Uganda is a beautiful country - lush and green (which means it gets its fair share of rain). Uganda has a variety of wildlife and birdlife that is unmatched by almost any other country, with the big draw being the mountain gorilla. But there are lots of other things to see along the way. We planned a 12-day tour which covered most of the south-western part of Uganda. For Uganda, we decided to use a tour company, who provided a car and driver for our 12-day itinerary. We decided to not self-drive in Uganda to give us some time to adjust to what being on the road in Africa might be like. It turned out to be a good decision!
We love to visit novel places when we travel, and when we discovered there was a place along our route through Uganda that celebrated the fact it is bisected by the equator we simply had to visit.
There are seven countries that are traversed by the equator in Africa. These are Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
There are a couple of accessible places where the equator passes through Uganda, one of the more popular is located between Nabusanke and Kayabwe along the Masaka Road, about 72km southwest of Kampala. It is a common route to travel from Kampala / Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
The area is fairly commercialised to take advantage of the tourists who stop to grab a photo. So, there are plenty of places to get a souvenir or two. The equator line crosses the road, and there are monuments on either side of the road which make a fun place for a photograph.
There are also men on hand who for a small fee will show you the effects of water spinning in opposite directions going down a plug hole on either side of the equator.
There is a small cafe that the equator passes through where you can get a tasty cup of Ugandan coffee. You can sit on a table outside with your legs straddling the equator!
This is not really a destination, but if you are visiting the gorillas at Bwindi you will be likely passing through, so it is worth a stop.
Where is The Uganda Equator