Top tip: With gorillas – keep your eyes lower than big Daddy
Nestled on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, in central East Africa surrounded by Sudan and Ethiopia in the north, Kenya to the east, Rwanda and Tanzania in the south and Zaire to the west, Uganda benefits from flora and fauna species of both East and West Africa.
Fertile arable land capable of providing food covers about 25% of the country and Uganda houses one of the best waterways in Africa with Lake Victoria and the Victoria Nile. Within this remarkable country are the plains of Kidepo and Ishasha, the breathtaking crater area of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, tropical rain forests along the western border and the mighty Murchison Falls.
Although Uganda is on the equator, it can be cool due to the high altitude of some parts, especially in the mountain areas where snow can be seen on mountain tops. The temperature, usually ranging between 21-25 °C. Other parts of the country are much warmer. There is heavy rain between March and May and between October and November.
Facts and Figures
|Area||241, 139 sq km (93,104 sq miles).|
|Population||32,369,558 (2009 estimate).|
|Capital||Kampala. – population 1,659,600 (2001 estimate)|
|Language||English is the official language, with Luganda and Swahili also widely spoken.|
|Religion||60 per cent Cristian, 32 per cent animist and 5 per cent Muslim.|
|Time||GMT + 3|
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