If you are planning to visit Uganda as a solo traveler, there are many incredible cities that you need not to miss to pay a visit. Uganda lies within East African and bordered by several countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and others. Kampala is its capital city and the largest town. It is a major commercial hub and unlike other cities, most of Uganda’s cities are not over populated. The main cities that you need to pay a visit as a solar visit in Uganda include;
This is capital city of Uganda and busiest commercial center. It comprises of a population of about 1659600 as for 2011 with variety of ethnic groups. The biggest ethnic group mainly consists of Baganda, Banyankole, Basoga, Batoro, Bakiga, Bafumbira, Alur, Iteso, Langi, Banyaro and Acholi. For those born within the city can be identified by their cultures. Most of the Banyankole migrated from western Uganda to city center at time when H.E. Yoweri Museveni took over power. However, tribal intermarriages outside the city are rare and most people tend to speak their mother language alongside luganda, English and Kiswahili. Over 25 commercial banks have been licensed to operate in this city and there are many media houses.
This stunning town lies suitably along the shoreline of Lake Victoria approximately 40 kilometers southwest of Kampala. It is from this town where Uganda’s international airport is found and features as the main gateway to Uganda. It is also where the 2nd presidential home is found. This town derived its name from luganda word “Entebe” denoting seat or chair. Entebbe is mostly where many Baganda chiefs used to seat when solving legal conflicts. It was adopted by the colonial government as the administrative center of this nation. Besides, there is also Uganda Wildlife Education Center and the remarkable botanical gardens which are the main destinations for you to explore while on solo trip. In 2011, over 79700 people were registered to be living within this town.
Suitably located in eastern Uganda, Jinja is remarkably adrenaline capital of adventures in East Africa. Equally, it straddles within the shoreline of Lake Victoria approximately 87 kilometers’ drive on from the capital city Kampala. It is Uganda’s oldest industrial center and the second busiest town after Kampala. It is from this town where there is Owen falls dam and recently a modern bridge. Historically, it began as a small fishing village along the Nile and then it was named after a luganda and lusoga word ‘ejjinja’ denoting a rock or stone. This was adopted as a result of huge rocks that were found around Rippon falls. In 2012, more than 501300 people lived in this town.
This also lies in eastern side of Uganda and home to the Bamasaba people. It is 245 kilometers’ drive from Kampala and also features as the biggest commercial hub in eastern region. While on solo trip in Mbale don’t miss to pay a visit to Sipi falls, Mount Elgon National Park, tea/coffee/banana plantations, local communities for cultural encounters and other areas.
As you head to northern Uganda, Gulu is that one town you need not to miss to pay a visit while on solo safari. This is a major business capital for the Acholi sub region and the northern region. It is approximately 340 kilometers drive north of Kampala. It derived its name from Acholi word ‘pot’ denoting to its location in a depression of the prehistoric flood plain. In 2012, more than 396500 lived in this city.
This is the biggest town in western Uganda and it is about 4 hours’ drive from Kampala. It serves as a major stopover for most tourists on safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and many tourist attractions in western Uganda.
In conclusion, Uganda is incredibly one of the stunning countries in East Africa with amazing towns, people and attractions worth exploring while you are on solo trip. With the above towns, we believe that you won’t be left out choice. A visit to any of them rewards travel endeavors with rare attractions and experiences.