The Equator runs through Uganda and you can visit it
Not to Miss: Visiting the Equator in Uganda – The Pearl of Africa
Not to Miss: Visiting the Equator in Uganda – The Pearl of Africa while you are traveling toward Western Uganda or returning from Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and Lake Mburo Park. Uganda is one of the few nations around the world where the equator runs through it and the best place to visit and explore the Equator in Kayabwe, Mpigi District, 72 kilometers from Kampala. You can also find equator markers near Entebbe, Queen Elizabeth Park, however the primary Equator Destination in Uganda is on the Kampala – Masaka Road.
Do not miss a visit to the Equator while visiting Uganda
The Equator in Uganda:
Visiting the Equator in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa -The primary Equator Destination in Uganda is on the Kampala-Masaka Road has become a well-known landmark and must visit destination for visitors and tourists visiting Uganda.
Not only is it a destination where to stand on the equator -The Equator Landmark on the the Road to Western Uganda has become a thriving hub made up of some trendy restaurants and shops where to buy souvenirs from Uganda that you can take home.
What is the Equator:
The Equator is an imaginary Line that divides the world, earth into two Regions of the northern and southern hemispheres. Along this imaginary like called the equator, a magnetic needle like found on a compass would have no dip and remain in a perfect horizontal position.
You can stand on the Equator with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern one and be in both sides of the world. One is lighter standing at the equator, however once you leave your original weight returns. There is no gravitational pull while standing at the equator and your weight is reduced by about 3 percent.
At the equator the sun rises and falls rapidly, with equal number of hours in day and nighttime. The climate and temperature around the equator is pretty constant through the year making it a rather pleasant place to be at. Water runs down in sinks clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
So-called Scientific Demonstrations at the Equator:
Showmanship and the desire to make a little cash causes some to show the flow of water going down clockwise and counterclockwise in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
This is called the Coriolis effect, a scientifically-proven effect whereby something in motion veers to the left or right when traveling on a rotating body like the earth. Some high-pressure cyclonic weather systems do this, rotating clockwise in the northern and counter-clockwise in the southern hemisphere.
Here is the reality, you need a bit more water, quite a bit more than what you find used in demonstrations on the Equator in Uganda, to make their point they use a bit of showmanship and simulate the effect.
Souvenir Shops and Restaurants:
You can buy some great Ugandan crafts and souvenirs at the Equator. Most of the craft shops sell souvenirs and handmade products while some with marks talking about the Equator. Here you can buy the popular T-Shirt with “I crossed the Uganda Equator” on it.
Aid Child gallery and Tribal Art & Crafts sell their products in a neat and organized way. more-so than their competitors. There is also the Papula Paper organization that has some nice paper products made from recycled materials.
The two good restaurants at the equator are found in the Tribal Art & Crafts shop and the other at Aid Child café. Descent Food and good coffee but at a higher cause, nevertheless the profits go to a good cause.
If you are going to Western Uganda with us on a Safari – you will not miss a visit to the Equator in Uganda.
Visiting the Equator in Uganda – We will always include a visit to the Equator on safaris that take in Western Uganda and pass by the Equator.