Uganda: the best tourist destination in the world, only 0.18% of the total world area, Uganda; the Pearl of Africa, Gifted by nature, is a country of wonders in natural resources: consisting seven (7) out of the eighteen (18) ecological zones of Africa.
With a diverse cultural setting, Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything one has to see, packed into one small but stunning destination.
These zones can be summarized in forms of: montane forests, lowland forests, water bodies,savanna grasslands, savanna woodlands, semi-arid zones and highlands (mountains). Rated as the best tourism destination worldwide, with ten (10) National Parks, several Wildlife Reserves, various forest reserves and other Protected Areas that reflect the extra-ordinary biodiversity of the country’s natural resources.
Uganda is located across the equator in the Great Lakes Region, in the Eastern part of Africa, bordered by Kenya to the East, DR Congo to the West, Tanzania to the South, Government of South Sudan in the North and Rwanda in the South-West.
45% of Lake Victoria, the largest inland water body in Africa, and the second in the world, is found in Uganda.
10.7% of the world bird species can be seen in Uganda!
16.7% of the total world mammal species are found in Uganda, including 54% of the surviving mountain gorillas!
One of the highest mountain ranges in Africa, Rwenzoris, “the Mountains of the Moon” is found in Uganda.
Rated as the most hospitable people in the world, Ugandans have weathered the storm remarkably well. You will not meet sullen, bitter or cowed people. Rather they are smiling and friendly, with openness absent in other places – truly some of the finest folk in Africa and the whole world.
Visiting Uganda is so adventurous, interesting, informative and more rewarding. It is a captivating country with a great deal to offer, and sooner or later the mainstream masses will ‘discover’ its delights. Make sure you book a trip with us to get here before others; so that you tell an interesting story.
English is currently the official national language, with over fifty two (52) local languages spoken, among which Luganda is the most widely used. Swahili is not an indigenous language, but widely used in the northern and eastern parts of the country and a mode of communication among security organs.
UGANDA IN SUMMARY
Area: 241,551 sq km, but 41,743 of this is covered by
water and swamps
Capital City: Kampala
Other important cities: Jinja, Mbale, Masaka, Mbarara, Gulu, Arua, FortPortal, Hoima,Lira and Soroti.
Country code: +256
Currency: Ugandan Shillings (Ushs/UGX)
Famous for: The endangered Mountain Gorillas, Source of River Nile – the longest river in the world; greatest hospitality; numerous mammals, the Equator and a high variety of birds species!.
Climate: It is tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December – February and June – August), and semi arid conditions in the Northeast.
Terrain: It is mostly plateau with rim of mountains. The lowest point is Lake Albert at 621 metres above sea level and the highest is Margherita peak on Mount Rwenzori, at 5109 metres above sea level.
Natural Resources: Many minerals are available such as copper, cobalt, limestone, salt and others. Water is also available for the generation of Hydro-electric Power. The land is arable for farming
Land use is at 27.4% for arable land, 11.2% for Permanent crops and 61.4% for others. Irrigated land is only 0.037%.
Population: 41,600,000.(2020 estimates by Uganda Bureau of Statistics) Explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to HIV/AIDS; this can result into lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected.
Geographically: Landlocked, fertile, well watered country with many lakes and rivers
Ethnic Groups: Baganda 16.9%, Banyankole 9.5%, Basoga 8.4%, Bakiga 6.9%, Iteso 6.4%,Langi 6.1%, Acholi 4.7%, Bagishu 4.6%, Lugbara 4.2%, Banyoro 4.2%, others 29.6%
Time zone: GMT +3 hours
Type of Government: Republic, with direct presidential elections. The presidential term is five (5) years.
Independence: 9th October 1962; from the British who were her colonial masters.
January 1: New Year’s Day
January 26: National Liberation Day
February 16: Remembrance of Archbishop Janani Luwum.
March 8: International Women’s Day
May 1: International Labour Day
June 3: Uganda Martyrs’ Day
June 9: National Heroes Day
October 9: Independence Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day
Movable dates: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Idd (Eid)
This 3,893 sq km national park is Uganda’s largest park. In fact, the Murchison Falls Conservation Area includes Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and Karuma Wildlife Reserve covers 5,072 sqkms.
Whether a unique keen birder or someone interested in an outing, a leisurely trip through a maze of channels brings daily sightings of birds, reptiles and a few mammals. Located on the shores of Lake Victoria,
Set relatively at a low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park derives its name from the river which bounds it, Akagera. This natural savannah environment is reminiscent of Africa’s better-known safari reserves in…
This “Medley of Wonders”, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most fascinating in Uganda, but the most biodiversity park in Africa, with a record of 96 mammal species, 615 bird species and several species of reptiles.
Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most spectacular and remotest park. The 1442 sq. km protected area’s scenery is unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. Tucked into the corner of Uganda’s border with South Sudan and Kenya,
Every part of this gem of a park is alive with variety, interest and colour. Situated on only 370 sqkms, Lake Mburo National Park habours 68 species of mammals including zebras, elands, topi and buffaloes, but more importantly
With a total area of 998 sq. kms, Rwenzori Mountain National Park is located on the border between Uganda and DR.Congo. It derives its name from a local name of Rwenjura meaning ‘rainmaker’. In AD 150, Ptolemy;
The 220 sq. kms Semuliki National Park is the only tract of a true lowland tropical forest in East Africa and one of the richest pockets for biodiversity. It is a spectacular park with 336 tree species, 53 mammal species and 441 bird species.
This 34sq km national park is the smallest in the country but the most scenic and very important, as it is one of the two parks in Uganda that are habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas. It is part of the great Virunga Conservation area
This 1154 sq. km national park is shared between Uganda and Kenya. It is an extinct volcano that first erupted more than 24 million years ago. With the largest surface area of any extinct volcano in the world (50 km by 80 km),
Traditionally, the industrial town of Uganda, but with the high rate of industrial development in Kampala – the capital city of Uganda, Jinja has the name and Kampala has the actual industries. Nevertheless, it is a hub of tourism.
This 306 sq km tropical rainforest is located in Central Uganda only 56km along the Kampala – Nairobi highway has 316 bird species, 312 tree species, 218 species of butterflies, 97 species of moths, 51 species of mammals
It is the largest natural forest in Uganda, part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The forest is home to one of the largest population of chimpanzees in the world. Some of these chimps have been habituated which makes …
Located amidst Kibale Forest National Park ,Bigodi wetland sanctuary is a gem of biodiversity that one must not miss. A 2-3 hours nature walk with an experienced guide, will expose the tourist to more than 200 species
Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary is found on Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa and the second largest fresh water lake in the world. Situated 23km off shore from Entebbe, the Sanctuary was set up by…
A young lake created about 12,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption that blocked a river exit, is the second deepest lake in Africa, and the clearest in Uganda. It is surrounded by intensely cultivated terraced hills,
In Kampala, Uganda never goes to sleep; a ride through Uganda’s culture and proud people with colorful history is rewarding. Get the feel and taste of Uganda’s capital city, as we take you through historic sites, galleries
The 207 sq. kmsKatonga Wildlife Reserve is a unique geographical refugee camp for huge population of mammals including the sitatunga – a rare antelope. The current birdlist is at 160 species, including specifics to water, …