About Uganda| Uganda Wildlife & Tourism

Uganda; Officially is the Republic of Uganda which is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is also categorized in the African Great Lakes region and also doubles within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.

Beginning in 1894, the area was ruled as a protectorate by the UK, who established administrative law across the territory. Uganda gained independence from the UK on 9 October 1962. The period since then has been marked by intermittent conflicts, including a lengthy civil war against the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Northern Region led by Joseph Kony, which has caused hundreds of thousands of casualties.

The official languages are English and Swahili, although “any other language may be used as a medium of instruction in schools or other educational institutions or for legislative, administrative or judicial purposes as may be prescribed by law. Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country, and several other languages are also spoken including Runyoro, Runyankole, Rukiga, Luo and Lusoga. Uganda’s Tourism & Destinations: Famously Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, it is home to one of the most diverse and concentrated ranges of African fauna including the highly endangered mountain gorilla and the endangered common chimpanzee. However, it’s also home to a diverse wildlife species

Uganda tourism has risen once again with major travel reviewers like CNN, Jovago and Lonely Planet listing Uganda as one of the world’s top destination, polishing a glint back into the ‘pearl of Africa’. Travelers are streaming in to explore what is basically the best of everything the continent has to offer. For a relatively small country, there’s a lot that’s big about the place. It’s home to the tallest mountain range in Africa, the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. And with half the remaining mountain gorillas residing here, as well as the Big Five to be ticked off, wildlife watching is huge.

Regions
Central Uganda
 
the capital city and the shoreline of vast Lake Victoria and also doubles as the largest business Centre for the Country

Eastern Uganda
superb trekking close on the border with Kenya and more wildlife

Northern Uganda 
this beautiful area teems with wildlife.

Western Uganda 
Gorilla trekking on the borders with Rwanda and DR Congo

Cities

1 Kampala, It is the only ‘city’ in Uganda and the only reknown business centre for the country and in the second position comes  Entebbe, — a collection of some upmarket residential streets and a slew of government offices on the shores of Lake Victoria, dominated by State House, the official residence of the Ugandan President. The location of Uganda’s only international airport, about one hour south of Kampala by road. The rest of these are regional capitals and they include: Arua,  Jinja, Fort Portal, Gulu, 7 Mbarara, Kabale, and Kisoro. located in the extreme southwest corner of Uganda next to the borders with Rwanda and DR Congo. It is the closest large town to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

National parks in Uganda

Important Information:

Visa requirements

Ugandan visas are issued on arrival or online at visas.immigration.go.ug or at embassies and High Commissions. The Uganda Visa Policy uses the principle of reciprocity, that is all countries that require visas for Ugandans are visa prone in Uganda.

The best way to get a Ugandan visa is visa on arrival which can be done at the airport or at all land borders for US$50.

Visa fees as of July 2016:

  • Single Entry good for 90 days US$50.
  • Inland Transit US$50.
  • East Africa Multiple entry tourist visa good for 90 days US$100.

Countries exempted from visas: Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Botswana, Barbados, Belize, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Visa extension

You can get a free one-month visa extension at immigration offices in Kampala, Fort Portal, Jinja and Mbarara. However, you cannot get a visa extension on a 90-day East African tourist visa, but only on a 90-day single entry Uganda visa.

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