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Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is known for its splendor, natural wonders, and amazing people.
Nature and habitat
Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is known for its splendor, natural wonders, and amazing people. Uganda has a wealth of unexploited natural resources and showcases a varied collection of habitats, landscapes and vegetation from open Savannah grass-lands, wooded Savannah forest and acacia woodlands, tropical forest, riparian forests, montane forests, rocky outcrops, grasslands, marshes, sweeping valleys, craggy hills, bush thickets, and extensive wetlands. All these varied vegetation hosts abundant wildlife, primates, and bird life.
Being close to the equator and its location on the great African plateau gives it a remarkable biological and physical diversity. Uganda has a consistently tropical hot climate and the temperatures are quite uniform throughout the year. Temperatures are also affected by the wide variation in altitude across the country. The presence of Lake Victoria provides moisture to the south, thus induces precipitation in the western shores. Without this lake, it would be dry and arid throughout the year.
Uganda’s tropical warm climate temperatures range from 25-29°C (77-84°F), apart from in the mountainous and high land areas, which are much cooler , the top of Mountain Rwenzori is snow capped. The hottest month are December to February. Evenings can feel chilly after the heat of the day with temperatures around 17-18°C (63-64°F).
Most regions of Uganda apart from the dry area in the north have annual rainfall of between 1,000mm and 1,500mm. There is heavy rain between march and may and between September and November making road transport challenging in some more remote parts of the country. The best times to trekking is during the dry seasons, between January and February and June to August. Wildlife viewing is best at the end of the dry seasons when game is more concentrated around water points.
Light weight clothes with warm covered-up for the evenings are advised. Short or revealing clothes should be avoided.
Women should short avoid very short clothes in particular. Knee-length skirts, dresses or pants are more acceptable in public and during the safaris.
Take a pair of good walking shoes or boots for forest trekking and long-sleeved tops to protect against the sun or mosquitoes. In case your planning to travel to mountainous areas, be sure to take warm clothings as temperatures drop substantially. White clothings won’t stay white for long with the Uganda red dust roads, so go for darker colors.