Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally equatorial climate.
Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.
When to go:
Uganda can be visited at any time of year. Most of Uganda enjoys the perfect tropical climate. Temperatures average about 26 C during the day and 16 C at night. The hottest months are from December to February.
Average monthly temperature (°C)
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Ugandan Shilling (UGX).
UK nationals require a valid passport and a visa, which can be obtained on arrival for a fee of USD 50. Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Hepatitis B are recommended aswell as malaria tablets for protection against disease. Yellow Fever is required for travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area.
There are direct cheap flights to Uganda from the UK, arriving at Entebbe Airport near Kampala. However, most flights from the UK use Nairobi in Kenya as a gateway to Uganda and so it is often easier for travellers to get a connecting flight to Kampala from there. There are also connecting flights available from Tanzania and Rwanda. The flight duration from London to Uganda is between eight and nine hours.
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