Where is Uganda Found?
Uganda is found on the African continent.
Uganda is found in East-Central Africa. Uganda is bordered to the north by South Sudan, to the East by Kenya, to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to the south by Tanzania, and the south-west by Rwanda.
On the East African Plateau
Uganda is found on the East African Plateau. The country mostly lies between latitudes 4°N and 2°S, and longitudes 29° and 35°E. It stands at about 3,609 feet above sea level, sloping downwards to the Sudanese Plain to the north. Geographically, Uganda is mostly plateau with a rim of mountains.
In the Great Lakes region
Uganda is found in the African Great Lakes region. The region is comprised of countries that surround or are surrounded by the African Great Lakes. The southern part of Uganda includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with her neighbors; Tanzania and Kenya.
The African Great Lakes constitute a series of lakes in and around the East African Rift. The major lakes are; Lake Victoria, the world’s third-largest freshwater lake by area. Lake Tanganyika, the second largest freshwater lake by depth and volume in the whole world. And Lake Malawi; the world’s eighth-largest freshwater lake by area.
Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are the other countries in the African Great Lakes Region.
In the Greater Horn of Africa
The Horn of Africa is the region in the easternmost projection of the African continent.
Strictly, the region is said to cover only Djibouti, Eritrea, Somaliland, Somalia, and Ethiopia. The concept ‘Greater Horn of Africa’ is used to include the other countries in the region.
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, and South Sudan are the other countries in the region. Uganda is found in the Greater Horn of Africa.
In the Nile basin
Uganda is among the Nile riparian states. The country is a member of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), a confederation of the countries that share the Nile river.
The other Nile riparian states are; Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
Uganda is found in the Nile basin. The country generally has a warm tropical climate with average temperatures of 25 – 29 degrees centigrade. Uganda receives an annual rainfall of 1000mm – 1500mm, with its rainy seasons being between March to May and September to November. The dry spells occur from January to February and June to August.
In the Equatorial region
Uganda is among the few countries on the globe that is traversed by the Equator. Uganda is found in the equatorial region.
The Equator is designated as the 0° latitude, an imaginary line that divides the earth into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The equator is about 40,075km long, with about 78.7% of it passing through water and the rest through land.
The Equator is one of the five most important latitudes on the earth. The other latitudes include; the Antarctic Circle, Arctic Circle, Tropic of Capricorn, and Tropic of Cancer. Kenya, Somalia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil, Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Ecuador, Colombia, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, are the other countries traversed by the equator.
Water bodies traversed by the equator include; Lake Victoria, the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Karimata Strait, the Gulf of Tomini, the Makassar Strait, Molucca Sea, and the Halmahera Sea.
Uganda is Landlocked
Uganda is a landlocked country. Though most of the country’s border is lakeshore, Uganda is landlocked. It has no access to the sea. Uganda contains many large lakes. Large expanses of Lake Victoria are found in Uganda; 45 percent (31,000 square kilometers). Lake Kyoga, Lake Albert, Lake Edward, and Lake George are the other major lakes in the country.
Uganda’s Geographical size
Uganda has a total surface area of 241,551 square kilometers (93,263 square miles). These includes are a total land area of 200,523 square kilometers (77,422 square miles), and a water area of 41,028 square kilometers (15,841 square miles).
Uganda’s highest elevation point is 5,111 meters (16,768 feet), which is Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley. The country’s lowest point is 614 meters (2,014 feet), which is the Albert Nile at Uganda’s border with South Sudan.
69,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), about 34.41% is arable land. 28,100 square kilometres (10,800 square miles), about 14.01% is Forest cover. 22,500 square kilometres (8,700 square miles), about 11.22% is permanent crops. 80,931 square kilometres (31,248 square miles), about 40.36% is dedicated to other activities.
The count of irrigated land amounts to 140 square kilometers (54 square miles). The country’s total renewable water resources amount to about 60 cubic kilometers.
Besides land, other natural resources in Uganda include; hydropower, gold, copper, limestone, cobalt, and salt.
Uganda’s Population size
Based on World meter elaboration of the latest United Nations data, the population of Uganda currently stands at 45,387,978 people. The country’s population is expected to rise to 45,741,007 by mid-2020, according to UN data.
Uganda’s population is equivalent to 0.59% of the total world population. The country stands at number 31 on the list of countries and dependencies by population. Uganda’s population density is 229 per Km2.
Uganda is found in Africa and her place in the world is acknowledged!