenzori ranges to the mighty Murchison falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world. Uganda’s unique beauty makes it Africa’s best kept secret and the number one adventure Safari destination.
For decades now Uganda has the most outstanding Africa tour holidays which draw thousands not once or twice every year to discover the countries National parks and attractions.. Countless beautiful photos are taken in each visit but still the natural beauty stands every year. Known as the ‘The Pearl of Africa’, the impressive landscape and weather has been used as a location for most Africa travels and the secret selling poster across the globe. The waterfalls, Lakes, Rivers, islands, Mountains, Rainforests, Wildlife, can’t fail to inspire you no wonder is one of the prime reasons as to why the country ranked best as 2016 best travel destination in Africa according to Africa travel planners. Tourists, volunteers & travel bloggers spend time discovering the countries beauty as they capture great memories of different parks and attractions and end up loving the country more than their home land.
The Mountain Gorillas at Bwindi forest & Mt Mgahinga, the spectacular scenery and the remote location of the parks make Uganda a favourite destinations in the travel world being a lucky country in Africa with the unique world primates shared with only Rwanda & Congo but still Uganda with the biggest number. Besides the islands and beach setting form cool relaxing environment for visitors from and to different adventures with in the country. The sunrise and sunset in the clouds reflect perfectly everywhere you go bit in the park or at the beach every morning and evening during the dry season. Photography is the order of the day for every tourist and your camera can’t lack what to do while in Uganda. The green vegetation stills the show that you can’t see any other colour of plants as you drive through different cities of the country. However a visit to the Stunning waterfalls –Itanda & Murchison falls is one of the most dazzling experience, looking at atight fight between rocks and water as they flex to win the battle. The sound itself and cool wind soak you up in nature as the beauty of comfort & stress free life takes over.
However the Country many charming towns and villages are full of many amazing attractions both natural and cultural which can be explored and accessed by foot or road transport. You can simply enjoy moving around on foot or using public means of transport depending on where you want to go. Window shopping in town is ok and open to everyone an opportunity to check out the country products .Another interesting part is the local country music played in most city bars and restaurants which make you dance even what you don’t understand its meaning. The park lodges and safari vehicles play western music as a way of entertaining foreign guests at their premises though some guests enjoy it as one of their favourite old songs sung by home base artists. Have never had a Uganda tour visitor complain about the country being fake but all say it’s a very exceptional destination in Africa. The time is here for you to also discover the beautiful blessed land of wildlife, culture and unique landscape. Protection and conservation of different attractions is one of the major concern for every guest, stake holder , government and locals making it a travel destination for the young generation and those yet to come.