Living a stride the equator in the HEART OF Sub- Saharan Africa is a country of incredible beauty. Boarded by Kenya in the east, Tanzania in the south, Rwanda in south–west, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west and Sudan in the North makes Uganda a landlocked country.
Uganda is roughly the size of the United Kigdom with a toatal area of 236.040sq Km, 1999, 710km is land the rest is marshland, lakes and Rivers. It has a population of about 25 million people.
Uganda is enormously endowed with natural and cultural resources which can form the basis for a lucrative tourism industry, creating employment, generating income not only in urban areas but also in the rural areas, thereby contributing to poverty eradication. Apart from creating awareness in the conservation of the country’s environment and cultural heritage, spreading tourism development geographically.
From the moment you land at Entebbe’s modern and efficient international airport, which its breathtaking equatorial location on the forested shores of island stream Lake Victoria, it is clear that Uganda is no ordinary sari destination. Dominated by an expensive golf course leading down to the lake shore, and a century –old botanical gardens alive with the chatter of acrobatic monkeys and colorful tropical birds, Entebbe itself is the least obviously urban of all comparably sized African towns. Then, just 40km distant, sprawled across seven hills, there is the capital Kampala.
The bright modern feel of this bustling, cosmopolitan city reflects the ongoing economic growth and political stability that has characterized Uganda since 1986, and is complemented by the sloping spaciousness and runway greenery of its garden setting.
Form of government: democratic state
President: Yoweri Kaguta Museven
Head of government: President
Legislature: Unicameral legislature
Constitution: 8 October 1995
High court: Supreme Court
Voting qualifications universal at age 18
Lake Victoria and the Nile River together create one of the best-watered areas of Africa.
The Highest pick is Mt Stanley (5109m) in the Rwenzori Mountains.
As most of Uganda is at a fairly constant altitude, with mountains only in the West (Rwenzori Mountains) East (Mt. Elgon) the bulk of the country is tropical, with temperatures averaging about 26c during the day and 16c at night. The dry season is in the months of December to February with temperatures up to 30c. The highlands can be considerably cooler at night. The rainy seasons are generally from April to May and October to November
English (official), Luganda, Swahil, other Bantu and Nilo- Saharan Languages Lake Kyoga forms northern boundary for the Bantu- speaking people, who dominates much of the east and central and southern Africa and, in Uganda, include the Buganda, and several other tribes like Busoga, Bugishu and Iteso in the North live the Lango (near lake Kyoga) and the Acholi ( towards the Sudanse border), who speak Nilotic language .
To the east are the Iteso and Karamojong who are related to the Maasai and who alsospeak Nilotic languages. Pygmies live in the forest of the west.
A wide range of restaurant exist offering local, continental, Chinese, Italian, Indian,
Lebanese, English and several other cuisine.
Recommended that you drink bottled mineral water.
CLOTHING WHILE IN UGANDA
Light summer clothes are recommended. A hat, sunglasses and swimwear should also be packed wear like Jacket and tie are ordinarily required in official meetings. Avoid bright color, when brown, Beige, dark green and khaki clothing is recommended.
Medical facilities in Uganda are available. Travelers are advised to secure medical cover before arriving Regional Referral Hospitals are
Kampala International Hospital (KIH)
Vaccination for yellow fever and cholera are required. Ant malarial medication is necessary in most parts of Uganda, though malaria is rare in most highlands. Good medical facilities are available in the main centers, but insurance should be taken out before departure
There are several local and foreign owned commercial bank and forex Bureaux in Uganda. The banks are open to the public from 8:30am to 4pm every Monday to Friday. There are: Bank of Uganda is the Central Bank. East African Development Bank, National Bank of Commerce, DFCU, Barclays Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Orient Bank, Bank of Baroda, Standard Chartered Bank, Orient Bank, Citibank, Crane Bank, Stanbic Bank.
The Unity of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and pound sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at the Bank and private bureau de change (see business and shopping / foreign Exchange Bureaus) in all large towns, But Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted outside Kampala.
Local currency can be drown against VISA and other major cards at selected ATM’s in Kampala, Entebbe International Airport, and the few large towns. It is always good idea to speak to financial advisor at one of the Bank in Kampala should you need any further information (see Business and shopping / Banks.
NOTE: that NOTES dated prior to 1996 are nor accepted and once accepted are subjected to a surcharge.
Its very easy to move around Uganda, the road transport is the most common mode of internal transport, air and water transport are also available.
Private transport: depending on the kind of vehicle, you either rent a vehicle with a driver or self drive. The rates begins from (100,000shs)- $60.
Water transport: most parts in Uganda are covers with water. Both traditional and modern water transport is a available.
Air transport: Charter flights are available to any pet of Uganda, there are scheduled flights from Entebbe AirPort to western, North South west Uganda.
In the city centre and the country side there are so many activities taking place, one of theme are sports, Rugby, Football, Tennis, Badminton, Squash, and Golf.
WHEN TO VISIT.
With Uganda you can visit at any time of the year. Although the best time to visit is late December to late February, usually the weather at this time of year is generally dry. (Though hot).and mid June to mid August.
Apart from the following countries: Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Bahama, Kenya, Cyprus, Antigua, Angola, Malta, Malawi, Seychelles, Eritrea, Sierra, Rwanda, Singapore, Mauritius, Babados, Grenadines, Zambia, Tanzania, Italy, Comoros, leon. The citizens of most country require a visa ($50 single entry).