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THE UGANDA EQUATOR

The Uganda equator is found in Mpigi district along the Kampala-Masaka Road it is a great fun time stop over where most people love taking pictures at the monuments with legs apart one in the southern and the other in the northern hemisphere. The imaginary line divides the world into two halves at 0 degrees latitude. It is land marked in the country at two points in masaka and in Queen Elizabeth national Park second largest of the conservation areas endowed with a rich biodiversity of plant and tree species, beautiful moments are shared while at the equator that one shouldn’t miss.

Straddling along the equator is an interesting moment, experiments are being carried out to differentiate between the northern and southern hemispheres with facts like the sunrises and sets earlier at the equator, it is at this place where you weigh less kilograms by 3% on the imaginary line, because gravity is low. Demonstrations using the snow Manship show the effect of water, going clockwise on the northern side and counter-clock wise on the southern hemisphere corresponding to the Coriolis effect a scientific description lying in earth’s rotation, its responsible for the legendary cause of the direction on water swirls. Water at the exact equator point drops straight down because the movement and drainage of water will differ from the other parts of the world.

The equator is worth reaching for shopping, there are a number of craft shops run by individuals and organisations these sell souvenirs and locally made products for example clothes, key holders, badges, caps, walking sticks, jewellery, craft sandals some of which have been marked ‘I crossed the equator’, I love Uganda, amongst other slogans. There are two restaurants at the equator where one can grab a Ugandan coffee, snack or food. This is a great pass by for tourists travelling through to the Western parks of Uganda, lunch en-route could probably be taken at the equator, day tours can be organised to the place and back to Kampala Uganda’s capital.

The equator is one of the most known historical land marks in Uganda well marked with two statues and clearly marked line, Uganda is one of the few countries where the imaginary line passes, the climate is pleasantly warm with average between 24-33 degrees celicious climate is generally favourable for a visit, trips to western Uganda can be inter connected together with paying a visit to the equator.

There are several attractions in the country including animals most of which are endemic to Uganda, plant species, mountains, water falls, national parks and game reserves, birds, presenting an opportunity to do activities like game drives, nature walks, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, birding, to mention a few.

The equator is located 72 kilometres from Kampala the capital city of Uganda in Mpigi District South of Kampala, it is advisable to wear long sleeved light clothes, hats, sunscreen, insect repellents and any other personal material needed for a safari in Uganda, there is available accommodation to stay either in Kampala or Masaka town.

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