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Uganda

Kibale Forest

Uganda is a relatively small country, the land area being just 77,108 square miles (199, 710 square kilometers), however the East African country is a hot spot for wildlife due to its varied landscapes. Bordered on the west by Congo, on the north by the Sudan, on the east by Kenya, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda, Uganda lies across the equator and is divided into three main areas—swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. The expansive Lake Victoria forms part of the southern border and geographically comprises a considerable portion of Uganda. A number of the small islands on the lake are inhabited, however the most densely populated area of the country is, by far, the capital, Kampala. The estimated population of Uganda in 2009 was 32, 369, 558, displaying a growth rate of 2.7%.

Often referred to as the Pearl of Africa, in addition to the three main terrains, Uganda also boasts snow-capped mountains, lush rainforests and the highest variety of bird species within Africa at 1062. There are also 364 different species of mammals, including 13 diurnal primate species and 6 nocturnal species.

During the Uganda Handshake expedition we visited a number of sanctuaries and organisations, including Ngamba Island, UWEC, and JGI, producing digital content to aid their various schemes. For more information follow the links.

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