Visiting Uganda – The Ultimate Guide: 3 top things to know

 

 

Visiting Uganda - The Ultimate Guide: 3 top things to know
Visiting Uganda – The Ultimate Guide: 3 top things to know.

 

Visiting Uganda? Here is a guide to help you navigate your trip to the pearl of Africa. This country is filled with the most amazing people, culture, and natural beauty!

These are 3 of our favorite things about this amazing African Country.

 

Why Visiting Uganda should be on your bucketlist

 

Uganda is a great country for safari and nature lovers, looking for a good adventure. But this east African country is so much more than that, especially when it comes to luxury travel.

The possibilities of what you can do in Uganda are endless, but you’ll want to focus your time on the things that will truly give you memories to last a lifetime.

In this article; visiting Uganda, we bring you some of the top activities you should consider doing in Uganda if you’re planning a trip here.

Uganda is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with a population of over 40 million people.

Although the country’s landscape is dominated by rolling green hills and thick forests, there are also volcanoes, Savannah, lakes and hot springs nestled deep within the country.

The capital city of Kampala lies on a plateau at 1,900 feet above sea level, while other major cities like Jinja and Mbale are located in valleys and along rivers.

The country has an average rainfall of more than 80 inches (200 centimetres) per year, which allows lush vegetation to flourish.

 

3 Things to Know Before Visiting Uganda

 

3 Things to Know Before Visiting Uganda
3 Things to Know Before Visiting Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been asked by many of our readers to write about the top 3 things one should know before visiting Uganda.

This section of the article talks about the history, climate and culture of Uganda, which are three of the most important things that any visitor should be aware of, of course not forgetting the things to do.

Uganda is a country located in East Africa, bordered by Kenya and Tanzania. It is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, with a variety of landscapes, wildlife and attractions.

The people here are known as Ugandans and they speak one of the most diverse languages in the world, Luganda.

 

1. The History

The history of Uganda dates back to the pre-colonial era, when the territory was made up of a myriad of tribal kingdoms.

The Buganda kingdom, located in the south of the country, was founded in the 14th century and became one of the most powerful and richest kingdoms in East Africa.

Its King, Mutesa I, ruled from 1856 to 1884 and led his people through a period of unprecedented prosperity.

In the 19th century, interference from the British saw the Country become the Uganda Protectorate, a protectorate of the British Empire from 1894 to 1962 in East Africa.

The Independent African Church of Uganda had become affiliate with the Church of Scotland in 1887.

The British government, in 1892, proposed that Buganda would be a part of a new Uganda Protectorate, together with Toro, Bunyoro and Ankole, ruled by the Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEAC).

Uganda’s boundaries were fixed by Order-in-Council in October 1893. The Uganda Protectorate was established on 1 July 1894.

 

2. The climate and weather

The climate of Uganda is generally tropical, with two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.

According to Köppen’s climate classification, Uganda lies within the tropical wet and dry climate zones (Aw or “tropical monsoon”).

Uganda’s climate ranges from tropical in the south to temperate in the highlands, with three distinct seasons.

The pearl of Africa – Uganda is located on the equator, so its weather is consistent year-round.

There are two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year – the main rainy season runs from March through May, while the shorter rainy season lasts from September to November.

The northernmost part of Uganda experiences a short wet season from February to May and the rest of the country has either a long dry season or no dry season at all.

Temperatures in Uganda vary little throughout the year, averaging about 27°C.

 

3. The Culture

Uganda is a country in East Africa, at the equator. The capital and largest city is Kampala. The population of Uganda is around 42 million people, making it one of the most densely populated countries in Africa.

The main ethnic groups are the Bantu (89% of the population) and the Nilotic peoples (9%). The main languages spoken are English, Luganda and Swahili.

Christianity is the main religion with close to 80% of Ugandans adhering to it.

The society of Uganda is composed of a varied variety of ethnic groups. Lake Kyoga forms the northern boundary for the Bantu-speaking people that dominate much of East, Central, as well as Southern Africa.

In Uganda, they include the Baganda as well as a number of other people

The Baganda are the largest solitary ethnic group in Uganda. They inhabit the central part of Uganda which was previously the Buganda Province.

They are located in the districts of Kampala, Mpigi, Mukono, Masaka, Kalangala, Kiboga, Rakai, Mubende, Luwero, Wakiso, Ssembabule, and Buikwe.

They are a Bantu-speaking people and their language is called Luganda.

In the north, the Lango and the Acholi peoples predominate, who speak Nilotic languages.

To the east are the Iteso and also Karamojong, who speak a Nilotic language, whereas the Gishu are part of the Bantu and live mainly on the slopes of Mt. Elgon.

They speak Lumasaba, which is closely associated to the Luhya of Kenya.

A few Pygmies live isolated in the rain forests of western Uganda.

 

 

Three top things to know and do when visiting Uganda

 

Visitors to Uganda have a great time exploring wildlife, touring museums and learning about the country’s rich history.

There are many exciting things about visiting this East African country for the first time. Here are three things you should know and do when visiting Uganda.

 

a) It is an adventure travel destination like no other

 

The entire Country of Uganda is a diverse and exciting travel destination. In the country’s north, you’ll find a land of lush green forests, rolling hills, volcanoes and rich wildlife.

In the south, you’ll find Lake Victoria, a giant lake – surrounded by extraordinary mountain ranges in every direction.

And on the shores of Lake Victoria – where the Nile River rises – you’ll encounter millions of people living in towns and villages along its banks.

Uganda is one of Africa’s most fascinating countries and there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

The Country is an exhilarating experience for adventure travelers in search of a thrilling vacation.

If you enjoy swimming with wild animals like hippos, waterfalls and white-water rafting, you will have an adventure of a lifetime in Uganda.

 

Main activities  

Uganda is a country in East Africa known for its natural beauty, wildlife and adventure activities.

There are a variety of activities available for tourists and travelers to enjoy; from gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Bungee Jumping into the mighty Nile River in Jinja.

Uganda is also home to several world renowned luxury safari lodges and resorts, such as the Kibale Forest Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge and Lemala Wildwaters Lodge.

Adventure travelers will have no problem finding luxury accommodation.

 

b) Uganda is family community

Some of the most interesting stories are in your own backyard. But, sometimes it’s hard to find them. If you want to experience something local, then you might want to think about meeting a family from your community.

A local family can be a great way for you to learn more about your city and connect with people who live there. It’s also a great opportunity to experience something unique and different than the usual tourist attractions that you often see.

When visiting Uganda, your host will take you to meet a family in their home. Here, you will be able to learn about how families live in rural Uganda, and how they support themselves.

You will also be able to ask questions and interact with the locals.

 

c) Is it safe to travel to Uganda?

Uganda is generally considered to be a safe country with low crime rates. It is one of the safest Countries to travel to in Africa. However, we advise travelers to stay vigilant and cautious.

Look out for petty criminals like pick-pockets, especially when visiting public places and landmarks.

 

Stay Connected While visiting Uganda

Stay Connected While visiting Uganda
Stay Connected While visiting Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the internet like in Uganda?  

The 2021 annual Worldwide Broadband Speed League report  by Cable.co.uk ranked Uganda 152th in the world in average national broadband speed.

This position puts Uganda ahead of countries like Egypt, Rwanda and Nigeria in Africa.

The detailed report looks at more than 557 million broadband speed tests worldwide, revealing the ranking of 221 countries and territories when it comes to average national network speeds.

 

How much does data cost in Uganda?

Uganda’s Global data rate expense per GB 

Out of the 230 nations, Uganda’s global ranking fell from 70th position in 2020 to 86th setting as of 2021 worldwide.

Out of the 51 data plans determined, Uganda’s least expensive 1GB, data bundle costs UGX 1,500 ($0.45) and can be as costly as UGX 80,000 ($22.71).

 

 Food you must try when visiting Uganda

Food you must try when visiting Uganda
Food you must try when visiting Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and a paradise for food lovers. It is home to numerous cuisines that range from seafood to beef, fruit juices to tea, and other exotic drinks.

The Ugandan cuisine has grown over time and has been influenced by various cultures and traditions, leaving a unique taste in the mouth.

From plantain leaves to sukuma wiki, there is nothing you will not love about the foods in Uganda.

 

Final thoughts on visiting Uganda

As you can see, visiting Uganda is a trip of a lifetime. We hope this ultimate guide has helped you prepare for your next visit to the country.

If you want to know more about what’s going on in Uganda and how you can get involved, get in touch with us via email; info@travelwithenockandjaqi.com or Whatsapp text us on +256-709-448-500.

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