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Download free Basic Travel Guide to Uganda.pdf This is a very basic guide to introduce and prepare you for your visit to Uganda. If you have purchased your guidebook already, you probably know most of what you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable journey. The following might just have some few helpful up to date hints. No matter what, Uganda will be an unforgettable experience.

Uganda was known as the “Pearl of East Africa”. It is a beautiful, green country that has enjoyed relative political stability compared to its neighboring countries. Uganda is landlocked with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the west, Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south. Uganda was a former British colony that gained independence in 1962. Unfortunately Uganda is most infamous for the notoriously bloody reign of Idi Amin from 1972-9. President Museveni overthrew Milton Obote’s regime after Amin and has since led Uganda under a one-party rule. In July 2006, Uganda will have its first multiparty elections in the history of the country.

Uganda is for the most part safe to travel. However, precaution is always necessary as a visitor in a foreign country. Northern Uganda still suffers from a 20-year war led by an insurgency group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Over 1 million people have been internally displaced by the continued fighting and many of the northern districts including Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, and Lira which are still considered dangerous to travel.

Uganda currently has a population of 26 million. There are over 80 local languages spoken in Uganda, the most common being Luganda (Don’t worry you can get a pocketbook Luganda-English guide at Aristoc Bookstore in Kampala). English is the official language which makes travel and communication in Uganda much more enjoyable. And the Ugandans are famous in East Africa for their friendliness and laughter as well.

Uganda is truly breathtaking with the famous Rwenzori mountains also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”, Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, and many national parks that are home to all the animals you can name that you have seen in a zoo (but in their natural habitat). The dry season is Dec-Feb and June-Aug with the rainy season March to May. The climate is most mild in the rainy season and will remind you of a sunny San Francisco day. The only difference is that one must remember an umbrella, insect repellent, and malaria prophylaxis. If you go during the dry season remember sunscreen, a hat, and drink lots of bottled water.


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