Uganda is a land lock country found in East Africa. The country is bordered by Kenya to the east, Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, South Sudan to the north , Rwanda to the southwest and Tanzania to the south.
The country is a safe and friendly land-locked country in East Africa with Kampala as its largest and capital city. It lies on both sides of the Equator in Eastern Africa between longitudes 29 ½° East and 35° west and between latitudes 4 ½° North and ½° South, at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea- level. Uganda is made up of four regions Eastern, Western, Central and Northern and it covers a total area of about 236,580sq.Km of which about 44,00sqkm is covered by fresh water bodies made up of swamps, forest reserves and game parks.
Uganda is bordered on the south by the republic of Rwanda and Tanzania, on the north by the republic of south Sudan, on the East by the republic of Kenya and on the west by the democratic republic of Congo. The country harbors Lake Victoria which is the second largest Lake in the world forming the source of the Nile, the second largest river in the world.
Uganda is approximately the same size as Great Britain or Ghana. The majority of the country is a plateau, standing at an average of 1,200 M above sea level with a permanent snow cover. The highest point is on Mt. Rwenzori which is Margherita peak on mount Stanley, it stands at 5,590 M, it’s the third highest peak in Africa and it sometimes referred to as the Mountains of the moon with six peaks, capped with ice and snow and has three glaciers.
Uganda has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with excellent national parks that showcase Uganda’s wide variety of wildlife including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. It has over ten national parks offering a diversity of attractions and activities. This makes the country a one stop destination for adventure travelers. all the parks are rich in flora with some endemic species of wild animals, butterflies, aquatic life and vegetation
Despite the fact that Uganda is a land locked country, the country is blessed with diverse attractions which make a holiday in the country amongst the best safaris to ever take in Africa.
Though not as famous for safari as neighboring Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda still has some pretty good game sanctuaries.
Where to Stay
There is international standard accommodation in Entebbe, Jinja and Kampala. The quality is variable in the smaller towns and rated accommodation is scarce. All of the major national parks offer accommodation in game lodges and tented camps. See our Uganda hotels page to view info and book accommodation for your say in Uganda.
Uganda enjoys a tropical climate tempered by altitude. The hottest period of the year is from December to February when temperature rise 29 degrees Celsius. For the rest of the year, temperatures range between 21 to 25°C.The country experiences two rainy seasons: April to May and October to November, with April being the wettest month. The best times to visit are December-March and June-September. Light informal clothing is generally adequate. But you need warmer wraps and sweaters for the evenings and early mornings. You are also advised to carry some rain wear, just in case.
Uganda, a country that bring you close to lush forests, incredible landscape, tribal cultures, fascinating islands, beaches, lakes and the warm weather. Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking and wildlife viewing are the most popular attractions in Uganda though a lot can make you love the country. How can I forget the friendly people that keep their promise to walk with you throughout your stay as they give you detailed history and information about every attraction and place of tourism interest you chose to explore. Still Uganda presents a lot of water adventures and much more beautiful tour adventures that make you miss the country after your vacation tour.See what you miss or what you yet to miss after your Uganda safari tour.
The Great Weather
Sunny days in Uganda are awesome; sunbathing on a free day after breakfast at your lodge makes you relaxed and happy under fresh air and cool breeze. Even when it rains the warm remains and it remains conducive for any tourist activity. Most visitors to Uganda love the warm surrounding though mornings in some areas are cold and misty especially at the mountain gorilla parks in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga. But still its only felt when you on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari but after sunshine takes over making the weather very superb for every vacation tour and stays in the country. Those who love cool weather Uganda is your place to be in Africa unlike those who think the opposite.
Actually, this is another thing that every one miss about Uganda either on business, vacation, volunteerism and others but the kindness and extreme welcome that the people of Uganda show you make you feel like staying much longer. They give in their best in every aspect and you find yourself biding with them and making multiple new friends. It’s not good to talk to strangers but wondering in town on a free day, using the same public transport and simply taking a sip of warm coffee for an evening as you spend time with locals is learning something new about different cultures and a best thing to do in Uganda. On top of this you also meet up with other travelers and make new friends than staying all alone at your lodge in boredom.
Gorillas & Chimpanzees
If you a primate fan you will definitely Miss Uganda Mountain gorillas of Mgahinga and Bwindi forest or Chimpanzees of Kibale forest and Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. All safaris in Uganda are great but a gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safari is one in a life time something you should do if time and money permits during your trip to Uganda. The country has the highest population of primates in Africa and it’s a home to the famous gorilla trekking destinations as well as that for chimpanzee safari tours. As many fly to Uganda to meet these beautiful creatures, still many leave the country wishing to have done the several primate treks and spend more time with both gorillas and chimpanzees.
Wildlife and Boat Cruise
Uganda being the land for lakes, almost every wildlife park has a lake, might fall or swamp. Besides, lakes and wildlife are one of the best tourist’s attractions that tourists feel comfortable exploring on free days and weekends .No wonder they miss a beautiful land of nature after their visit to Uganda. If you visit Uganda and fail to explore its wildlife in Queen Elizabeth,Murchion falls ,kidepo valley, Lake Mburo and also a day trip to Jinja source of the Nile and white water rafting, you will surely miss too much. If you in the East, Sippi falls is another incredible water fall to check out during your stay. What a beautiful country Uganda is and I will always love Uganda, the people and culture.