Facts about Uganda — Uganda is a landlocked country in East 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 southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is the world's second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania, situating the country in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally equatorial climate.

Uganda lies astride the Equator in Eastern Africa between longitudes 29.5° East and 35° East and between latitudes 4.5° North and 0.5° South, at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. The total area is 236,590 sq km.

Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this impossibly lush country can one observe big cats prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippopotami and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of a mountain gorilla? Certainly. Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plains antelope. And this verdant biodiversity is further attested to by Uganda's status as by far the smallest of the four African countries whose bird checklist tops the 1,000 mark!

Toyota Land Cruiser on Safari Tour

Uganda’s reputation as ’Africa’s Friendliest Country’ stems partly from the tradition of hospitality common to its culturally diverse populace, and partly, from the remarkably low level of crime and hassle directed at tourists.

But this amiable quality extends beyond the easygoing people. Uganda's eco-friendliness is attested to by the creation of six new national parks under the present administration, as well as a recent mushrooming of community-based eco-tourism projects at the grass-roots level, while the mood of social enlightenment is characterised by the progressive and much lauded policies towards curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS and promoting women's rights. The climate, too, is highly agreeable, reflecting the combination of an equatorial location and medium to high altitudes, while amenities such as hotels and game lodges now rank with the very best has to offer.

These were the facts about Uganda. We hope that you come and visit us soon.

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