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Visiting the Equator in Uganda – Pearl of Africa

Posted by on March 22, 2021

The Equator runs through Uganda, and you can visit it

Not to Miss:  Visiting the Equator in Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Visiting the Equator in UgandaNot 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 eleven nations around the world where the equator runs through it.  The best place to visit and explore the Equator in Uganda is in Kayabwe, Mpigi District, seventy-two kilometers from Kampala.

You can also find equator markers near Entebbe, Queen Elizabeth Park. However, the site of choice is on the road west toward Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and beyond.

Do not miss a visit to the Equator while on Safari in Western Uganda. It is a perfect Lunch stop halfway to or from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Lake Mutanda or Lake Bunyonyi, and Queen Elizabeth Park. 

We stop at the Equator on all our Safaris going west or returning to Kampala or Entebbe|

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-see and do destination for visitors and tourists alike.

Not only is it a place where you can stand in both hemispheres, it is a landmark in Uganda not just for tourists but anyone passing by.

-The Equator  on 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.

Some of the Shops were set up by NGO’s and money raised through sales go to the children that the NGO supports.

Due to its popularity, the prices have risen accordingly for food at restaurants there and arts and crafts sold there.

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 with this imaginary line called the equator, a magnetic needle-like found on a compass would have no dip and remain in a perfectly horizontal position.

You can stand on the Equator with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern one and be on both sides of the world. That in itself is a reason to visit.

One is lighter standing at the equator. You have not lost weight, 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 an equal number of hours in day and nighttime.  T

he climate and temperatures around the equator are pretty constant throughout the year, making it a rather pleasant place to be. Water runs down in sinks clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

Are the so-called Scientific Demonstrations at the Equator Real?

Showmanship and the desire to make a little cash is the reason that you find some trying to show the flow of water going down clockwise and then counterclockwise in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

This is called the Coriolis effect, a scientifically proven consequence  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 about attempts to demonstrate theCoriolis effect while you are at the Equator.  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. No, reason to get mad at them, it is pure entertainment. Enjoy the show.

Souvenir Shops and Restaurants:

You can buy some excellent Ugandan crafts and souvenirs at the Equator. Most of the craft shops sell souvenirs and handmade products. 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 cute 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. Decent food and good coffee but at a higher cost, 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.

Uganda – The Equator Runs through it


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