General information for Uganda
Geographical location: Eastern Central Africa, located on the equator
Highest elevation: Mount Stanley Massif (Margherita Peak, 5110 m above sea level)
Longest river: Nile (Viktorianil and Albertnil) with Kegera (flow length in Uganda 770 km) Form of
System of government: Presidential system
Languages: Swahili and English
Neighboring countries: South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya
Area: Approx. 241,000 km²
Residents: Approx. 34,860,000 people (2015)
Population density: 145 residents per km²
Religions: About 85% followers of Christianity (39% Roman Catholic, 32% Protestant), 12% Muslim, 1% traditional African religions
Currency: Uganda Shilling (UGX); 1 EUR is approximately 4.3 UGX.
Climate: Tropical warm, significantly cooler in higher altitudes
Time zone: UTC + 3
Area code: +256
Country code: UG
Electricity: In Uganda, type G sockets are used. The mains voltage is 3 x 240V with a 50Hz change interval. A travel plug adapter is an advantage.
Travel climate in Uganda
The climate in Uganda is tropical and warm, but since most of the country is at over 1000 m altitude, it is neither excessively hot nor particularly cold. The temperatures fluctuate between 25 and 30 ° C during the day, at night it is usually around 17 ° C. The extreme values are between 10 and 35 ° C. While it used to rain all year round in Uganda with the exception of two periods with less precipitation, now, especially in the north of the country, there is no precipitation for years. Large parts of the country are increasingly dependent on the monsoons with only one rainy season per year.
Transport network in Uganda
The transport infrastructure in Uganda is generally well developed by African standards, but a lot better in the south than in the north of the country. Traveling through Uganda is possible with a variety of modes of transport. The road network of Uganda, on which there is left-hand traffic, is relatively dense, especially in the south, and extends over a total of almost 29,000 km. Most of the country’s main roads are in good condition. Main roads lead from the capital Kampala to all major cities in Uganda. However, the further north you go, the more both the number and the quality of the roads decrease. Side roads and sandy slopes that are still reasonably passable during the dry months can become impassable during the rainy season.
Rail traffic in Uganda is now mainly limited to the Uganda Railway to Kenya, which connects Uganda via Nairobi with Mombasa on the Indian Ocean and a remnant of the Tororo – Arua Mine railway. The condition of the approximately 1,240 km of rail lines in Uganda is poor. Only the sections from Kampala to Port Bell on Lake Victoria, from Kampala to Kenya and from Tororo to Opit are still used for freight traffic. Passenger traffic in Uganda only operates from Monday to Friday as a suburban connection between Kampala and the Namanve industrial district.
In Uganda, bus buses run from Kampala to all regions of the country. They are very cheap, but mostly extremely overcrowded. There is no reliable timetable.
Notable shipping traffic takes place mainly on Lake Victoria.
Of the 26 airports in Uganda only four have a paved taxiway and runway. The main airport is the international airport in Entebbe near Kampala.
Culture and sights in Uganda
The main attractions of Uganda include the national parks and protected areas, in which the rainforests with their rich inventory of different living beings, but also the diversity of the different types of landscape, especially in the higher mountain regions and lake areas, can be impressively perceived.
Especially Lake Victoria in the south of Uganda offers particularly attractive stretches of shore with numerous opportunities to observe nature.
Cultural and historical sights in Uganda such as the Bugandian royal palaces, the tombs of the Buganda kings, the parliament buildings or numerous places of worship are mainly limited to the capital Kampala and its surroundings. The Owino market in the capital is also worth experiencing.
The local cultural life is characterized by the great ethnic and linguistic diversity. The focus is on music, dance and theater. The institutions of the Bantu kingdoms Buganda, Toro, Busoga, Bunyoro and Rwenzururu see themselves as guardians of traditional culture. In the capital Kampala, influenced by Western elites and thanks to foreign impulses, other fields such as painting, film and literature are also represented. In terms of music, a lively hip-hop scene has developed in Kampala.
Holidays with a fixed date in Uganda
Jan 1st New Year
Jan 26th Liberation Day
Feb 16th Memorial Day for Archbishop Janani Luwum
March 8th. International Women’s Day
May 1st. May Day
Jun 3. Martyrs Day
Jun 9. National Heroes Day
Oct 9. Independence Day
Dec 25th Christmas
Dec 26th Christmas Day
Medical advice for Uganda
For legal reasons, we as a tour operator are not allowed to communicate any binding medical information and therefore refer to the information provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health
Travel advice for Uganda
You can obtain current travel and safety information, information on entering and leaving the country, as well as special criminal information and recommendations for your stay in Uganda from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mission abroad in Uganda
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Uganda. Administrative
District / consular district: Uganda. The representation supports the currently only partially operational embassy in Juba (South Sudan) in legal and consular matters.
Street address: 15 Philip Road, Kololo, Kampala, Uganda
Postal address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, PO Box 7016, Kampala, Uganda
Telephone: +256 41 450 11 11 or +256 41 777 61 00
Fax: +256 41 450 11 15
E-Mail: Contact form
Official languages in the host country: English
Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Berlin
(There are other honorary consulates in Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich)
Street address: Ulmenallee 42a
Postal address: Axel-Springer-Straße 54A, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 0 30 30 206 09 90
Fax: 0 30 30 240 475 57
E-Mail: [email protected]