UGANDA TRAVEL GUIDE
The spectacular landscape of Uganda is gradually replacing the memories of an unsavoury and bloody past. Visitors are drawn to the safari parks, where families of chimps have been trained to interact with humans. Gorilla tracking is another big draw in this country blessed with diverse wildlife, throbbing forests, snow-capped mountain peaks and sparkling lakes. Relatively unknown is the treasure trove of birds in Uganda, an absolute must for bird enthusiasts!
Uganda is accessible and affordable, but not up to the high tourism standards of more mature destinations such as Kenya or Tanzania or South Africa. This gives it more edge, more authenticity and less predictability. 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.
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UGANDA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Kampala
- Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
- Area: 236,040 km2
- Population: 42,72 million (2018)
- Language: English (official language), Luganda, Swahili
- Religion: Roman Catholic 33%, Protestant 33%, Muslim 16%, indigenous beliefs 18%
- Electricity: 240V 50HZ (UK plug type)
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UGANDA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 26 January, NRM Liberation Day
- 8 March, International Women’s Day
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 3 June, Martyrs’ Day
- 9 October, Independence Day
Also, Good Friday through Easter Sunday and the Islamic festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
UGANDA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Uganda’s climate is three-quarters tropical with two rainy seasons (bimodal) annually, namely March-June and October-December. Only the northern part has a mainly single rainy season from March to mid-October. The Northeast tends toward semi-arid, especially during the dry season. The rainfall level received ranges from 400 to 2,200 mm per year while temperature ranges between 16 to 31ºC.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN UGANDA
You can enjoy outdoor activities all year round in Uganda, but the best time for gorilla trekking is during the dry seasons of January and February or from June to September.
BEACH OPTIONS IN UGANDA
If you're looking for a beach in the land locked country of Uganda, head over to the shores of Lake Victoria!
HEALTH RISKS IN UGANDA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.