About Uganda


Uganda is a landlocked country but shares Lake Victoria with Kenya and Tanzania, the second largest lake in the world, as a big a Sea containing the jewels of the Lake – the hidden Ssese Islands with its sandy beaches, luscious gardens, fresh fish and reasonably priced lodgings. Speaking of Lakes – Uganda is home of some of the most scenic Lakes in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi, the magical, mystical Lake that reminds one as a scene from Lord of the Rings, and Lake Mutanda ringed by the majestic Virunga Volcanoes.

Uganda is an elegant adventure from the moment you land at Entebbe’s modern and efficient international airport, with its breathtaking equatorial location on the forest shore of island-strewn Lake Victoria, it is clear that Uganda is no ordinary safari destination. Dominated by an expansive golf course leading down to the lake shore, and a century –old botanical garden alive with the chatter of acrobatic monkeys and colorful tropical birds, Entebbe itself is the obviously urban of all comparably sized African towns. Then, just 40km distant, sprawled across seven hills there is the 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 runaway greenery of its green setting.

Uganda is a safe and secure country, there is no war, or rumors of war, Uganda is a stable and secure country in Africa and visitors to Uganda have come to appreciate that and in 2012 as an added level of security the Tourism Police was added to ensure the well being of visitors taking Uganda Safaris.

In 2012 Lonely Planet declared Uganda as best country to Visit – many more flocked to the Pearl of Africa since that, the New York Times suggested Uganda as a country to visit and Uganda led all of Africa in increased tourism.

Location

Uganda lies between latitudes 4° 12′ N and 1° 29′ S, and longitudes 29° 34′ E and 35° E. It covers a total area of 241,039 square km and stands in the heart of Africa across the Equator.

Neighbours of Uganda and administration

Uganda is a landlocked country. It is bordered by Sudan in the North, Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the Southwest and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the West. It is divided into administrative units called districts. There are 112 districts at present. Each district has its own headquarters for easy administration and provision of services to the people. At national level, there are line ministries each with a particular role to play in the economy and national development.

Uganda’s Ecology

Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this impossibly lush country can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rain forest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next navigate tropical channels teeming with hippo and crocs before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of the mountain gorilla? Certainly, Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plains antelope. And this verdant biodiversity is further attested to by Uganda’s status as by far the smallest of the four African countries whose bird checklist tops the 1,000 mark.

Quick Facts About Uganda

Time
Uganda is GMT +3 hrs.

Language
There are over 56 dialects spoken in Uganda which is a reflection of Uganda’s multi-tribal society. English and Swahili are the official languages and most Ugandan’s are able to communicate fluently in English. All media and business is in English and most Ugandans speak it fairly well. Swahili is the next most commonly understood language in the East African region, including Uganda, followed by Luganda. Kinya-rwanda, Luganda.

Public Holidays

It is important to note that Tourism being a year-round activity, these holidays do not affect the operations of travel agencies/tour operators, national parks and other tourism-service providers. The following are public holidays in Uganda on which offices, including banks and diplomatic missions, may not open: New Years Day (1st Jan); Good Friday (variable); Easter Monday (variable); NRM ruling Government Anniversary Day (26th January); International Women’s Day (8th March); Labor Day (1st May); Uganda Martyr’s Day (3rd June); National Heroes Day (9th June); Independence Day (9th October); Christmas Day (25th December); Boxing Day (26th December); Idd-el-Fitr (variable); Iddi Adhuha (variable).

Politics
The government is elected in a multi-party general election (Uganda every five years). The current government of Uganda is led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was elected in the 2006 General Election. The government of Rwanda is elected multi-party system. International Affiliation – INTERNATIONAL: Commonwealth, GATT, ILO, IMF, NAM, UN, WB, WHO. REGIONAL: African Development Bank, Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), OAU (now AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Preferential Trade Area (PTA) and East African Community (EAC). Foreign visitors and tourists are not allowed to engage in local politics.

Media
Uganda is awakening to reading and writing. A number of Newspapers are published in Kampala. The quality of the news content reveals Uganda’s ever prestigious quality education and training which has been a source of envy in the whole of Africa. Uganda boasts of the first and most prestigious Journalism and Mass communication Institute which plays a big role in replenishing Uganda’s scribe folk. Many international newspapers and magazines are available in major hotels, restaurants, government and travel agencies.