Uganda boasts of temperate climate even though a bulk of its area is in the tropics with varying temperatures of 16 - 26°C (April - November), and over 30°C during warm seasons (December - March). It also harbours the world's second largest lake (Lake Victoria), the source of the world's second longest river, the Nile.
CURRENCY & ECONOMY
Consistently ranked among Africa’s fastest growing economies since 1986, Uganda has experienced a steady expansion of it’s infrastructure, with a corresponding increase in international tourist arrivals and upmarket facilities. Uganda Shillings is the local currency but it is advisable to carry American dollars (the series should not be less than the year 2000) or Traveler’s cheques. There are numerous Foreign Exchange Bureaus as well as banks in the capital and the main towns. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants, but generally it is best to carry cash upcountry
Very Low GDP per Capita, Staying Constant: Gross domestic product (GDP) measures the value of finished goods and services of a country.
Uganda's GDP per capita is $675.57 which puts Uganda in the bottom 5th percentile in the world. Uganda likely faces low economic productivity and low standards of living. On the national level, GDP is $26.4B which is the about the same as the world median ($27B).
In 2015, Uganda's GDP grew 5.04% which is 1.78% higher for all countries in Eastern Africa (3.26%) and 2.13% higher than the median for all countries (2.92%).
GDP per capita:
Eastern Africa Rank: 12th of 18 countries
Worldwide Rank: 199th
Ranked from Highest GDP per Capita
Eastern Africa Rank: 4th of 18 countries
Worldwide Rank: 104th
Ranked from Highest GDP
GDP Growth Rate:
Eastern Africa Rank: 7th of 18 countries
Worldwide Rank: 37th
Ranked from Highest GDP Growth Rate
Uganda is a landlocked country astride the equator, about 800 kilometers inland from the Indian Ocean. It lies on the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria. It is bordered by Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the west, Sudan to the north, and Kenya to the east. With a land surface of 241,139 square kilometers
HEALTH & SAFETY
Although the capital of Uganda, Kampala, is a relatively safe city, wherever you are in Uganda you are advised to take the usual sensible precautions with your personal belongings. Do not carry all of your money at once and please ensure that your passport and valuable belongings are kept securely at all times. Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches and thefts from cars and taxis while stationary in traffic do occur. We strongly advise against walking after dark.
English, Luganda and many local dialects. Swahili is also widely spoken and understood.
PEOPLE & POPULATION
Uganda is a very friendly, if socially conservative country. Uganda has long been a cultural melting pot, as evidenced by the existence of 30-plus different indigenous languages belonging to five distinct linguistic groups, and an equally diverse cultural mosaic of music, art and handicrafts. The country’s most ancient inhabitants, confined to the hilly southwest, are the Batwa and Bambuti Pygmies are relics of the hunter-gatherer cultures that once occupied much of Uganda.
Uganda is a predominantly Christian country with a significant (about 12%) Muslim minority. The Northern and West Nile regions are dominated by Roman Catholics and Iganga District in the east of the country has the highest percentage of Muslims. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Uganda Constitution but religions are expected to be registered with the government and some religions considered cults are restricted. The Catholic Church, the Church of Uganda, Orthodox Church, and the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) are registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act and most other religious groups are registered yearly as Non-Government.
Football is the national sport with other sporting activities such as cricket, rugby, rallying and athletics also being very popular with the locals.
TRANSPORTATION & ACCESSIBILITY
Currently there is one International Airport at Entebbe. A number of international airlines fly directly to Entebbe, among them South African Airways, British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airways and Turkish Air among others. Most major towns have an airstrip as do most National Parks and Game Reserves.
There is no shortage of hotels of all qualities in Kampala and most other towns can offer tourist standard hotel accommodation. Most National Parks also have a choice of accommodation ranging from campsites to luxury safari lodges.
Travel within Uganda is relatively straight forward, most major roads being in good or reasonable condition. Once off the major roads conditions are more difficult and 4x4 vehicles are recommended.
WORLD HERITAGE SITES (UNESCO)
The following sites have been listed as world heritage by Unesco:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, natural
Kasubi Tombs, cultural
Rwenzori Mountains National Park, natural