Uganda BICYCLE TOURING STATISTICS
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Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa, consists of savanna plateau with mountains and lakes. ?The pearl of Africa,'' wrote Winston Churchill of this former British protectorate on the shores of Lake Victoria. Uganda features the misty Ruwenzori Mountains a home of the endangered mountain gorilla. The tropical climate is semiarid in the north and hot and humid in the south. More than 30 different ethnic groups and languages exist in Uganda; however, English is the official language and most Ugandans speak it. The largest ethnic group, the Baganda, comprises about 18 percent of the population and lives in south-central Uganda. The Langi and Acholi form the largest ethnic groups in the north, and together they are 10.8 percent of Ugandans. Most Ugandans are Christians, but there is a sizable Muslim minority. The African kingdom of Buganda became a British protectorate in 1894. Prosperous at independence in 1962, the country was brutalized under the chaotic regimes of Milton Obote and Idi Amin. In 1986, Yoweri Museveni came to power and restored stability to a large extent. In northern Uganda, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) plagued the Acholi and other peoples until driven from the region by the Ugandan army in 2005. Ugandan forces fought in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in pursuit of the LRA and during the DRC civil war (1998-2003). The return of peace has helped the economy. Agriculture is the livelihood for about 80 percent of Ugandans.
13% of Ugandan(s) live in urban centers, and 67% can read and write one of the many languages such as English, Ganda, other local languages, Swahili, Arabic. Ugandan(s) have an average life expectancy rate of 50 years and most follow the Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim religions. 82% Agriculture of Ugandan(s) work in the agriculture industry which produces , and 5% Industry work in the industry producing sugar, brewing, tobacco, cotton textiles, cement, steel. Another 13% Services work in the services sector such as tourism and retail environments. coffee, fish and fish products, tea, cotton, flowers, horticultural products, gold are regularly exported to other countries in the world from Uganda. The Gross Domestic Product per capita is $1,300 with 6.60% annual growth.
Uganda uses the telephone country code of 256 and internet hosts use the .ug suffix. Uganda uses the Shilling (UGX).
The first Ugandan shilling (UGS) replaced the East African shilling in 1966 at par. Following high inflation, a new shilling (UGX) was introduced in 1987 worth 100 old shillings. The shilling is now a stable currency and predominates in most financial transactions in Uganda, which has a very efficient foreign exchange market with low spreads. The United States dollar is also widely accepted. The pound sterling and increasingly the euro are also used. In 1987, notes were introduced in the new currency in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 shillings. In 1991, 500 and 1000 shilling notes were added, followed by 5000 shillings in 1993, 10,000 shillings in 1998, 20,000 shillings in 1999, 50,000 shillings in 2003 and 2000 shillings in 2010. Banknotes currently in circulation are 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 shillings. In 2005, the Bank of Uganda was considering whether to replace the low value notes such as the 1000 shilling with coins. The lower denomination notes take a battering in daily use, often being very dirty and sometimes disintegrating. On 17 May 2010, the Bank of Uganda issued a new family of notes featuring a harmonized banknote design that depict Uganda’s rich historical, natural, and cultural heritage. They also bear improved security features. Five images appear on all the six denominations: Ugandan mat patterns, Ugandan basketry, the map of Uganda (complete with the equator line), the Independence Monument, and a profile of a man wearing Karimojong headdress. Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the new notes did not constitute a currency reform, nor were they dictated by politics.
(One Canadian Dollar equals 0 UGX)
Road Conditions: Very poor upon entry, got better after 200km. Mostly Paved, Dirt roads are being worked on and paved.
Hills: Minimal Hills on the east, Flat in North, Holy hills in west and South
Best Beer: Primus
Visa Cost: 50
Visa Length: 90 days days
Distance Traveled: 1616.94 km
Distance Ascended: 15,472 m
Distance Descended: 14,505 m
Energy Consumed: 76,413 calories
Overall Cost: $699.68|
|Longest Day: 2013-05-31 - 117.56 km|
Most Climbed: 2013-05-31 - 1349.00 m
|Most Energy Burned: 2013-05-31 - 5662.00 calories|
Most Expensive Day: 2013-05-10 - $ 63.37
|Date||Location||Distance (km)||Cost ($CAD)||Map|
|2013-09-11||Misaka Maria, UG||73.33||$1.19||Map|
|2013-06-09||Lake Bunyoni, UG||0.00||$13.47|
|2013-06-08||Lake Bunyoni, UG||0.00||$38.42|
|2013-06-03||Fort Portal, UG||0.00||$2.77|
|2013-06-02||Fort Portal, UG||0.00||$2.77|
|2013-06-01||Fort Portal, UG||0.00||$13.47|
|2013-05-31||Fort Portal, UG||117.56||$4.95||Map|
|2013-04-24||Karuma Game Reserve, UG||98.41||$2.57||Map|