Lodges and Regions
Upon arrival and departure you will be accommodated in a good three-star hotel either in Kampala town or in Munyonyo. Munyonyo is just 6 km from central Kampala and the hotel is set up right on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Your lodging in the field will be in self-contained, traditional East Africa safari tents cared for by a trained staff. Our field cooks create three good meals per day. There is also a laundry service every second day in camp. Bottle water is brought from Kampala for your protection.
Geography and Climate
Uganda is located on the East African plateau, averaging about 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level, and this slopes downwards to the Sudanese Plain to the north. Much of the south is poorly drained, while the center is dominated by Lake Kyoga and surrounding marshy areas.
Uganda lies almost completely within the Nile basin. The Victoria Nile drains into Lake Kyoga, then into Lake Albert and North to Sudan. One small area on the eastern border of Uganda is drained by the Turkwel River, which is part of the internal drainage basin of Lake Turkana.
Although generally equatorial, Uganda’s climate is not uniform as the altitude modifies the climate, but temperatures rarely climb to the 90’s F. during the day or drop to the 40’s F at night. Southern Uganda is wetter, with rain generally spread throughout the year. At Entabbe, on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, most rain falls March – June and November – December. Further to the north, a dry season gradually emerges so that November – February is much drier than the rest of the year at Gulu (120 miles form the Sudanese border). The northeastern Karamoja region has the driest climate and is prone to droughts in some years. Ruwenzori, in the southwest on the border with Congo (DRC), receives heavy rainfall year round.
The Republic of Uganda is a country in East Africa bordered in the East by Kenya, in the North by Sudan, by the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Rwanda in the Southwest and Tanzania in the South.
The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, within which it shares borders with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda takes its name from the historical Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a portion of the south of the country, including the capital city of Kampala.
The current president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, is both head of state and head of government. The president appoints a prime minister who aids him in his tasks. The parliament if formed by the National Assembly, which has 303 members. Eight six of these members are nominated by interest groups, including women and the Ugandan army. The remaining members are elected for five-year terms during general elections.
Uganda is divided into districts spread across four administrative divisions: Northern, Eastern, Central and Western. The districts are all named after their ‘chief town’.
Uganda had substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing over 80% of the work force, with coffee accounting for the bulk of export revenues. Since 1986, the government – with the support of foreign countries and international agencies – has acted to rehabilitate an economy decimated during the regime of Idi Amin and civil war.
While the total season may be June to April, the season for a particular area or concession is dictated by geography and climate (see Geography and Climate above).