"The Pearl of Africa"
Uganda is considered by many adventure travelers as the "Pearl of Africa" because of its natural beauty, made of landscapes, impressive wildlife watching and welcoming people. Adventure travelers will find Africa's tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the Nile, the world's longest river and the continent's largest lake. Rafting enthousiasts will be happy about the Nile, which offers a world-class adrenaline adventure. Don't miss the country's most iconic experience, which is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat.
Important cities: Kampala, Arua, Entebbe, Jinja, Fort Portal, Gulu, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro, Mbale
Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
Visa policy: Link
Area: 236,040 km2
Languages: English, Luganda, Swahili, other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages
Mobile Phone: Mobile phones are very popular as the service is better than landlines. MTN and Orange currently have the best coverage across the country.
Country code: +256
Electricity: 240V, 50HZ
Internet TLD: .ug
Time Zone: UTC+3
Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel
Description: Weather in Uganda is equatorial. Southern Uganda is wetter with rain generally spread throughout the year. At Entebbe on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, most rain falls from March to June and the November/December period. Further to the north a dry season gradually emerges; at Gulu about 120 km from the South Sudanese border, November to February is much drier than the rest of the year. The northeastern region has the driest climate and is prone to droughts in some years. Rwenzori in the southwest on the border with DR Congo receives heavy rain all year round. The south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world's biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. It prevents temperatures from varying significantly and increases cloudiness and rainfall.
When should you go: The best time to visit Uganda is from December to February, when it is not too hot with minimal rainfall. Southern Uganda is better visited from July to September.