Official Name: Republic of Uganda
Population: 35.8 Million
Land Area: 241,000 sq km
Currency: Ugandan shilling (UGX) Ugandan Shilling 100 = AUD 3 cents (calculated as at 01 September 2016) If bringing US currency for tipping or exchanging make sure it is free from marks or tears and printed in the last year or so
Time: EAT + 3
Language: English, Lugandan, Swahili
Schooling: Although some primary education (up to 7 years of primary) is compulsory under law, in many rural communities this is not observed as many families feel the cannot afford costs such as uniforms and equipment. Child labour is common in Uganda.
Agriculture: Coffee and Tea, cotton, tobacco and cocoa, cereal crops, banana plantations
Key Industries: Agriculture, Coffee, Tea, freshwater fish, copper and cobalt, tourism is growing
Health Tips: Malaria poses one of the biggest health threats in Africa. Elevations above 3000 mt are malaria free however it is recommended to consult your travel doctor for medication advise. Yellow fever certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age if coming from or having passed through areas with risk of yellow fever transmission. Tap water is not considered safe to drink including brushing teeth. Bottled water is readily available. Tsetse flies can be repelled with RID repellent (not DEET). HIV is very common in Uganda. Up to date information refer to http://www.smartraveller.gov.au
Please note Australian Passport holders require a Visa to visit Uganda prior to departure from Australia.
Geography & Climate: A land locked country on the Eastern African plateau lying in the Nile basin and contains many large lakes. Extensive marshy areas , snowy peaked mountainous regions, farmland and 60 protected areas including ten national parks are found in Uganda. Although considered equatorial the climate is influenced by Lake Victoria, one of the worlds largest lakes and the mountainous areas.
During the day, temperatures are generally warm depending on which region of the country one is at, so bring lots of light clothing. Evening temperatures are cooler at especially high altitudes, so it is advisable to bring a couple of light sweaters as well. For the tourist intending to hike or climb on the mountains, you are advised to pack accordingly due to the alpine temperatures.
You would do well to carry solid walking shoes and strong clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses, waterproof jackets which are ideal for forest walks, game drives and national park tours. Please Note: Hand gloves are very important too as the bushes can be prickly. The Jungles of Bwindi are always wet and muddy, so it is advised that an extra pair of trekking boots is taken (it they fit in your luggage!)
Uganda has substantial natural resources including fertile soils, regular rainfall and but due to decades of wars and corruption that nation is considered one of the poorest nations in the world.
Be captivated by its beauty and discover Uganda’s rich green countryside home to ten national parks home to lush flora and fauna. You will find and amazing array of birdlife, primates including the mighty mountain gorilla, aquatic life like hippos and crocodiles, lions on the open plains, chimpanzees and butterflies in the rainforest and many tree species; a wonderful sight to experience amongst the rich mosaic of tribes and cultures.
Lonely Planet ranked Uganda as the worlds’ most preferred tourism destination for 2012 but don’t take their word for it – come to the Pearl of Africa; Uganda.
Traveljoy safaris that include Uganda: