The 15th Congress of the African Water Association
will take place in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.
Uganda is a landlocked country, bordered by Sudan
to the North, DRC to the west, Rwanda and Tanzania
to the South, and Kenya to the East, lying astride
the equator between latitudes 4deg.0' North and
1deg.30' South of the equator, and longitudes 30deg.0' East and 35deg.0' East of Greenwich, covering
an area of 242,554 km2. Figure 1 and Table 1 below illustrates a summary of the country’s location
and profile. The country has a pleasant climate – although it lies close to the equator, Kampala’s altitude
means that temperatures rarely rise above 30°C or fall below 18°C. Rainfall is high and well-distributed
throughout the year, hence the dark green colour of the landscape.

Total Area: 241.038 Sq. Km
Land Area:197.097 Sq. Km
Water and Swamps: 43.942 Sq. Km
Altitude : 1.000 m.a.s.l
Mean Temp.: 21°C
Annual Rainfall:1380 mm
Population: 28 millions
Official language: English
Currency: Uganda Shilling
Climate: Tropical, rainy with two dry seasons
(Dec. to Feb and Jun. to Aug.)
Terrain: Mostly Plateau with rim of mountains
Driving: Keep left
International dialing code: +256
Official languages: English and Swahili

About Kampala City

Kampala city 'the capital city' of Uganda originally known
as the city of seven hills (now twenty one) is the largest
urban center in Uganda, accounting for an estimated
1.3 Million people. Standing on any of the hills, which are
at an altitude of approximately 1,200 meters,
one is amazed by the unexpected greenness of the city,
interrupted by red-tiled villas, green-roofed bungalows with
their white walls and modern tall buildings in the central
business district. Kampala is located on the Northern shores of Lake Victoria at an altitude of 1,310 meters
above sea level. The climate of Kampala is typical of an inland tropical city, modified by altitude,
and distance from the sea. The mean temperature of the city is 22°C, with a mean maximum of 27°C and
a mean minimum of 17°C. Over the years, Kampala has grown fast and now sprawls over more than 20 small
hills covering more than 300 km that stretch.
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs.
Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English, which is the official language. Of 30 plus different
indigenous languages, Luganda serves as something of a lingua franca. Driving is on the left side. Visitors
without experience of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive.
The City has retained its traditional charm, and remains the greenest in Africa. 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
and fish-filled lakes. A couple of the cafes in central Kampala now have Broadband connection, which is
reliable. There are a number of shopping malls containing supermarkets, book-shops, more cafés, clothes
shops, a cinema and banks. There are several cafés serving steaming Arabica coffee, picked and processed
on the slopes of two of Uganda’s mountain areas (Elgon and Rwenzori - the Mountains of the Moon),
locally-grown team and juices made from fresh local pineapples, mangoes, paw-paws and passion fruit.
The city has many good bars and night-clubs, particularly in the central business district. Only the top
international hotels accept credit cards, with cash payment preferred for almost all services and goods.
The international banks are well represented and money can be withdrawn from their cash machines using credit/debit cards. Foreign exchange dealers can be found throughout the city and give better rates than
the commercial banks. A note of caution: US Dollar notes dated earlier than the year 2000 are not accepted
anywhere, including the Immigration Service. Also low rates of exchange are given for low denomination notes.

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