"Hello muzungu" will be one of the most enduring images of Uganda
if you ever get to visit. Muzungu is a local term for whites and,
as there are very few Caucasians in Uganda, children, in
particular, love to shout the words out every time they see a
Once described as the
'Pearl of Africa', Uganda is a landlocked country in east Africa
bordered to the north by the new Republic of South Sudan, to the
south by Rwanda and Tanzania, to the east by Kenya and by the
Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.
Uganda is home to source of the White Nile due to its border with
Lake Victoria as well as the stunningly
beautiful Ruwenzori Mountains (below) that run along Uganda's
south-western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
These mountains are not just the home to waterfalls, lakes and ice
fields, being higher than the alps, but also provide sanctuary to
mountain gorillas. They are sometimes called the Mountains of the
Around the same size
as the United Kingdom, Uganda is located on the Central African
Plateau and traverses the equator with much of its land being shaped
from ancient volcanic activity some three million years ago. Around 15% of Uganda is comprised of
lakes, the largest being Lake Victoria. The other main lakes being
Lake George, Lake Edward, Lake Kyoga (bottom right), Lake Albert and Lake George. Uganda also
has a further twenty one minor lakes.
Whilst Uganda does
not have the developed tourist industry of neighbouring Kenya and
Tanzania, and is far below that of South Africa, tourism is
nevertheless a growth area away from the difficulties of its
northern region bolstered by its manageable temperatures that range
from 16-26 degrees from April through to November and over 30
degrees from December to March.
As well as taking in
gorilla safaris in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga
National Park and on Ngamba Island where silverback and blackback
gorillas as well as other primates including chimpanzees and the
Golden Monkeys of Mgahinga can be found, hiking in the hills and
mountains of the country is also a popular past-time.