Explore Uganda in Africa

Uganda
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Uganda with its capital Kampala is located in Africa (Eastern Africa, west of Kenya). It covers some 236,041 square kilometres (slightly smaller than Oregon) with 31,367,000 citizens. English, Ganda, Swahili (generic) and Arabic are the languages spoken by people in Uganda (consider regional differences). Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda are bordering countries.

Uganda is a country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Most travellers come for the gorilla Safari, but other major draws are the chimpanzees, ornithology, trekking the Rwenzoris and visiting the source of The Nile river. Uganda has a variety of landscapes which most tourists find interesting. The North is relatively flat and dry savanna while the East is mountainous and lush and the centre of Uganda hosts larges forests. The national parks are beautiful and, on the whole, uncrowded. See the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) website [3] or for details of gorilla tracking, safaris, chimpanzee tracking and more. Prices in several parks seem to be set at 20 (1 day), 35 (2 days). An ISIC student card cuts you a 25% off the entrance fees these days.

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Landscape, climate and basic hints for travelling

The topography features mostly plateau with rim of mountains. The average density of population is about 133 per km². The climate in Uganda can be described as tropical with generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August), semiarid in northeast. Potential natural disasters are NA.

To reach someone in Uganda dial +256 prior to a number. There are 233,500 installed telephones. And there are 9,384,000 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks operate on frequencies of 900 Mhz. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".ug". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery charger), keep in mind the local 240V - 50Hz.

Learn more on our Ugandan Facts page.

Description of the flag of Uganda

Six equal horizontal bands of black (top), yellow, red, black, yellow, and red; a white disk is superimposed at the center and depicts a grey crowned crane (the national symbol) facing the hoist side; black symbolizes the African people, yellow sunshine and vitality, red African brotherhood; the crane was the military badge of Ugandan soldiers under the UK.

National administrative regions of Uganda

Historical background information

The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.

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