Why Visit Uganda?
Being home to the last surviving population of Mountain Gorillas, the “big 5”, incredible landscapes,the source of the Nile and smiles as warm as the African sun – the wealth of unspoiled experience here is second to none. Uganda has much to offer an adventurer willing to take the path less travelled, holding as her own a truly untarnished travel experience. In a small territory Uganda holds a vibrant microcosm of the entire African continent. Though, as much as anywhere, the people of Uganda are its best offering.
As warm hosts and generous friends, Ugandans are proud of their country and eager to show visitors their traditions, share their stories and consistently offer powerful resolve and insight in the face of trying circumstances.
Uganda Fact Sheet
President: Yoweri Museveni
Time: GMT/UTC plus three hours
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Uganda shilling (USh)
National Bird: Crested Crane
Language: Over 56 dialects spokenValue Added Tax- 20%
Area: 241,040 sq. km. (93,070 sq. mi.); about the size of Oregon.
Cities: Capital–Kampala (2002 pop. 1.2 million). Other cities–Jinja, Gulu, Mbale, Mbarara.
Terrain: 18% inland water and swamp; 12% national parks, forest, and game reserves; 70% forest, woodland, grassland.
Lowest Point – Lake Albert 621 M
Highest Point – Mount Stanley 5,110 M
Climate: In the northeast, semi-arid–rainfall less than 50 cm. (20 in.); in southwest, rainfall 130 cm. (50 in.) or more.
Two dry seasons: Dec.-Feb. and June-July.
Growth Rate 3.32%
Life Expectancy at birth 54 Years
Average Age 15.4 years
Urban Population 13% of Population
Religions: Christian 80%, Muslim 12%, traditional and other 8%.
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