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Uganda Parks

Overview

Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. In this lush country, one can observe lions prowling the open plains, track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth, then navigate tropical channels teeming with hippos and crocs before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of a mountain gorilla.

Uganda is commonly referred to as ‘The Pearl of Africa’ and its pristine rainforests are home to a wealth of wildlife including over 10 species of primates. One of the top places to view chimpanzees in their natural habitat, Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park, the Budongo Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to these intelligent primates.

Full Country Name: Republic of Uganda
Area: 241,038 sq km
Population: 34.51 million (UN 2011)
Capital: Kampala
Borders: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formally Zaire), Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Tanzania.
Religion: Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42%, Muslim 12.1%, Others 3.1% , None 0.9 %

Monetary Unit: Ugandan New Shilling

Growth Rate: 5.1 %

Life Expectancy: 53.45

Literacy Rate: 70%
Time Zone: +3 GMT
Languages: English is the official language, with Swahili, Luganda and other Bantu languages also spoken
Country Dialing Code: +256

CLIMATE
Uganda has a typically tropical climate with little variation in temperatures throughout the year.  Distinctive wet and dry seasons characterise the climate of most of the country, except in the semi-arid north east. The dry season, generally from December to February and mid-June to mid-August, is the best time to visit.

The two rainy seasons are from March to May, and September to November. In the south the rainiest month is April.  The mountainous areas in western and eastern Uganda can be cold at night.

CURRENCY & BANKS
The unit of currency is the Ugandan Shilling.  However for international business, the US Dollar is the preferred currency.  Any dollar bills taken must not be tattered or torn, and should not have been issued prior to 2001.  It is difficult to change money outside Kampala.

Credit cards are not widely accepted and not all lodges will take them.  Small local purchases such as souvenirs and drinks will definitely have to be paid for in local currency.

ELECTRICITY
In Uganda the general voltage is 240 and the frequency is 50 Hz.  The British three rectangular blade plugs are common.  Electricity in most camps is provided by generators.  Batteries may be recharged in the camp during the day but it is wise to double check with the camp manager.

As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended. Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown.  It is useful to carry a torch.

HEALTH
Health requirements vary from country to country.  We recommend you speak to your local Travel Doctor for up-to-date information and advice.  The following information is to be used as a guide only.

Malaria: It is recommended that precautions against malaria are taken for travel to most regions in Africa.  We suggest you contact your doctor for advice on which prophylactic is recommended.

Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required.  All travellers must carry proof that the Yellow Fever vaccine has been administered at least 10 days prior to travel.

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MURCHISON FALLS PARK – OVERVIEW

Murchison Falls National Park covers over 3,840 sq km making it Uganda’s largest national park. Situated 350 km North West of Kampala, the park is famous for its large numbers of wildlife and the breathtaking...
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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park is a true African jungle. Its heavy vegetation with dense undergrowth and vines makes it as its name suggests, impenetrable. The park is located some 414 kms from Uganda’s capital Kampala...
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KIPEDO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Spectacular mountains and vast savannah landscapes characterize Kipendo Valley National Park. Located in the north of Uganda 840km from Kampala, the park borders with Kenya and Sudan and covers an area of approximately 1,344 sq...
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KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Kibale Forest National Park lies in the western part of Uganda and covers an area of 760 sq km. The park also lies only 35 km south of Fort Portal and adjoins with the magnificent...
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LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – OVERVIEW

Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura district of western Uganda 240 km southwest of Kampala. The park covers approximately 260 sq km and its landscape consists mainly of savannah and it also has...
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MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK – OVERVIEW

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park. It covers approximately 34 sq km and borders the DRC and Rwanda on the south western tip of Uganda. It is roughly 510 km from Kampala...
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