Uganda Travel Overview

Uganda Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Kampala

Official language: English

Currency: Shilling

Continent: East Africa

Vacation in Uganda

The route is the goal.

Uganda – this is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. A country as green as one would hardly expect in Africa. And an experience even for those who know the continent. Highlights? Every hour, whether on foot or by jeep, these are lined up like a chain. In addition, you learn patiently in the dense rainforest in search of mountain gorillas why the path is the real goal.

According to Countryaah, the landlocked country in East Africa and borders in the north on Sudan, in the east on Kenya, in the south on Tanzania, in the south-west on Rwanda and in the west on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The borders with Kenya and Tanzania run partly through Lake Victoria.

Uganda offers almost all of Africa’s charms. It is indeed the ” Pearl of Africa ” once said Sir Winston Churchill: savannas, uneven jungles, rugged mountains, picturesque cloud forests and numerous national parks with wild animals – the great landscape makes the sometimes bumpy drive through the country completely irrelevant.

Animal diversity and safaris

With over 50 large mammal species and over 1,000 bird species, Uganda is probably the most species-rich country in all of Africa. Eighteen species of primate live here alone. There are Uganda kobs, bushbucks, zebras, topis and elephants. A safari through the 2,000 km² Queen Elisabeth National Park gives a good impression. During a boat trip on the Kazinga Canal, countless hippos and water buffalo cavort on the shore. For many trips, visiting the gorillas is the reason to come here. After Bwindi Forestyou can’t just drive like that – tours to the mountain gorillas have to be planned well in advance, the number of visitors is strictly limited. Together with the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, there are only about 720 of these primeval forest residents. The ” Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park ” – the “Impenetrable Forest” – was originally a protected forest reserve and was declared a national park in 1991. Because of its extraordinary biodiversity and the partially threatened animal species, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. In the Kibale National Park there are many chimpanzees waiting, who can hardly be disturbed in their turf wars.

The population

Music and dance are a unit in Uganda that cannot be separated. Children are trained in traditional dances. The main food of the locals is called matooke. It is a plantain porridge.

Love at first sight

Anyone who has ever traveled through Africa will fall in love. Especially in Uganda.

Important facts

Capital: Kampala

Official language: English


Currency (sub-unit)

Shilling (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

UGX / 800


Continent: Africa

Region: east

Geo coordinates: N 1 ° 22 ’24 ” E 32 ° 17′ 25″

Highest mountain: Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley (5,110 m)

Total area: 236,040 km²

Mainland: 199,710 km²

National border: 3,698 km


Dependency: Great Britain until 1962

UN member since: 1962

Other political affiliation: Commonwealth

Form of government: Presidential Republic


Uganda GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Coffee, cotton, ores

BSP: $ 9.674 billion

GDP: $ 10,224,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 53.420 billion

Economic growth: 5.2%

GDP share of agriculture: 29.7%

GDP share of industry: 24.5%

GDP share of services: 45.8%

Inflation rate: 7.5%

State budget revenue: $ 2166,000,000

State budget expenditure: $ 2.289 billion

National debt: 66.8%

Export: $ 912,000,000

Import: $ 1,778,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 5,458,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 1,347,000,000

Electricity consumption: 1,919 million KWh

Oil consumption: 12,400 million m³

Cultivation area: 30.03%

Bovine: 6,298,000 pieces

Fishing: 365,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 28,195,800

Residents in cities: 3,454,200

Average age: 15 years

0-14 years: 50%

15-64 years: 47.8%

> 65 years: 2.2%

Population growth: 3.37%

Birth rate: 47.35 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 12.24 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -1.4 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1

Fertility: 6.71 children / woman

Infant mortality: 66.15 ‰

Life expectancy men: 51.68 years

Life expectancy women: 53.69 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: Basement

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: UGA

ISO 3166 numeric: 800

Top Level Domain: ug

IOC country code: UGA

UN / LOCODE: Basement

Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 70,000

Cell Phones: 1,566,000

Radios: 3,820,000

TV: 870,000

Computer: 170,000

Internet users: 270,000


Railway lines: 1,244 km

Paved roads: 17,114 km

Cars: 83,000


Number of doctors: 1,420

Daily food intake: 2,430 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 620,000


Illiteracy: 29%


Foundation: 1812

Last sovereign since: 1962


Main religious group: Christians


Prison inmates: 24,500


Armed forces (troop strength): 60,000

Defense Spending: $ 214.6 million


Arriving by plane

Uganda does not have its own national airline.

Ua Lufthansa (via Nairobi), British Airways (via London), Brussels Airlines (SN) (via Brussels), South African Airways (SA), Egyptair MS) and Kenya Airways (KQ) flying to Uganda.

Note on arriving by plane

All airline tickets purchased in Uganda must be paid for in hard currency.

Flight times

Frankfurt – Kampala: 9 hours 40 minutes (pure flight time, stopover in Brussels); Vienna – Kampala: 11 hours 25 minutes (pure flight time, stopover in Brussels); London – Kampala: 8 hours; Zurich – Kampala: 9 hours 40 minutes (pure flight time, stopover in Brussels).

Departure fee


Arrival by car

Roads lead to all neighboring countries, but the borders are not always open. The connecting roads to Kenya are good. Travelers should definitely inform themselves about the current security situation before crossing the border into Rwanda. There is an urgent warning against crossing the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Regular and excursion buses run from Nairobi (Kenya) as well as Arusha and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) to Uganda.

Arriving by train

Currently no passenger connections.