There are 195 countries in the world that are located astride Equator. All these countries are divided into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. This is thanks to the Equator which passes through it them. Of these 11 countries, six are found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Of these six countries, Uganda is one of the three most peaceful and welcoming destinations to tourists. This together with other interesting reasons below makes it the perfect place to explore life at the equator anytime of the year.
There are four different vantage points within Uganda in this regard.
The Rwenzori Mountains
These include Africa’s third highest Mountain, the Rwenzori Mountains (below) of western Uganda. Also known as the “mountains of the moon”, the Rwenzori is an option you cannot miss if you love mountaineering. You can experience the Equator and hike to one of Africa’s highest peak within the Rwenzori Mountains.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Then there is Queen Elizabeth National Park. Named after the Queen Elizabeth II of England, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a renowned world biosphere reserve protecting a wide range of flora and fauna. The park is one of the most visited national parks attracting visitors interested in wildlife safaris in Uganda. The park offers great opportunities to those who would like to see some of Africa’s big five animals. Within the park, you will see the big four and these are; Leopard, Lion, Elephant and the African Buffalo. Queen Elizabeth National Park is an option which favours nature photographers and travellers with a strong attachment to the Big 5 and thus this is a must visit. Do not forget to take a souvenir picture at the Equator monument in Kasese District within the park.
Lwaje Island within Lake Victoria
The third vantage point is found on an isolated but easily accessible Island on Africa’s biggest freshwater lake, Victoria (below). This is less known and it can be new to many travelers. From Entebbe’s Aero Beach, it takes approximately 25 minutes to get to Lake Victoria’s Lwaji Island. A monument exists at the tropical island, and for allocentrics, this is the place to go.
Kayabwe, Masaka Road
The last is found at Kayabwe along Masaka Road. Kayabwe lies 72km from Kampala and it is located in Mpigi, a district of that is home to the Baganda, one of Uganda’s most friendly tribes. It is roughly two hours drive from Kampala, the country’s capital. It comes across as the most visited of the four sites, attracting over 500,000 tourists each year. Here, you can catch up with a simplified experiment that explains why current in the Northern hemisphere spins in a clockwise direction and, Northern spins in an anti-clockwise direction.
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