English is the official language, but Swahili is also widely used, especially
among the business community, police and the army. There are a number
of indigenous languages, which can be grouped into three: the Bantu, the
nilotics, and the nilo-hamites.
Religion: The majority of
Ugandans are Christians. Available statistics show that Christians form
66% of the population, people with their own indigenous beliefs form about
18%, and there is a Muslim community of about16% of the population.
International Airport: Entebbe
Uganda's economic recovery in the last fifteen years has been remarkable.
Regarded, as a star performer, Uganda is a pioneer of macro-economic stabilization
and structural adjustment in Africa. The country's economic performance
over the last decade has been impressive. The average real rate of annual
growth in GDP has been about 6.9% resulting in an annual increase of 3.7%
in real GDP per capita.
Uganda’s capital city is Kampala. It is a modern city built on seven
hills and befitting a country with one of the fastest growing economies
in Africa. Over the past few years it has expanded to cover ten hills,
and continues to grow both in size and charm.
The City has retained its traditional charm, and remains the greenest
in Africa. But today Kampala is the heart of Uganda. The centre of commercial
life and the seat of government. It is a vibrant modern metropolis adorned
with gardens and parks providing colorful oases for its citizens and visitors
alike, Hotel facilities range from the best international hotels, with
state-of-the-art conference facilities, to accommodation for the more
budget-minded. The broad range of cultures in Uganda is also reflected
in the wide choice of restaurants in the City, all featuring the wonderful
produce of the fertile country side anid fish-filled lakes.
to the Kampala:
You can access Kampala city easily by any of these.
Through Entebbe International Airport, 40km away from the City centre.
A network of modern tarred roads feeds the City' from different border
posts, and other towns.
By Rail: Kampala has rail
links with other commercial centres in Uganda and with neighbouring countries.
A Steamer service links Port Bell with Mwanza in Tanzania, as well as
with the nearby Ssese Islands.
Education continues to be ranked amongst the top priority sectors of Government.
The mission of the Ministry of Education and Sports is to provide quality
education, to eradicate illiteracy and to equip individuals with basic
knowledge, skills and attitudes to exploit the environment for self and
national development. Among the most significant achievements of the Ministry
in the past decade is the 1996 implementation of a policy on Universal
Primary Education (UPE). This policy has yielded significant results and
enrolment of children in the primary schools went up from 2.3 in 1995
to 6.5 in 1999. To absorb the largest bulk of primary school leavers expected
every year, community polytechnics have been introduced to expand the
post-primary education sector. Besides very many other universities, Makerere
University is Uganda's renown university and the oldest in East Africa.
Other Institutions are now offering virtual education with other universities
abroad giving an opportunity to Ugandans to acquire international qualifications
while studying in their home lands. Aptech Computer Education is one of
the leading Institutions providing virtual education and has also provided
a door to many Ugnadans in computer education.
Tropical; no seasonal change, except for a rainy season and a dry season.
Temperature: Highs of around
29oC (85oF) with very little humidity; comfortable night temperatures,
falling as low as the lower 10sC (50s F) in the higher elevations.
There is a very wide variety of food and eating-places all over the country.
At the city you will find all sorts of restaurants that meet both local
and international interests. There are Italian, Indian, Thai, Greek, European,
and Chinese restaurants. The markets provide a variety of fresh foodstuffs.
The country offers many tourist attractions. While many are drawn to Uganda
to participate in a safari in search of the endangered Mountain Gorilla,
the country has a lot more to offer. Uganda is blessed with sumptuous
forests, haunting mountain landscapes, sparkling lakes and a superb range
of wildlife. Uganda is also the finest birding country in Africa with
more than a thousand recorded species.
There are national parks with a variety of animals including
the mountain gorillas; rivers, especially the source of River
Nile which is one of the longest rivers in the world; lakes,
like Lake Victoria which is one of the largest fresh
water lakes in the world; waterfalls, such as the Bujagali falls and the
Owen falls dam where Uganda’s electricity is generated from and
which is located at the source of river Nile;
Forests; such as the Bwindi impenetrable forest which
houses half of the only surviving mountain gorillas in the world;
Mountains; especially the mountains in western Uganda
that give it the beauty that no tourist would want to miss;
Museums and historic sites such as the national museum and the
Kasubi tombs; and many others.
Around the country there are monuments to our colourful past. Forts, tombs,
interesting houses and churches.
The Kasubi Tombs ranked among the best monuments in
Kampala, and this historic resting place of the kings of Buganda is a
fine example of the traditional skills and craftsmanship of Uganda's past
in building and architecture.