Travellers are flocking to Uganda’s beautiful mountains, trekking opportunities, and communities of mountain gorillas. Kampala is now the modern, bustling capital of a new Uganda – a country with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.
The church in Uganda is looking ahead to see God continue to transform the nation. Uganda is famous as one of the first countries in the world to see a dramatic reduction in HIV prevalency rates. The war in northern Uganda which led to over 1 million people being displaced from their homes ended with a ceasefire in 2006. Since then northern Uganda has begun a process of redevelopment, although many people remain traumatised. Poverty and unemployment remain as major social problems throughout the country.
The diversity of Uganda’s peoples, as well as the country’s attractions, will continue to draw visitors to this country straddling the equator. For those considering a visit, you will be rewarded by national parks untravelled by the masses, rare and endangered animals that cannot be seen elsewhere on the continent, spectacular bird life, trekking on the volcanoes of the Virunga and Mt. Elgon, and the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ – the Rwenzori Mountains – a proclaimed a world heritage site.
|Full Name||Republic of Uganda|
|Head of State and Government||President Yoweri Museveni|
|Area||236 040km2 (15.39% water)|
|Population||41,487 ,965 (2016)|
|Time Zone||GMT/UTC+3 (East African Time)|
|Languages||Official: English (1st); Swahili (2nd)
Vernacular: Luganda / Lusoga (around Jinja)
There are over 40 languages spoken in Uganda.
|Currency||Ugandan Shilling (UGX / USh) locally written as /=|
Jinja is best known for its location at the source of the Nile River. For most visitors, it is not Jinja town they come to visit, but rather they come to experience the river rafting, quad biking, and bungee jumping conducted on the Nile some 8 kilometres out of Jinja near the beautiful Bujagali Falls.
Jinja lies on the shores of Lake Victoria. Old Asian-style buildings characterize the town, reflecting the days when the town had a sizeable Asian community. Many Asians returning to Uganda are choosing to set up businesses in Jinja, and the town is once again becoming prosperous.
Jinja is close to the Owen Falls Dam, a hydroelectric station that supplies Uganda with the bulk of its electricity. The main road between Kampala and Jinja runs across the top of the dam, and the railway line crosses on a bridge close by. Before the building of the Owen Falls Dam, the Nile’s source was the Ripon Falls, where the Nile left Lake Victoria on its way to the Mediterranean. The waters of the new dam inundated and submerged the falls.
Jinja is 80 kilometres northeast of Kampala and is easily accessible by buses and minibus taxis (matatu). There is a good tarmac road between Kampala and Jinja, which continues to the Malaba and Busia border posts with Kenya.
Several bus companies operate services between Nairobi and Kampala, passing through Jinja on the way.