Uganda is landlocked, bordering Rwanda and Tanzania to the south, Kenya to the east, Sudan to the north and Zaire to the west. Oral tradition describes several African Kingdoms in the area. Uganda has magnificent scenery, including snow capped mountain, thick tropical forests and semi-desert areas. Lakes cover more than a sixth of Uganda.
Uganda is located in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa and lies astride the equator. Officially called Republic of Uganda it is found in East Africa with a population of 26,404,543 at a growth rate of 3.0%
It is bordered by Sudan in the north, DRC (Kinshasa) in the west, Kenya in the east and Tanzania and Rwanda in the south with Lake Victoria forming part of the southern border.
The total area of the country is about 241,039 square kilometres of which about 43,942 sq. km are covered by fresh water bodies and swamps. Uganda is a country strategically positioned within East and Central Africa, a region that includes some of Africa’s most economically important and resource rich countries with a substantial market and great future potential.
The country is land-locked and borders the Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Kenya to the east, and Tanzania and Rwanda to the south.
For the visitor, Uganda’s reputation as “Africa’s Friendliest Country” offers exceptional diversity combining some of the best features that Africa has to offer. The country lies at the overlap between the tropical East African Savannah and the West African rain-forest zones. It is a country blessed with contrasting physical features ranging from extensive plains with undulating hills to snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, meandering rivers and spectacular flora and fauna. Seven of Africa’s plant kingdoms are represented in Uganda, which is more than any other country on the continent. In addition, Uganda ranks among the top ten in the world in terms of the diversity of its mammal groups. For example, by comparison with the UK, Uganda supports five times more bird species, six times as many mammals, ten times as many reptiles and amphibians and three times the number of plant species.
Uganda is also the source of the Great River Nile and Africa’s largest fresh water lake, the Lake Victoria. Such is Uganda’s potential in Africa that the former British Premier, Sir Winston Churchill after his many journeys across the length and width of the African continent, concluded that the country (Uganda) was indeed the Pearl of Africa. His verdict did not only describe the wealth of Uganda’s resources, but also the peaceful environment and social system in which the people of Uganda lived. Uganda welcomes you
The capital is Kampala which is well worth a visit. Other interesting places to visit are Ssese Islands, Kasese, Entebbe and Kabale.