Uganda Travel Guide

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Uganda is a landlocked treasure seated on the world's second largest fresh water body,  Lake Victoria.  Bordering Rwanda and Tanzania to the south, Kenya to the east, Sudan to the north and Zaire to the west, Ugnda is truly worth a visit. Oral tradition describes several African Kingdoms in the area, most of which are still in existence today. Uganda is filled with magnificent scenery, including snowcapped mountains, thick tropical forests and semidesert areas truly making it, as Winston Churchill described, the "Pearl of Africa". Lakes cover more than a sixth of Uganda.

The capital, Kampala with its bustling streets filled with its many merchants and commuters is truly worth a visit.  From the locals crying "Mzungu, Mzungu!!" to the  children running to the edge of the street just to wave at you, and the general hospitality that all of the locals seem to have, it is quite obvious that Uganda's national motto "For God And My Country" truly reflects the heart of many of its citizens. 

Uganda is truly a leader in the East African community being one of the first African countries to see the AIDS epidemic begin to turn around due primarily to an increase in the practice of Abstinence, its effects can still be seen among the populace with over 50% of Uganda's population being under the age of 15, most of which seem to have lost one or both of their parents, and have had to be raised by relatives or friends, or in many cases have grown up in one of the many homes for abandoned and orphaned children.

If you take the beautiful drive about an hour East of the capital, you will reach the town of Jinja, home to what many agree is the source of the Nile River.  Other interesting places to visit are Ssese Islands, Entebbe and Kabale. Highly recommmended is also the Bwindi National Park.

With the exception of some few parts of Northern Uganda still plagued by the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion, the country is generally peaceful and enjoys full security. The Country is located in the heart of the great African high Plateau that rolls from Ethiopian highlands towards southern Africa. It lies astride the Equator between Latitudes, 4° 12°N and 1° 29°S. Its bound with Longitude 29° 34°E and 35° O' E.


April 26, 2006 change by giorgio

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