“The Pearl Of Africa”
Uganda officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania.
Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country. The area was ruled by the British beginning in the late 1800s. Uganda gained independence from Britain on 9 October 1962.
The official languages are English and Swahili. Luganda, a southern language, is widely spoken across the country, although multiple other languages are spoken in the country.
Uganda lies astride the Equator in Eastern Africa between longitudes 29 ½° East and 35° East and between latitudes 4 ½° North and ½° South, at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea- level. The total area is 236,580sq.Km.
We are bordered by the Republic of South Sudan to the North, the Republic of Kenya to the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, and the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Rwanda to the South.
Uganda boasts of temperate climate even though a bulky of its area is in the tropics with varying temperatures of 16 – 26°C (April – November), and over 30°C during warm seasons (December – March). It also harbours the world′s second largest lake the Victoria, the source of the world′s second longest river, the Nile.
|Independence Day:||9th October|
|President:||Yoweri Kaguta Museveni|
Most of the International airlines fly through Entebbe International Airport which lies 40 Km from the capital Kampala. Alternatively Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
A transit visa can be arranged at the airport for those who require one. It can be also accessed through the online portal on Uganda Embassy on the spot or at any of the overland border points or our missions abroad. For a stay not exceeding 6 months, the single –entry visa fee is $50 and the multiple entry visa fees is $100.
East African Tourist Visa.
This East African tourist visa is issued by Uganda, Kenya or Rwanda, and is accepted by the three states provided having first entered the country that issued the visa. The visa is valid for 90 days and multiple entries or re-entries are accepted. It costs 100$ dollars and it is not extendable and not got at the airport but applied for in advance from the country of origin.
A Yellow fever certificate is required from some countries. All visitors are advised to take Malaria prophylactic drugs. Its advisable to drink bottled water rather than tap water.
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference; but the Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency can be changed fir local currency at banks & private bureau de change in all large towns; but travelers’ cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Local currency can be drawn against Visa and other major Credit cards at selected ATM’s in Kampala, at Entebbe International Airport and a few other large towns.
Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English which is the official Language.
WHEN TO VISIT
Uganda can be visited at ANYTIME though mountain hikes, gorilla trekking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy seasons which generally peak over December- March, June-September.
WHAT TO BRING
A valid Passport is mandatory and Visa requirements should be checked before traveling. A pair of good Binoculars & Camera. Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife. (70-300 or similar).
FOOD AND DRINKS
Tourist oriented hotels and restaurants serve good western style meals, while a wider range of cosines being available in the capital, National Parks, Lodges and some Large towns with imported variety of assorted drinks and local beers, spirits and soft drinks.
Tipping is not standard practice at local hotels and restaurants, but it will always be appreciated. Its normal $5-10 at tourist oriented restaurants. Drivers and guides should always be tipped.
WHAT TO WEAR
Day time temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. But also don’t forget to bring an umbrella, a mackintosh, a pair of gloves and a pair of good solid walking shoes and study clothing are ideal for forest walks and gorilla trekking. Don’t forget to bring a hat, Sun glasses and water proof jacket.