About Uganda

Uganda is the Pearl of Africa, a country with fantastic natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures.

Traveling through Uganda you will be captivated by its beauty, overwhelmed by the friendliness of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.

Location

Uganda lies astride the Equator in Eastern Africa between longitudes 29 ½° East and 35° East and between latitudes 4 ½° North and ½° South, at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea- level. The total area is 236,580sq.km.

We are bordered by the Republic of South Sudan to the North, the Republic of Kenya to the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, and the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Rwanda to the South.

Overview

Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this uniquely lush destination can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippos and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to visit the majestic mountain gorillas? Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plain antelopes.

Besides the wide biodiversity, Uganda is also blessed with a vast bird population of more than 1,000 species.

Courtesy: www.caa.co.ug

About Kampala

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Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Bustling Kampala makes a good introduction to Uganda. It’s a dynamic and engaging city, with few of the hassles of other East African capitals and several worthy attractions to keep you occupied for a couple of days. As the heartland of the Buganda kingdom, Kampala has a rich and colourful history, visible in several fascinating palaces and compounds from where the nation was run until the arrival of colonialism.

Hills are covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers. The city is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning: Kampala Central DivisionKawempe DivisionMakindye DivisionNakawa Division, and Lubaga Division. The city is coterminous with Kampala District.

The city is coterminous with Kampala District. Surrounding Kampala is the rapidly growing Wakiso District, whose population more than doubled between 2002 and 2014 and now stands at over 2 million.

Source: Wikipedia

General Facts

Time Zone GMT + 3
Currency UGX
Exchange rate US$ 1 = 3500 TO 3600, but it varies from time to time. For up-to-date rates, visit:  https://www.bou.or.ug/bou/rates_statistics/statistics/interest_rates.html
Official languages The Official Language is English is commonly spoken, especially in the service industry. Other languages mainly spoken are Luganda and Swahili
Electricity 220 to 240V AC, 50 Hz, Power Socket type –  Great Britain – Grounded B2-1363
Religion Majority Christianity and minority Islam
International Dialing code +256
Ambulance, Fire and Police 999/112
Uganda Tourism Board Hotlines Tel: +256 414 561 700

Health

Kampala has several recognized hospitals such as the International Hospital under the IMG Group.

 Yellow fever vaccine and card is essential on arrival. Taking shots or preventative medicine for Hepatitis A and B, Mengitis, Malaria, Tetanus, Polio and Typhoid are also recommended.

Expecting to get closer to wild animals, rabies vaccination should be prioritized.

Source: Lonely Planet

Climate

Kampala has a tropical rainforest climate (Af) under the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system. Temperatures average at 23°C.

Another facet of Kampala’s weather is that it features two annual wet seasons. There is a long rainy season from August to December and a short rainy season from February to June. However, the shorter rainy season sees substantially heavier rainfall per month, with April typically seeing the heaviest amount of precipitation at an average of around 169 millimetres (6.7 in) of rain. Kampala has been frequently mentioned as one of the most thunderous places on Earth.

Constitutional law and the government of Uganda

Uganda is a Sovereign State and a Republic. It is a sitting member of the United Nations, African Union, The East African Community and the Commonwealth. The Government of the Republic of Uganda is a Democracy made up of three arms: The Executive – comprising of president, vice president, prime minister, cabinet; The Legislative – parliament; and The Judiciary – Magistrates’ Courts, High Court, Court of Appeals (Constitutional Court), Supreme Court.

The Constitution is the supreme law of Uganda. The present constitution was adopted on 8 October 1995. It is Uganda’s fourth constitution since the country’s independence from Britain in 1962.

The first Constitution was adopted in 1962 only to be replaced 4 years later in 1966. The 1966 Constitution, passed in a tense political environment and without debate, was replaced in 1967. The 1995 Constitution established Uganda as a republic with an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. The roles and powers of each of the Government arms are enshrined and spelt out in the Uganda Constitution 1995.

The Constitution is the supreme law of Uganda. The present constitution was adopted on 8 October 1995. It is Uganda’s fourth constitution since the country’s independence from Britain in 1962.

The first Constitution was adopted in 1962 only to be replaced 4 years later in 1966. The 1966 Constitution, passed in a tense political environment and without debate, was replaced in 1967. The 1995 Constitution established Uganda as a republic with an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. The roles and powers of each of the Government arms are enshrined and spelt out in the Uganda Constitution 1995. In 2005, the 1995 Constitution was amended to provide for a multi-party political system.

Source – http://www.gou.go.ug/about-uganda/sector/constitution-government

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Air Operators

The following airlines fly to Uganda:

  • Brussels Airlines
  • Egypt Air
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • RwandAir
  • South African Airways
  • Turkish Airlines