Uganda

Uganda Overview

Uganda is a small, landlocked country straddling the equator between Kenya and the DRC in east-central Africa. For almost 70 years, the United Kingdom governed the territory as the Uganda Protectorate, before it won independence in 1962.

Despite its modest size Uganda has magnificent scenery, including snow-capped mountains, thick tropical forests, and semi desert areas. Lakes cover more than a sixth of Uganda. Part of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake, lies in the country. Many wild animals roam the vast national parks, including massive mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

CLIMATE

The equator crosses southern Uganda. But because of the high altitude, temperatures are mild. In most areas of the country, the temperature seldom goes above 85 °F (29 °C) at midday, or below 60 °F (16 °C) at night. Most of Uganda receives more than 40 inches of rain a year.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Kampala
POPULATION: 31.3 million
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Uganda Shilling
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +256
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC + 3

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all travel to Karamoja region in north eastern Uganda (Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Katakwi, Kaabong, Abim, Kapchorwa and Bukwa Districts) with the exception of trips to Kidepo Valley National Park, which should be made by air.

We also advise against travel by road outside of major towns at night except between Kampala and the airport at Entebbe.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk