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Off Road Uganda Safaris is your source of all facts about Uganda. Uganda is situated in East Africa within the African great lakes region and lies within the Nile Basin. It is bordered on the west by Democratic Republic of Congo, on the north by South Sudan, on the east by Kenya, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda. This Country lies across the equator, and its topography consists of swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. Lake Victoria covers a substantial part of the south and is shared by Tanzania and Kenya.
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The distinctive attraction of Uganda as a tourist are the variety of its game and unspoiled scenic beauty. Uganda generally has substantial natural resources for tourism with a variety of landscape and ecosystems, climates and cultures. Some of its features are outstanding by international standards such as the numerous variety of bird species. The Ugandan experience has novelty and rarity values not easily found elsewhere in Africa.
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Geography of Uganda
The country is located on the East African plateau, lying mostly between latitudes 4°N and 2°S (a small area is north of 4°), and longitudes 29° and 35°E. It averages about 1,100 metres (3,609 ft) above sea level, and this slopes very steadily downwards to the Sudanese plain to the north.
However, much of the south is poorly drained, while the centre is dominated by Lake Kyoga, which is also surrounded by extensive marshy areas. Uganda lies almost completely within the Nile basin. The Victoria Nile drains from the lake into Lake Kyoga and thence into Lake Albert on the Congolese border and runs northwards into South Sudan. One small area on the eastern edge of Uganda is drained by the Turkwel River, part of the internal drainage basin of Lake Turkana.
Lake Kyoga serves as a rough boundary between Bantu speakers in the south and Nilotic and Central Sudanic language speakers in the north. Despite the division between north and south in political affairs, this linguistic boundary runs roughly from northwest to southeast, near the course of the Nile.
However, many Ugandans live among people who speak different languages, especially in rural areas. Different sources describe Uganda’s regional variations in terms of physical characteristics, clothing, bodily adornment, and mannerisms, but others contend that those differences are fading out due to intermarriages.
The climate is generally equatorial but, not uniform as the altitude modifies the climate. 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 in the November/December period. Further to the north of the Country a dry season gradually emerges in Gulu about 120 km from the South Sudanese border, November to February is much drier than the rest of the year.
The northeastern Karamoja region has the driest climate and is prone to all year droughts in some years. Rwenzori, a snowy peaked mountainous region on the southwest border with Congo (DRC), receives heavy rainfall all year round and is the source of the Nile. 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. Most important cities are located in the south, near Lake Victoria, including the capital Kampala and the nearby city of Entebbe.
Uganda is landlocked but contains many large lakes; besides Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga, there is Lake Albert, Lake Edward and the smaller Lake George, and Lake Bunyonyi among others.
Uganda’s population is still predominantly rural with 80% of the people living in rural areas and depend on subsistence farming. Traditional customs and lifestyles are still alive in many parts of the country, which is a spicy addition to the tourist experience.
Ugandans have a reputation for openness, and a friendly attitude to visitors. There are various peoples that make up Uganda and each group has their own traditional customs and ways of life. These customs are expressed in the many colorful ceremonies marking specific historical events or celebrating the seasons of the year.
Spontaneous dancing and music are part of life in Uganda and visitors are often welcome to observe these ceremonies but tourists should be courteous to ask before taking pictures. In addition to the rich cultural experiences tourists can choose souvenirs from countless local traditional art pieces and handcrafts.
These are sold in most villages, along the roadsides, and also at specific tourist curio shops within the capital. Besides, there are also a number of cultural sites for tourists to visit, including the Kasubi Royal Tombs and a host of other historical sites in many different parts of the country. Contact us for more information about Uganda holiday destinations.
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