Uganda is a land-locked country located in East Africa and occupying 236,040 sq km of land. She is bordered by DR Congo in the West, Kenya in the East, Sudan in the North, Tanzania in the South and Rwanda in the South-West. Uganda is best known for the River Nile, its greenery and its friendly people. She has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with excellent national parks and reserves, that showcase Uganda’s wide variety of wildlife including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and over 1050 species of birds.
Capital City: Kampala
Commercial Centres: Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe
International Airport: Entebbe
Population: 33 million
Language: English is the official national language but other local languages like Luganda, Lwo and Kiswahili are spoken throughout the country.
Standard Time Zone: GMT + 3
Currency: Ugandan Shilling
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 13h00, 14h00 – 17h00 Banks: Monday – Friday 08h30-18h00. Some banks open on Saturdays and Sundays from 08h30-21h00, with 24hr ATM operations.
Climate: Tropical climate with varied sunny and rainy seasons
Inoculations: Yellow fever is mandatory. Malaria prophylaxis, Typhoid, Cholera and Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus inoculations are Recommended. Check current medical advice.
Food: Uganda is endowed with an abundance of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables that are readily available in the city centre markets. Several restaurants serve both traditional and international cuisines to suit your tastes.
Alcohol: Bell, Club and Nile Special are excellent beers produced locally. Most spirits and wines are imported and readily available at reasonable prices.
Transport: The roads are generally in bad condition. Four wheel Drive vehicles are necessary for travel in the game parks or up country. Domestic Airlines are available too.
Insurance: It is advised to buy travel insurance through your travel agent before coming to Uganda. However, there are international standard hospitals and emergency evacuation services to handle life-threatening occurrences.
10 THINGS YOU MUST DO WHEN IN UGANDA
Visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, the window to Uganda
Gorilla and Chimp Trekking: 15 years and above (check the Uganda Wildlife Authority website for latest information)
Climb the Snow-Capped Rwenzori mountains
Tour Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks
Dance to traditional performances at the Ndere Centre and the National Theatre
Bungee jumping and white-water rafting in the River Nile (Contact Nile River Explorers)
Boat ride/sunset cruise on Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest crater lake in Africa or Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world
Forest walks in Mabira, Kibaale and others
Go shopping for arts and crafts