The Uganda Equator

August 16, 2019

The Uganda Equator Line, A Must Visit Destination on your Uganda Vacation.

Don’t listen to what they say, Go see!  If you’re in Uganda, you may not see any reason why visiting or having a 20 Minutes stop at the Equator Line on your Ugandan Safari is a pleasure!

Besides Uganda being a favorite home to primates like Mountain gorilla where the biggest numbers are found in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park and Mgahinga gorilla National park, Chimpanzee tracking in  Kibale  forest national park and a home to the world’s longest river Nile, just to remind you Uganda owns another treasure of being one of the 13 countries in the whole world where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two halves passes that is the Equator.

The equator is an imaginary line that circles the Earth, splitting it into northern and southern hemispheres. Any location that lies along the equator is equidistant from the North and South Poles.

The Uganda Equator at kayabwe is about: 9,640 KM / 6025 M from the North Pole 9,640 KM / 6025 M from the South Pole 1267 M / 3800 FT above Sea Level and 22 degrees Longitude / 0 degrees Latitude

The Equator is a Key landmark that crosses into Uganda at a point situated on 80km south of Kampala along Kampala -Masaka highway. It Provides Unique experience not to be missed while heading to the Western Part of Uganda.

At this point there are two circular Monuments on either sides of the road that state “Uganda Equator” marking the equator line drawn in the middle of the road and it is worth stopping if you are travelling to Masaka or Kampala during your western Uganda wildlife tour for a photo moment while standing on both sides of the world any time. Also along the way, you get lots of opportunities to see snippets of Ugandan life, rural towns, markets, people make an interesting spectacle.

Also, watch a demonstration with explanation of a Water Experiment by a guide on how water swirls in the opposite directions in the   Northern and Southern hemisphere at the Equator line.

You can as well visit one for the many restaurants that have opened up for lunch or a snack and there are also crafts shops for souvenir shopping. Many of these curio shops work with foundations that greatly improve the livelihoods of the surrounding local communities with projects like Aid a Child and scholarships to children that lost their parents to AIDS

This is not only the Equator monument that Uganda has there is another one located in Kasese District and can be visited on your tour to Mountain Rwenzori National Park or on your Wildlife Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park and place a foot in the southern and northern hemisphere as you enjoy great Photo Opportunities. If you are going to Western Uganda with us on a Safari – you will not miss a visit to the Equator in Uganda.

How many countries does the equator pass through?

The Equator passes through 13 countries: Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Sao Tome & Principe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Maldives, Indonesia and Kiribati.

Of these 13 countries that lie on the equator, seven are in Africa (Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia) the most of any continent, while South America is home to three of the nations (Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil). The remaining three (Maldives, Kiribati, and Indonesia) are island nations in the Indian and Pacific oceans.  The landmasses of Maldives and Kiribati, however, do not touch the equator itself. Instead, the equator passes through water controlled by these two island countries.

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