Uganda is commonly referred in guidebooks as the “Pearl of East Africa”. It is a beautiful, green country that has enjoyed relative political stability compared to its neighboring countries. Uganda is
landlocked with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the west, Sudan to the North, Kenya to the East, and Rwanda and Tanzania to the South.
Uganda was a former colony of Britain. It gained independence on 9th October 1962.
Unfortunately Uganda has been one of the most infamous countries in Africa. The notorious bloody reign of Idi Amin from 1972 – 1979 as well as the Operations of Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army created a negative image for Uganda. The current president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni overthrew Milton Obote’s regime and has since led Uganda till today.
Uganda is truly breathtaking with the famous Rwenzori mountains also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”, Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, and many national parks that are home to all the animals you can name that you have seen in a zoo (but in their natural habitat).
Learn More About Uganda
- Location – Where is Uganda?
- Climate & Weather
- Population & Demographics
Uganda was known as the “Pearl of East Africa”. It is a beautiful, green country that has enjoyed relative political stability compared to its neighboring countries. Uganda is landlocked with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the west, Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south. Uganda was a former
British colony that gained independence in 1962. Unfortunately Uganda is most infamous for the notoriously bloody reign of Idi Amin from 1972-9. President Museveni overthrew Milton Obote’s regime after Amin and has since led Uganda under a one-party rule.
In July 2006, Uganda had its first multiparty elections in the history of the country.
Is Uganda Safe?
Uganda is for the most part safe to travel. However, precaution is always necessary as a visitor in a foreign country. The country is safe to travel and you can easily explore the country whether on a guided safari or a self drive trip.
However, precaution is always necessary as a visitor in a foreign country. The Northern Uganda which suffered from a 20-year war led by an insurgency group of Joseph Kony and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is also now safe for travel.
Uganda currently has a population of 26 million. There are over 80 local languages spoken in Uganda, the most common being Luganda (Don’t worry you can get a pocketbook Luganda-English guide at Aristoc Bookstore in Kampala).
English is the official language which makes travel and communication in Uganda much more enjoyable. And the Ugandans are famous in East Africa for their friendliness and laughter as well.
When to Visit Uganda
The dry season is Dec-Feb and June-Aug with the rainy season March to May. The climate is most mild in the rainy season and will remind you of a sunny San Francisco day.
The only difference is that one must remember an umbrella, insect repellent, and malaria prophylaxis. If you go during the dry season remember sunscreen, a hat, and drink lots of bottled water.