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 traveling toward Western Uganda or returning from Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Lake Mburo Park.
There are several things you can do when visiting the Equator in Uganda. One of the most popular activities is to take a photo at the Equator monument, marking the spot where the Equator passes through the town. You can also participate in a demonstration of the Coriolis effect, which shows how water drains differently in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres due to the Earth’s rotation.
In addition, there are several shops and markets near the Equator monument where you can purchase souvenirs and handicrafts made by local artisans. You can also visit nearby attractions, such as the Mpambire Royal Drum Makers and the Igongo Cultural Center, which offer insights into Uganda’s rich cultural heritage.
Uganda is one of the eleven nations where the Equator runs through it. The best place to visit and explore the Equator in Uganda is 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 visiting 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 Safari,s going west or returning to Kampala or Entebbe.
The Equator passes through 13 countries: Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Sao Tome & Principe, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Maldives, Indonesia, and Kiribati.
You are in Uganda, one of those 13 countries. Do not miss the one-of-a-kind equator experience.
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.
It is a place where you can stand in both hemispheres. It is a landmark in Uganda for tourists and anyone passing by.
-The Equator on the Road to Western Uganda has become a thriving hub of trendy restaurants and shops to buy souvenirs from Uganda you can take home.
NGOs set up some of the Shops, and money raised through sales goes to the children the NGO supports.
Due to its popularity, the prices for food at restaurants and arts and crafts sold there have risen accordingly.
What is the Equator?
The Equator is an imaginary line that divides the world and 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 perfectly horizontal.
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, and 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 equal hours in day and nighttime.
The climate and temperatures around the Equator are constant throughout the year, making it a pleasant place. Water runs in sinks clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
Experience the Weather at the Equator in Uganda. Spend an hour or two on the Equator in Uganda.
Are the so-called Scientific Demonstrations on the Equator Real?
Showmanship and the desire to make a little cash are why you find some trying to show the flow of water going down clockwise and then counterclockwise in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
The Coriolis effect is 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 rotate clockwise in the northern and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere.
Here is the reality about attempts to demonstrate the Coriolis effect while you are at the Equator. You need more water than you find used in demonstrations on the Equator in Uganda. They use a bit of showmanship and simulate the effect to make their point. No, a reason to get mad at them. It is pure entertainment. Enjoy the show.
Even the esteemed Bradt Guide to Uganda calls the demonstration showmanship. We go a bit further and say enjoy the showmanship.
Souvenir Shops and Restaurants:
You can buy some excellent Ugandan crafts and souvenirs at the Equator. Most 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 neat and organized products. More so than their competitors. The Papula Paper organization also has some cute paper products made from recycled materials.
The two good restaurants at the Equator are found at the Tribal Art & Crafts Souvenir 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