Uganda lies astride the Equator, located in Eastern Africa, west of Kenya and east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, and is surrounded by three of them, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, and Lake Victoria. While much of its border is lakeshore, Uganda is landlocked with no access to the sea.
Uganda lies almost completely within the Nile basin. The Victoria Nile drains from the lake into Lake Kyoga and thence into Lake Albert on the Congolese border. It then runs northwards into Sudan and lying mostly between latitudes 4°N and 2°S (a small area is north of 4°), and longitudes 29° and 35°E. It averages about 1,100 metres (3,609 ft) above sea level
Uganda is also well gifted with Mountains that provide great opportunities to Adventure Hiking to take place in the region, Rwenzori Mountain ranges with over 5100m above sea level provides challenging experience to climb up to the peaks of Margherita, the Elgon quiet impressive and incredible for a visitor to take a hike to experience the true escape in the Adventure world
Climate and Weather
The largest climatic part of our countries’ is tropical climate which varies according to altitude. The hottest months of the year are December, January and February when the temperature reaches 29 degrees Celsius and in some parts of the Uganda can be quite cool owing to the countries’ high altitude. The mountain areas become much cooler and the top of Mount Elgon and the Rwenzori are often covered with snow. Other parts of Uganda are much warmer, but Rwanda experiences more cold weather because of its higher altitude. There is heavy rain between March and May and between October and November. The best times are December-March and June-September. It can be somewhat rainy then, but not as rainy as in the rainy season, March-June. December-February and June-July are the driest seasons.
Uganda’s Wildlife Biodiversity
Uganda is one of only three countries where it is possible to visit mountain gorillas. Uganda holds much of her wildlife in the National parks including the two that act as homes for the Mountain gorillas that are the number one Uganda’s prime tourist attraction. The vast majority of these are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with a few others in Mgahinga National Park both in southwestern Uganda. Other spectacular parks include Kibale Forest National park famously known for it’s greatest numbers of Chimpanzee and primates, Semiliki for its unique hot spring and wildlife, Kidepo which is ranked the most beautiful parks enriched with wildlife, Murchison falls this offer visitors to spot all the big game, Mburo National park strategically located a few Kilometers from the capital Kampala offers great opportunities to do bird watching trips. Not to forget the most amazing Queen Elizabeth National Park where one can find the rare tree climbing lions – Ishasha Sector of Uganda
The government of Uganda is elected in a multi-party general election (Uganda in every five years). The current government of Uganda is led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was elected in the early 2011 General Election.
Tourists Lodging and Accommodation
Uganda provides a wide selection of the best hotels and accommodation establishments in Uganda’s major towns as well as safari lodges in any part of the country. A number of good hotels are available to choose from to suit every budget. Elsewhere across the country and in the National Parks, hotels and inns are generally available, but quality of service and quantity of rooms vary greatly. We take the utmost care in booking decent Hostels and Lodges for our guests.
The official language is English though Swahili and Luganda are commonly spoken throughout in Uganda. Teach yourself some basic Luganda and Swahili words
Certificates are required for vaccination against yellow fever. Check current medical advice on typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. It is advisable to start anti-malaria medications 10 days prior to arrival and continue with the same until 14 days after leaving East Africa. Our guests are also encouraged to take make their own insurance arrangements for the time they will be in Africa. You need to consult with your local Doctor for advice on Medication
Several international banks operate in Kampala including Barclay’s bank, Standard Chartered bank and Stanbic bank. Many local banks and foreign exchange bureaus also operate across the country.
Generally the banking hours are 8.30a.m to 4:00p.m – Monday to Friday, though some institutions are open longer hours and on Saturdays. There are no longer restrictions on foreign exchange transactions and currency is easily convertible.
You can change dollars or pounds into local shillings very easily.
We advise English visitors to take pound sterling, as you will get better value on exchange. Travelers cheque’s are also acceptable but can sometimes take a lot of time to get exchanged.
AMEX, Visa and Master Card are only accepted at a few choice establishments and in banks in the cities; you can now use your visa card to draw money from your account in Europe or America. We however advise that you bring cash to be on the safe side.
The Shilling is the currency used in Uganda but some people will take dollars and pounds in cash. The exchange rates vary from time to time but are readily available from banks and Forex bureaus.
Uganda is GMT +3 hrs