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Entebbe Uganda:
4 Penguins Hotel
15 km from Int. airport, is a right start to explore whole Uganda
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About Uganda

Uganda’s great natural beauty led Winston Churchill to call it "the pearl of Africa". From the moment the visitor lands at Entebbe’s international airport, with its breathtaking equatorial location on the forested shore of island-strewn Lake Victoria, it is clear that Uganda is no ordinary safari target. The country offers top wildlife destinations, fantastic adventure holidays and the best bird life anywhere.


LOCATION
Central/East Africa.

TIME
GMT + 3.

AREA
235,79 sq km (91,041 sq miles), similar to Great Britain or the Oregon.

ALTITUDE
85% of the country lies between 900m and 1500m above sea level.

CAPITAL
Kampala (Population 1.4 million)

GEOGRAPHY
Uganda shares borders with Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Lake Victoria to the southeast, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. Kampala is on the shores of Lake Victoria, and the White Nile flowing out of the lake traverses much of the country. The varied scenery includes tropical forest and tea plantations on the slopes of the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, the arid plains of the Karamoja, the lush, heavily populated Buganda, the rolling savannah of Acholi, Bunyoro, Tororo and Ankole, and the fertile cotton area of Teso.

GOVERNMENT

Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1962.

HEAD OF STATE
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni since 1986.


PEOPLE
Uganda has a population of approximately 34.5 million people (2011 estimate) with the most populous city being the capital, Kampala, at 1.6 – 1.8 million (2011 estimate). The majority of the population live in the central and south western regions, the northern regions are much more sparsely populated. Uganda is home to 14 distinct ethnic groups with the most populous being the Baganda, making up roughly 20% of the total population, they are centred around Kampala. The others, in order of estimated population, are: Banyakole (Mbarara town), Basoga (Jinja-Iganga), Bakiga (Kabale/Bwindi), Itseo (Soroti), Langi (Lira), Acholi (Gulu), Bagisu (Mount Elgon), Batoro (Fort Portal), Alur, Lugbara (West Nile), Bunyoro (Masindi), Bakonzo (Rwenzori), Batwa (Semuliki, Kisoro).

LANGUAGE
English is the official language. There are 33 other local languages which come from three main language groups. Most are part of the Bantu language group, but some languages from the north of the country belong to the Nilotic and Cushitic groups. Alongside English many Ugandans speak some KiSwahili as a trade language, It was introduced by Arab slave traders who spread away from the coast and into Uganda.

RELIGION
Christianity is the dominant religion, it’s followed by 85% of the population of Uganda. Roughly half of these followers adhere to the Catholic faith and the other half follow the Protestant faith. Christianity was introduced by European explorers and missionaries during the era of colonialism. The next largest religion is Islam, followed by 11% of the population, which was introduced by the Arab slave traders. Other notable but rather less dominant religions include the Bahá’í faith which has its mother temple for Africa in Kampala, Hinduism witch has many temples in Kampala and Jinja, and a small number of people follow Judaism. The Karamojong who live in the north eastern corner of Uganda on the edge of Great Rift Valley, adhere to traditional animist faith practices with very little acceptance of any of the other faiths introduced to Uganda. Christians and Muslim’s live largely in harmony, with very little disruption and mutual respect for each other’s faiths.

ELECTRICITY

240 volts AC, 50Hz.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Since 1992, photography has been allowed in all areas with the exception of airports or military installations

VISAS
Visas are now necessary for most nationals and can be obtained on arrival. Cost $100 per person (2015).

HEALTH
Yellow fever vaccinations are mandatory, and we recommend anti-malarial tablets, especially during rainy season. Most prescription drugs can be bought affordably and with ease over the counter in Kampala. Personal insurance is advised.

AIRPORT
Currently there is one international airport at Entebbe. A number of international airlines fly directly to Entebbe, i.e. British Airways, Kenya Airways, Egypt Air, KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, S N Brussels and Emirates. Most major towns have airstrips.

CURRENCY
The local currency is the Ugandan Shilling. It is advisable to carry all your money in American Dollars cash (denominations of 50$ or higher printed after the year 2003) or in euro or pounds strerlings. There are numerous forex bureaus and banks in the Capital and the main towns. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants, but generally it is best to carry cash upcountry.

CLOTHING
Generally try to take as little as possible. Light clothing, hats, sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts and trousers. Uganda's position on the equator suggests a need for sun scream. It is usually hot by midday, but evenings are always pleasant.

GORILLA TREKKING
The minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years. The official price for a gorilla permit in Uganda is $600 per person (2015). Only in April, May and November 2015 the Uganda Wildlife Authority offers a discount of $250 making the gorilla permit $350 per person. Gorilla trekking is a strenuous exercise. You need long sleeves, long trousers, rain coat, hiking boots. Make sure you take enough water with you on the trekking. Porters are available.

 


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