Uganda Travel Facts
Where is it?: Uganda sits on the equator west of Kenya near Lake Victoria
Why do people go here?: Travelers flock to Uganda for a number of reason. Uganda is home to some of the last families of mountain gorillas – and therefore makes it excellent for gorilla trekking. Furthermore, the source of the Nile River starts near Jinja and is excellent for camping and white water rafting.
What are the main entry points?: Most people enter Uganda through Kampala airport. If you’re coming overland, the best roads are through Kenya via Nairobi
Currency used: Ugandan Shilling
Country Code for Phones: 256
Area codes for Major Cities: Entebbe 42, Jinja 43, Kampala 41
Religion: Roman Catholic 33%, Protestant 33%, Muslim 16%, Animist
Population: 32.7 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Baganda 17%, Ankole 8%, Basoga 8%, Iteso 8%, Bakiga 7%, Langi 6%, Rwanda 6%, Bagisu 5%, Acholi 4%, Lugbara 4%, Batoro 3%, Bunyoro 3%, Alur 2%, Bagwere 2%, Bakonjo 2%, Jopodhola 2%, Karamojong 2%, Rundi 2%, non-African (European, Asian, Arab) 1%, other 8%
Government: Democratic Republic
Languages: English, Luganda, Swahili, Indigenous
Major Cities: Kampala, Jinja
Attractions: Bwindi National Park, Nile River, Kampala
Accommodation: Uganda Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: Uganda Tourist Board, http://www.visituganda.com/
Tips for Visiting
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Ssese Islands, Lake Albert, Bokora Game Reserve
Health Issues: Bilharzia, Yellow Fever and Malaria
When to go: Like Tanzania, the best times to visit Uganda are from December through February when the weather is dry but cool. The other good time is from July through September.
Common Phrases: English speaking country.
Specific Events/Holidays: January 26: Liberation Day, March 8: Women’s Day, May 1: Labor Day, June 3: Martyrs’s Day, June 9: Heroes Day, June 9: Heroes Day: October 9: Independence Day
Getting Around: Uganda has fairly efficient transportation systems, especially between major towns
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Uganda is the Entebbe Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Uganda travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.