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Uganda At A Glance

What no one tells you is how surprisingly and beautifully green Uganda is. This heavenly garden of Africa is almost like a shock of emerald flora. The republic of Uganda covers 91,134 square miles and is situated right on top of the Equator between Zaire and Kenya in East Africa. Uganda At A Glance will give the best guide to Uganda Safaris.

Capital City And Major Towns

Kampala. Major cities and towns Gulu, Jinja, Lira, Mbarara, Mbale, Masaka.

Borders

Uganda is a landlocked country situated on the equator in East Africa. Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) is in the west border of the country while Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south.

Population

31,367,972 (2008 est.)

Climate

Uganda's exhibits moderate temperature throughout the year. The average daily temperature of Kampala is around 18 to 25 [degrees] C. Uganda experiences two dry seasons (December to February, June to August); semi-arid in the northeast.

Ethnic Make-Up

  • Baganda 16.9%
  • Banyakole 9.5%
  • Basoga 8.4%
  • Bakiga 6.9%
  • Iteso 6.4%
  • Langi 6.1%
  • Acholi 4.7%
  • Bagisu 4.6%
  • Lugbara 4.2%
  • Bunyoro 2.7%
  • other 29.6% (2002 census)

Religion

Country's motto is "For God and my Country", the Constitution provides that Uganda is a secular country.

  • Roman Catholic 41.9%
  • Protestant 42% (Pentecostal 4.6%, Anglican 35.9%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.5%)
  • Muslim 12.1%
  • other 3.1%,
  • none 0.9% (2002 census)

Language

Ugandans use some 40 indigenous languages the most common being Luganda and Luo. But, English is the official language of Uganda. Though, Swahili is also commonly spoken.

Dressing

Uganda has no winter. So they wear lightweight clothing all year-round. Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, evenings be comparatively cooler, especially at higher altitudes.

If you’re dressed scantily or improperly, it'll be considered as an insult by local tradition.

National Events & Calendar

Here’s a list of public holidays in Uganda.

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • January 26: Liberation Day
  • March 8: International Women's Day
  • April 6: Good Friday
  • April 9: Easter Monday
  • May 1: Labour Day
  • June 3: Martyr's Day
  • June 9: National Heroes Day
  • Date variable: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
  • October 9: Independence Day
  • Date variable: Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing Day

Communications

  • The country code for Uganda is +256.
  • Uganda uses Telephone, telex, fax and airmail services to connect all parts of the world. International direct dialing is available in all major centers.
  • Public call boxes in post offices and main towns operate on a card system.
  • There are several cellular companies operating in Uganda and roaming works nearly in all major cities and towns.
  • Also, you’ll find ample internet cafes in all the major city centers.

Travelling To Uganda

By air

Entebbe International Airport, 40 km away from the capital Kampala. A number of international airlines are connected to this airport.

Driving

An international driving license is mandatory in Uganda. Driving is on the left-hand side and traffic signs are international.

Public transport

Buses and taxis operate in almost all towns. 

Entry Requirements

  • A valid passport.
  • Visa to enter the country
  • Three-month single-entry tourist visas are available in all Ugandan embassies (price may be subjected to nationality).

Health Certification

  • Visitors arriving from areas affected with yellow fever and cholera must produce certificates of inoculation.
  • Malaria and bilharzia are endemic.

Vaccinations

A number of vaccinations are recommended before visiting Uganda (check with your doctor in advance).

Malaria

Malaria is endemic in tropical Africa and protection against it is necessary.

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a serious problem throughout Africa.

Medical Insurance

Travelers to Uganda are recommended to obtain valid and up-to-date medical insurance prior to arrival.

Security

All in all, Uganda Is A Safe Country To Travel In. The Ugandans are warm-hearted and generous people. They are always eager to help visitors get the most out of their stay. Uganda is multi-democratic and is a politically stable country. Embark a single most rewarding Uganda Safaris with Gazelle Safaris Africa. For more Uganda At A Glance info visit our website and get the best option to explore Uganda Travel Guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Although Uganda has a long turbulent history of wars and massaccour, those are days of the past. Now it is one of the safest countries to visit. Moreover, the Ugandan people are very warm, welcoming and hospitable. One visit and your heart will forever belong to Uganda.

The dry seasons of June to August and December to January are the best time to travel to Uganda. As the conditions are most ideal for gorilla and chimps tracking.

The Uganda Safari Cost depends on several factors however the average cost of Uganda safari can come up to 700$ along with 900$ for accommodations per head.

Nicknamed as the “ Pearl of Africa '' Uganda is a very beautiful country with awesome landscapes, the array of wildlife, rainforests and several mesmerizing lakes and rivers.

With an array of wildlife and housing some of the rarest and endangered species, Uganda is home to no less than 10 National parks and 12 National Reserves.

Uganda Safaris offer various tourist accommodations in the form of safari camps and campsites in all the popular Uganda National Parks along with hotels to hostels suiting every budget.

For gorilla trekking, you’ve to hike through difficult terrain, water bodies, thick vegetation, hills and valleys. The activity can possess some initial challenges but in the end, it’ll be rewarding.

Rwanda is a much smaller country in comparison to Uganda. But Rwanda has more than twice the number of habituated mountain gorilla groups than Uganda. Also, the permits are more easily available. As Gorilla is the main attraction, so both countries will be better to see Gorillas.

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