Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. The official language is English. Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country, and several other languages are also spoken including Runyoro, Runyankole, Rukiga, and Lango. Although small in size, Uganda is home to the tallest mountain range in Africa, the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake.
Kampala is a dynamic engaging city, with enough to see and do to keep business and leisure travelers entertained.
Lonely Planet has the following to say:
“Kampala has several faces. There’s the impossibly chaotic jam of central Kampala, its streets thronging with shoppers, hawkers, and the most mind-bogglingly packed bus and taxi parks you’re ever likely to see. As you head up Nakasero Hill, you quickly hit Kampala’s most expensive hotels and the urban core fades into something of a garden city. Here you’ll find many of the embassies and government buildings, as well as exclusive residential zones. It’s also home to swanky restaurants and bars, popular with expats”.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/uganda/kampala
GENERAL INFO TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE SAFE AND ENJOYABLE:
Yellow fever vaccine is compulsory for entry. Hepatitis A and B, Mengitis, tetanus and typhoid are also recommended if you expect to get closer to wild animals.
Various modes of transport are available in Uganda. There are personal cars but in regards to public means, people have the option of using cabs, taxis and the popular local boda bodas (motor bikes). Uber is also available in Kampala.
For transfers to their hotel, delegates may flag an airport taxi upon arrival, arrange for an airport transfer with the hotel they booked at or pre-book an airport transfer with the company listed below.
For Airport Transfers: Mr.Billy Ssenfuka
Contact number: +256 772419913
Other tourist attractions include white water rafting and kayaking these are done on the rapids near the source of the Nile in Jinja. Uganda has many opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at the border with the DRC, include the snowcapped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also includes three peaks, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Muhavura, the highest peak in the national park. Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, can be used for hiking and climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world.
Uganda experiences a temperate climate even though the majority of the country is within the Tropics with temperatures between 16 – 26’C for the majority of the year (April – November). However, during the warmer months (December – March) temperatures reach in excess of 30.
Airports in Uganda
All flights from outside the country only have safe landing at Entebbe International Airport which is the only international airport in the country.
Uganda has a tele-density penetration of almost 40% with mobile telephone operators that include MTN, Airtel, UTL (Uganda Telecom), Vodafone and Africell. All these networks provide internet services as well.