Uganda, popularly known as the ‘The Pearl of Africa’ is located in East Africa and lies astride the equator.
It is a land-locked country bordered by Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the Southwest, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West and Sudan in the North. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania, situating the country in the African Great Lakes region.
Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally equatorial climate. Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala.
Hospitality & Climate
Ugandans are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards each other and visitors alike. However, it is advisable to be cautious when dealing with strangers. Police officers are very helpful and are easily identified by their uniforms. Like everywhere in the world valuables should always be safeguarded or left in the hotel safe box. If you do not know where to obtain a certain service or you are not sure always contact the Hotel Information Desk.
Uganda has a very strong cultural heritage. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro. Ugandans are remarkably hospital and hail from a diversity of rich cultures and lifestyles. Culture and traditions are also expressed through a wide range of arts and crafts.
Uganda enjoys a tropical climate, with abundant sunshine all year round. Uganda’s temperatures are moderate throughout the year. In Kampala, near Lake Victoria, average daily temperatures range from 18° to 28° C (65° to 83° F) in January and from 17° to 25° C (62° to 77° F) in July.
The climate is tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August). It is semiarid East Sudanian savanna in north near Sudan.
Uganda alone has over 56 tribes all with a diversity of cultures in their way of life from dressing, cooking dancing and language. You will get to interact with the Batwa pygmies, Karamojong, Baganda, Basoga, Bagisu, Batooro, Bakiga, Banyoro and Banyankole and more.
Uganda’s Popular Parks
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that forms part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is perhaps one of Uganda’s most remarkable destinations for visitors.read more
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a dense forest and a natural habitat for the rare mountain gorillas and the endangered golden monkey.read more
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Come and experience the most fulling hike of your life, as the mystical park boasts breath-taking waterfalls, high glaciers, the valley of nine lakes, a variety of flora and faunaread more
Lake Mburo National Park
A perfect scenery for photographers and bird enthusiasts, Lake Mburo is home to giraffes, hippos, zebras, hyenas, impalas and others animals, and to 350 species of birds.read more
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is the most isolated national park in Uganda but nevertheless, it is worth the long journey…read more
Kibale National Park
Home to one of Uganda’s most beautiful tropical forests, Kibale National Park is a haven for chimpanzees and other wildlife…read more
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its exotic wildlife, it is home to many elephants, hippos, tree climbing lions, Leopards, and moreread more
Murchison Falls National Park
Come see four of the ‘big five’ (elephant, lion, leopard and Cape buffalo) just above the Nile.read more