Uganda

Quick facts

Capital Kampala
Population 36,908,000
Timezone GMT+3
Languages English,Luganda, Kiswahili
Currency (UGX) Ugandan Shillings

Uganda, 'The Pearl of Africa' straddles the Equator and embraces the shores of the world's largest inland lake, the mighty Lake Victoria. Host to the source of the Nile at Jinja, Uganda is also home to the world's second-largest lake- Lake Victoria, and one of the most ancient volcanoes on earth. Mount Elgon, pristine and still largely undiscovered, Uganda promises a vibrant tapestry of diverse vistas against a backdrop of sparkling lake, islands, rivers and falls.

Uganda's attraction include the most delightful climates in the World she lies between the eastern and western branches of the great rift valley. Uganda is known as the land of lakes because 25percent is covered by glittering skein of lakes, island and rivers, they include the mighty Nile which starts from Jinja and the world's second largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria.

Uganda hosts the snow-cupped Ruwenzori or 'Mountains of the moon', and the immeasurably ancient Mount Elgon, which forms the boundary between Uganda and Kenya. Uganda's pristine rain forests protect a wealth of wildlife including over ten species of primate. Uganda is also on the top places in the world to see chimpanzees which are abundant in kibale Forest National park, the Budongo Forest and in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The national parks and reserves of Uganda cover 11,023 sq km and include Bwindi impenetrable, kibale, kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo, Mgahinga, Mount Elgon, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Ruwenzori and Semuliki. Queen Elizabeth National park known as 'the Treasure of Uganda', promise a gorgeous fusion of lakes, rivers, volcanic craters and savannah- home to elephants, buffaloes, hippos, Uganda kobs, lions, leopards and chimpanzee. Uganda offers 50 large mammal species and all the members of the 'Big Five'(elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros).

Also Uganda offers a wealth of high action water sports(white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, sailing). Not forgetting a warm and gracious people Ugandans are, they are warmly welcoming and gently gracious in the world, hey make ideal family destination and one of the most romantic gateways in the world.