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Uganda was made up of four kingdoms and many tribes before it was
ceded to Britain, in 1890.
Uganda Travel and Tourist Information with links
to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors
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Countries neighbouring Uganda are: Democratic
Republic of Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Bunyoro was the first of the great Ugandan kingdoms around the
During disharmony in the late 18th century, the governor of Buganda
declared his independence from Bunyoro, and the new kingdom soon became the major lake
state. Two smaller kingdoms, Ankole and Toro, also seceded from Bunyoro.
Mmengo is the seat of government of The Kingdom of Buganda, located in the south-central
region of the country known today as Uganda. On December 19, 1997 the government of Uganda
handed back the Mmengo Palace (Lubiri), main palace of Buganda's kings since the time of
The first Europeans to visit Uganda were British explorers searching
for the source of the River Nile.
Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries soon followed, and the
factions they created caused a civil war in Buganda.
The British ended the disturbances, and used Bugandan forces to help
conquer the other kingdoms and tribes.
The name Uganda was adopted in 1896. The British protectorate gained
independence on October 6, 1962.
Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda, The
Pearl of Africa.
Weather in Africa:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Africa.
Uganda is a landlocked republic in eastern Africa, although almost
20 per cent of its area is water.
Journal of The Nile
In December 1856 John Hanning Speke accepted an invitation from Richard Burton to join an
expedition to search for the reported great lakes in east central Africa and,
particularly, to try and find Lake Nyassa, said to be the origin of the Nile.
In Search of
The Source of The Nile:
Galen R. Frysinger retraces the steps of the famous explorers from London to Zanzibar, and
Tanzania to Uganda.
The official language of Uganda is English, although Swahili is the
Driving in Uganda
If you want to drive around Uganda, you need to show an international
drivers license to hire a vehicle.
Rental Cars in Uganda are
available in Entebbe and Kampala. Roads radiate from Kampala and are of varying quality.
In the north of the country the security situation is still doubtful
and so are the roads. Its is a good idea, if you are on self-drive, to get local advice
about the condition of the roads you intend to use.
Within Uganda are Lakes George and Kyoga; and parts of Lakes Victoria,
Edward, and Albert form its borders with neighbouring Kenya, Tanzania, and Zaire.
These lakes and most of Uganda's rivers form parts of the basin of the
upper River Nile; feeding the White Nile that flows through Sudan.
Uganda's highest peak is Mount Margherita (5,119 m); in the snowy
Ruwenzori range, on the south-west border with Zaire.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority
has 10 national parks and 12 wildlife reserves under its jurisdiction.
The best times to visit Uganda are December-March and June-September;
avoiding the two rainy seasons: April to May and October to November, with April being the
Safaris in Uganda:
Although applying for a Bwindi Forest gorilla permit may be a pain, safari travellers in
Uganda are generally a rare breed.
Hotels in Uganda:
Find hotels in Uganda with special online rates.
There are international standard hotels in Uganda, especially in the
main towns of Entebbe, Jinja and Kampala. The quality is variable in the smaller towns and
rated accommodation is scarce.
All of the major national parks offer accommodation in game lodges and
During the high tourist season (July-August) it is advisable to book
in advance as the best hotels in Uganda usually fill up fast.
The capital of Uganda is in the south of the country, near Lake
Old Kampala Hill was where the British first established a fort
in 1890. The tombs of the kings, or kabakas, of Buganda are on Kasaubi Hill.
Kampala was capital of the British protectorate, from 1900 to 1905,
and succeeded nearby Entebbe as capital; when the country became independent, in 1962.
Mengo, to the south-west, was the traditional capital of the kingdom
Hotels in Kampala
Kampala Serena Hotel
- Kintu Road, Kampala, Uganda.
Serena's Uganda flagship, the Kampala Serena Hotel is an inspirational
blend of 5-star polish, pan-African panache, social style and business reliability..
Guests at the Kampala Serena Hotel
loved the comfortable rooms, the stunning pool, and the internationally themed and locally
Entebbe, on the north-west shore of Lake Victoria, is primarily a
residential centre for government staff in the nearby capital.
It was the British colonial administrative centre of Uganda from 1893
to 1958. The city has fine botanical gardens.
Entebbe Airport - the scene of an Israeli commando raid that freed more than 100 hostages,
from an airliner hijacked by pro-Palestinian guerrillas, in 1976 - is one of the largest
in East Africa.
The national carrier is Uganda Airlines.
Tourism is on the increase in Uganda, due in part to the
privatisation initiatives implemented by the government and the increased security
situation; especially in the national parks.
Uganda Tour Operators:
Capital Shoppers Building, Nakawa. 2nd Floor, Room 15
P.O Box 73371, Kampala, Uganda.
The official Uganda Tourist Board website.
News from Uganda.
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